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New Student Advising

We’re here to guide you in your new journey.

As an enrolled first-year or transfer student, you’ll get close advising from a faculty member in your intended major even before you come to campus. Your advisor will  assist with your class schedule. Be sure to activate your LVC email account, as they will use that account to reach you.

Preparing For Your Advising Session

For the best advising experience, please complete the steps below as soon as possible in advance of your advising session.

1. Take a short online language placement test. Required for nearly all new students, placement on this test helps you and your advisor plan your coursework. Access the test in your application portal and complete it before New Student Advising Day.

2. Set up your LVC email account. You can find your login information for your LVC account in your application portal under the Enrollment Forms link, or if you just deposited, within a few days from your enrollment date. If you experience any issues, visit our Information Technology website or email All official college emails related to advising and enrollment will come to your LVC account, so you should check it regularly.

3. If required…complete math placement testing. Only students majoring in Actuarial Science, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Data Science, Economics, Mathematics, and Physics, or those who wish to take Calculus I – MAS 161 have to take the math placement test.

Before you take the placement test, please note the following:

  • To access the test, first, set up your LVC email account. You will find your account information by following the Enrollment Forms link in your application portal.
  • You will complete the test on Canvas, our learning management system. Sign in with your LVC credentials.
  • We recommend setting aside 40 minutes of quiet, uninterrupted time. Please have paper and a pencil available. Calculators and other devices are not permitted.
  • Email Ken Yarnall ( with questions.

4. Choose a First-Year Experience (FYE) Course. Most new students must complete two FYE courses during their first academic year. This small, seminar-style course develops writing and critical reading skills, and the one-credit companion course assists students with the academic and emotional transition to college. Each FYE course is centered around a specific topic such as The American Dream, Social Justice, Film and Society, Sports Journalism, and more. Descriptions of the courses for Fall 2023 are available to review here. You will use the selection form in your LVC application portal (under the Forms/Info) to rank your top five FYE preferences.


What to Expect During Your Advising Session

1. Get to know your advisor. Your advisor will play a significant role in your academic life. It is their responsibility to support and guide your success from the time you arrive until you cross the stage at graduation. They are experienced professionals in their field, but they are also mentors who care about your needs. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about internships, advice for succeeding academically, what you should be doing to prepare for the semester, or where they like to eat in the area. You want to cultivate this relationship throughout your college career!

2. Tell them information about yourself. Are you playing a sport? What was your favorite subject in high school? What are you most nervous about for college? Your advisor can help you make the smartest decisions for your future ONLY if they know the whole story.

3. With your advisor, you will complete the following:

  • Declare your major and minor, if applicable: if you are undecided, choose our exploratory major.
  • Schedule major courses, or if you’re an Exploratory major, schedule a variety of courses based on interests. You can search for courses in AccessLVC (select “Course Catalog”).
  • Choose several alternate courses in case the chosen courses are full.

Our Registrar’s Office goes through each student’s course selection individually, working diligently to try and get students their top course choices. These hand-crafted schedules are just one example of how we consider and value each and every student. Course registrations for fall will be processed throughout the summer and will be available in mid-August. You will be able to see your final schedule in AccessLVC; students will be notified once course schedules are released.

Common Connections 2023 book and movie covers

Common Connection: Belonging

At LVC, the word belonging suggests a strong connection to others and seeing each other as a valuable part of the LVC community. Belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are; it allows us to be who we are.

To foster a common connection among the incoming class, please choose to read or watch one of the following before arriving on campus in August:

  • Disability Visibility by Alice Wong
    (free copies will be available at NSAD)
  • Kedi directed by Ceyda Torun
    (stream here using your LVC email and password)

This shared experience will build student connections by providing a collective topic by which we will engage in academic conversations on current societal issues. These intellectually stimulating discussions, held during the first week of your First-Year Experience course, will play an important role in your transition to the LVC academic community.

Financial Aid & Billing

At NSAD, Financial Aid and Business Office staff provide information on finalizing aid offers, the financial aid portal, billing dates, methods of payment, and more.


We’d love to see you in-person, but we understand this is a busy time of year for high school seniors! If you can’t attend NSAD, please notify Admissions ( to let them know. Your advisor will contact you via email to schedule an advising appointment in May or June. This meeting is typically done via Zoom, but in-person is possible if both parties are able and arrange to do so. You and your advisor will collaboratively map out your courses for the Fall 2023 semester. Please make sure you complete all relevant placement tests before your advising appointment.

No. Students and advisors only plan their courses during NSAD. Student schedules are not finalized until mid-August. Our hardworking folks in the Registrar Office go through each schedule individually to ensure that students have a spot in courses required for their program of study.

That depends on your major, but LVC students must complete at least 120 total credits to earn a degree: over a four-year period, that’s exactly 15 credits per semester. This is important to remember in terms of degree pace! Certain majors will carry more credits per semester due to major and/or accreditation requirements. If you are a full-time, first-year student, you’ll need a minimum of 12 credits, and most will have 14-16 credits.

Schedules are released by mid-August. Look out for a message to your LVC email address around this time. While this may seem late, there is a lot going on behind-the-scenes: our staff works diligently to match FYE course preferences and place students into gateway courses vital for their major.

While we make every effort to provide students with the schedule they requested, you may be registered for a different section (day/time) or for an alternate course, either based on alternate courses you discussed with your advisor (if provided) or for a different course that satisfies the same requirement.

If you need to make changes to your schedule, you will have an opportunity to do so during orientation in August, when there will be time devoted to advising and registration.

You’ll only be able to plan a partial schedule. Your academic advisor needs these test results in order to place you in an FYE of your choice, a math class that best suits your ability (if taking calculus or analysis), and/or a language class that aligns with your experience. If you arrive at NSAD without completing one or more of these tests, please visit CASEM in the lower-level of Mund, and a staff member will guide you through the appropriate tests.

Accommodations exist on the college level, but they are pretty different than high school accommodations. If you have a diagnosed disability, you should register with the Center for Accessibility Resources, where our director will meet with you one-on-one to establish appropriate and relevant academic accommodations. Common accommodations include extended test time in our testing center, note-takers, closed captioning, recorded lectures, priority registration, and foreign language substitutions. We also offer short-term accommodation for temporary illnesses or injuries (concussion, broken bone, surgery, etc.).

AP and IB scores aren’t generally released until July, If you haven’t already, please ensure LVC is listed as a recipient of your AP scores.  Once we receive the scores, we will apply credit according to our AP or IB policies and may adjust your fall course schedule as a result.

For dual-enrollment students or those who took courses at another institution, you must contact that institution to request that an official transcript, with your final grade(s), be sent to the Admissions Office at LVC ( Transcripts can typically be requested online from the institution; unofficial transcripts sent directly to you/screenshots will not be accepted. The Registrar’s Office at LVC will determine whether credits are transferable to LVC. At minimum, students must earn a C-or better in any transferrable course, and the coursework must be equivalent to or consistent with LVC curricula and standards. Transferred courses count for credit hours only—they are not factored into a student’s grade point average.

The more information your advisor has, the better they can advise you! Consider sharing any and all of the following, if applicable:

  • Student athletes: ask your coach for your practice and/or game schedule to avoid conflicts where necessary. Of course, not all conflicts can be avoided, but if you are an athlete, you must maintain full-time status (12 credits) during any given semester in order to maintain eligibility.
  • Commuters: keep in mind your commuting time, and consider whether you want time between classes. Again, some classes won’t have as much flexibility as others depending on available space.
  • Jobs: let your advisor know how many hours you anticipate working each week, and if there are any days/times that are particularly busy for you. Be prepared to adjust your work schedule if you are a full-time student: plenty of LVC students have off-campus (and on-campus) jobs, but working 20 hours a week and attending school full-time often presents significant struggles.
  • AP/IB/dual-enrollment/transfer credits: any anticipated transfer credits should be factored into the course scheduling process. Even if the transfer isn’t finalized yet, if you know you meet the requirements to transfer a certain course in, keep that in mind when scheduling for the fall semester and ensure you identify alternate courses.
  • Accommodations: if you had an IEP or 504 in high school, or if a certain subject area might present a specific difficulty based on a learning difference, work with your advisor (and the Center for Accessibility Resources) to figure out a reasonable schedule that works with your learning style. Certain academic accommodations are also available, based on your diagnosis. In order to receive these accommodations, you must register with LVC’s Center for Accessibility Resources.
  • Potential minors: minors are a good way to demonstrate an interest in a subject other than your major and allow you to develop valuable skills and experiences for a future career. Most minors at LVC only require 6-8 classes; some majors would even allow you to declare multiple minors.

Before You Arrive

Before New Student Advising Day, please complete your Language Placement Test and set up your LVC email account.