Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I know who my academic advisor is?
    • After logging into the Patriot Portal, click “Register for Classes.” Your advisor should be listed under “Advisee Details.” If you do not have an advisor listed or you have problems accessing this, please contact CASA at 661-1400.
  • Do I have to meet with my academic advisor?
    • Yes. In order to register for your classes, you need to meet with your advisor. In addition, your advisor is friendly and has a lot of great tips for you!
  • How do I set up meetings with my academic advisor?
    • If you are assigned to a CASA advisor, you can book your appointments through our website. Choose your advisor and schedule a time. If you are assigned to an advisor in an academic department, we suggest you call or email your advisor to book an appointment.
  • Can I register for classes without meeting with my academic advisor?
    • No. You need to meet with your academic advisor to be cleared to register for your classes.
  • How do I register for classes?
    • Click here for instructions on how to register for your classes.
  • Who do I go to if I’m having trouble with my classes?
    • You should talk to your advisor about any difficulties you’re having. You can also talk to your professors to get extra help with your classes. The Writing Center and Tutoring Center are also great resources for extra help.
  • How do I withdraw from a class?
    • You should talk to your advisor about whether you should withdraw from your class and, if so, how to do it.
  • Do I have to take all of the General Education courses?
    • Yes. You cannot graduate from FMU without completing your general education requirements.
  • How do I calculate my GPA?
    • You can visit the GPA calculator on the Financial Assistance web page or talk to your advisor.
  • What do I do if I want to change my major?
    • If you are assigned to a CASA advisor, please make an appointment to discuss your major change. If you are assigned to an advisor in an academic department, visit the academic department of the new major you would like to switch to.
  • How do I decide which major to choose?
    • There are several steps you can take. Talk to professors in courses that have interested you to learn about the major and associated career paths. You can also talk with Dr. Ronald Miller in Career Development to complete a career inventory and discuss the major and career options that might be right for you. Your advisor can also help you think about the courses that would prepare you for your future career.
  • How do I declare a minor or collateral?
    • Your advisor can help you declare your minor or collaterals.
  • What scholarships are available?
    • You should check with Financial Assistance about your eligibility for HOPE or LIFE scholarships, Palmetto Fellows, and other opportunities.
  • I have credits from another college. How do I know if my credits transferred?
    • You can check your degree audit to ensure that your transferred courses have been entered into FMU’s system.