A student’s first point of contact for academic advising needs is their primary advisor, which is listed on their One Bellarmine account. Primary advisors are an important resource for navigating a student’s major and working with the student to design and track progress on a four year plan.
SSC Advising oversees primary advising for all first year students. If you are student with sophomore status or above, your faculty advisor is your first point of contact.
If you are entering Bellarmine without declaring a major, you are an “undeclared major.” Research shows that 80 percent of freshmen – even those who have declared a major – say that they are uncertain about their major, and approximately 50 percent of students change their majors over the course of their academic career. Entering Bellarmine as undeclared has many advantages. Time spent as an undeclared student should be used to explore opportunities and career options available. We believe the liberal arts education provided at Bellarmine creates the perfect canvas for students to explore and experiment with the various degree options.
For students who are undeclared, we recommend using the beginning semesters to explore two types of courses: 1) general education requirements and 2) courses in an area of interest. General education courses consist of a minimum of 43 hours of coursework in areas such as philosophy, theology, mathematics, social science, natural science, history, and fine arts. Besides exposing students to a variety of unique disciplines, our general education courses help students build lifelong thinking and learning skills and a common body of knowledge that is critical for understanding one’s self and the community at large. The liberal arts education is viewed quite favorably by employers who say they favor Bellarmine graduates because of their writing abilities, critical thinking skills, and well-rounded nature. In addition to these liberal arts core requirements, undeclared students should also choose courses of interest in order to explore major options. Courses of interest can be selected from the majors and minors found in the Bellarmine catalog. SSC Advisors are the primary advisors for all undeclared students. Please contact your SSC advisor with further questions.
In addition to first-year advising, the Student Success Center provides primary academic advising for students in the second year of their nursing and exercise science program.
Bellarmine has two advisors on staff to work specifically with student athletes. These advisors work to ensure that student-athletes are enrolled full-time and on track to graduate; they also assist with time management, study skills, selection of major/change of major, course selection, withdraw from courses, use of tutoring and writing center, and review of degree completion. The advisors communicate with coaches regarding registration/scheduling, travel schedules, midterm and semester grades, individual player concerns. The advisors communicate with faculty to track at-risk students’ academic progress and monitor required study hours for these students. The advisors also meet with transfer athletes to register for classes and assist with transition and meet with incoming recruits and their parents to answer any academic questions they may have.
Transfers, non-traditional and readmit students, upon being admitted to Bellarmine, work directly with the Student Success Center Academic Advisors to define their initial areas of interest for the coming semester they will be enrolling in. The Academic Advisors also discuss with students their graduation timeline connected with their area of interest as outlined in the Course Catalog based on the student’s current college credits earned.
Students are provided an opportunity for orientation (program being created – hope to have a link to provide in future) before their initial semester begins. This is a great way to enable students to understand resources available to them and engage in the university to aid in their success.
Once their initial semester begins, the student is assigned an academic advisor within their major.