About Us


Advising First Mission:
Our mission is to provide a network of professional academic advisors and success coaches who support students as they establish and realize their personal, academic, and career goals at The Florida State University. The primary focus of our program is to assist and guide students so they are retained at the University from time of enrollment through to graduation. With expertise on university policies, resources and opportunities, and extensive training in effective guidance, our Advising First professionals promote students’ progress and growth throughout their academic careers. Through the relationships with advisors and/or coaches, our students are empowered to take personal responsibility and ownership of their educational endeavors.

Our Mission is Achieved Through:
• One-on-one meetings
• Student workshops and conferences
• Web-based outreach efforts
• Campus-wide events
• Class and residence hall presentations

Our Academic Advisors:
• Explain university policies and procedures
• Educate and monitor students on academic requirements and degree progress
• Guide students in planning educational and career goals
• Connect students with relevant university resources
• Recommend experiential learning opportunities

Our Success Coaches (coaching is only offered to selected incoming students):
• Actively support incoming students with their transition to the university
• Help students define academic, personal and career paths
• Support students in building necessary life skills to succeed at FSU and beyond
• Recommend activities and resources that help students make the most of their college experiences

Our Directors / Managers

| Linda Burns | Linda Burns, Center for Exploratory Students Program Manager

| Carly Taylor | Carly Taylor, Center for Success Coaching Program Manager

| Kathleen Smith | Kathleen Smith, Ph.D., Director

| John Carter | John Carter, Associate Director

| Kristen Karpinski | Kristen Karpinski, Associate Director

For general information, please call at 644-3430.

| Valerie Adams |

Valerie Adams
Program Assistant, Major Changes


| Rachel Hicks |

Rachel Hicks
Program Assistant, Receptionist