Who Does the Center for Academic Planning (CAP) Serve?
Current Exploratory Students
If you remain in the Exploratory major after completing your second term, you will receive advising services at the Center for Academic Planning.
Major Exploration and Reselection
If you are declared in a departmental major in your third term or above (sophomore, junior, or senior year) but you need assistance deciding on a new major, CAP advisors can help you explore your options. At your CAP advisor’s discretion, you may be allowed to change into the Exploratory program temporarily while you become eligible for your major of choice.
Prospective Transfer Applicants
Students who are hoping to transfer to FSU from another institution but who are not sure what major to select* can receive advising from the CAP office to help narrow down their options.
*Students who know what major they want and have questions about the requirements for entry should reach out to their intended major directly - CAP is strictly a resource for exploration.
What Should I Expect in My Meetings With CAP?
During your first visit to the CAP office, an advisor will review your academic records, ask questions about your goals and interests, and narrow down a couple of majors that may be a good fit for you. If you and your CAP advisor identify a major that you are immediately eligible for, you will be provided information about how to declare.
If it is determined that you need to remain Exploratory after your initial appointment, your CAP advisor will help you develop a feasible plan to declare your major in a timely manner. Our goal is for students to become eligible for major declaration within 1-2 semesters of joining the Exploratory program.
For every term that you are active in the CAP program, you will be required to meet with a CAP advisor at least once to discuss your progress toward major declaration and plan out your course schedule for the following semester.
How Can I Prepare for My Meeting with a CAP Advisor?
In preparation for your appointment at the Center for Academic Planning, we encourage you to do some major exploration on your own by visiting the FSU Academic Program Guide: http://www.academic-guide.fsu.edu/. Using the Academic Program Guide to choose one or more majors you are potentially interested in can help guide the conversation with your advisor and get you one step closer to selecting a major that is the right fit for you. Remember: Your CAP advisor can only provide general guidance and answer general questions about the major selection or reselection process. It is ultimately your responsibility to research the various majors offered at FSU and choose a program that fits your needs.
When trying to determine what major is the best fit for you, think about the following:
- What major will help me achieve my short-term and long-term educational and career goals?
- What do I value?
- What do I enjoy doing?
- What makes my life and work meaningful?
- What subjects did I enjoy studying the most?
- What subjects did I learn with the greatest ease?
- Where have I had successful experiences?
In addition, we would encourage you to do a bit of introspection before visiting the Center for Academic Planning focusing specifically on your short-term and long-term educational and career goals. By having a set of goals in mind, our advisors can help you determine the appropriate action steps you can take now and in the future to accomplish these goals.
How to Meet With Our Office
Appointments: Current FSU students can schedule an appointment with our office through Campus Connect. Log into your account at my.fsu.edu and click the CC (handshake) icon. You will then select Schedule an advising appointment > Advising.
From the dropdown options that appear, current Exploratory students should select their last name, and students from other majors should select “Major exploration assistance.”
Prospective transfer students should email our office at UGS-CAPAdvising@fsu.edu, or call us at 850-644-3430, for assistance scheduling an appointment.
Drop-In Advising: CAP also offers drop-in advising where students can meet with an advisor without needing an appointment. Drop-in advising is hosted Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. Current students and prospective transfer applicants can join us in person or via Zoom.
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