First-Year and Exploratory Advising

During your first year and while you are Exploratory, you are assigned to a Gateway academic advisor who is trained to advise for all NAU-Flagstaff majors. Your advisor will be your first point of contact when you have questions about things like enrollment, degree progress, academic support, and more. Your advisor will help you master the First-Year Academic Advising Learning Outcomes.

Contacting your Advisor

You can e-mail or call your advisor at any time. Watch the “find your advisor” video on Gateway’s YouTube channel to learn how to find your advisor’s name and contact information.

You can also talk to your advisor by coming to walk-in advising, attending an advising workshop, or scheduling an appointment.

"Academic Advising 101"

Use the content in “Academic Advising 101” in Bb Learn to learn about exploring degree plans, tracking progress, picking a major, and enrolling in classes. We strongly encourage completing the modules and activities prior to scheduling an appointment or attending walk-in advising.

Learn how to use each tool with tutorial videos on Gateway's YouTube channel.

USC 150: Making Major Decisions
This course is designed to help you make big decisions in general, and decisions about your major in particular. Through identifying strengths and interests, setting goals, clarifying values, and reflecting on the decision making process, you will develop a framework for making academic, career and life decisions. Click here to learn more.
Exploratory Advising

If you are unsure of your major or are exploring your options, you may always meet with a Gateway academic advisor to discuss your interests. We have resources for exploratory students like O-Net Online, What Can I Do With This Major?, and the NAU Academic Catalog

Ask an advisor about upcoming events for Exploratory students.


Advising Holds
First-year and Exploratory students may have an advising hold placed on their accounts, requiring advising before enrollment. See your advisor to clear this hold and enroll in courses. You can get your hold lifted by coming to walk-in advising, attending an advising workshop, or scheduling a 1:1 appointment.
College Success Program
The College Success Program (CSP), through Academic Transition Programs, supports students who demonstrated a 2.75 or below high school core GPA at the time of admission with specialized course content, individualized scheduling, and expert advising.
Priority Enrollment
Priority Enrollment is for incoming students who have not started at NAU yet. Before coming to Orientation, submit your Priority Enrollment profile. Your advisor will use this to enroll you in classes appropriate to your profile and major for your first term.