Office of Advising

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Academic advising is a crucial component of the educational mission of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University. The key to effective advising is to provide a professional and moral environment which will provide the student academic success and professional accomplishment. Academic advising is a collaborative relationship between advisors and advisees for the purpose of strengthening knowledge and abilities in establishing academic and career goals while meeting university requirements.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Advising is to provide academic advising and support services to assist and retain students within and beyond the freshman year and ensure that they are adequately equipped with the resources necessary for their success.

We offer

  • An advising experience, unique to Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, that focuses on each student’s holistic needs.
  • A transitionary program (First Year Student Experience) for all new students that promotes interaction with members of the college community.
  • Prompt and individual advising throughout the students’ academic career.
  • Assistance in scheduling classes.
  • Program-specific organizational documents that clarify curricular pathways.
  • Personal connections that enables the student to access various campus resources.
  • Experienced staff with a combined total of 60 years of experience.

Our Goals

  • To centralize student advising for first year students;
  • To ensure consistent and accurate information is distributed to all students in an efficient and timely manner;
  • To develop and implement strategies that promote student success, engagement and persistence of all students; and
  • To retain first year and continuing students until the completion of their degree requirements.

Academic Advising

We provide academic advising to all first year and first time students at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University. We assist with scheduling classes, tracking and maintaining appropriate curriculum plan progression and providing general support and guidance throughout our students’ matriculation.

Need help locating your advisor? Please contact the Office of Advising by calling 225-526-1620.


Who do I contact for questions regarding transfer credits/equivalents?

Contact the Office of Admissions. Upon admission to the university, an evaluation of a student’s academic record is performed by the Office of Admissions. 

Are all new students required to take ACSM 1110?

No.  If a student has previous college work with 30 credit hours and a 3.0 grade point average or 45 credit hours or more with a 2.0 grade point average the student is not required to enroll in ACSM 1110.

What does a number followed by XXX mean? Example SOCI 2XXX?

This denotes a course that was transferred in as an elective under that department name.  It is not equivalent in content with a course represented at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

Is there a cap for the number of hours taken in a semester?

Students may enroll for a maximum of 19 credit hours during fall and spring and 10 credit hours during the summer term (combined sessions).  The appropriate director or dean may allow students to schedule a maximum of 21 credit hours in the fall or spring and/or 12 credit hours during the summer.

How many hours can a student who is provisionally admitted or on probation register for?

Students who are admitted provisionally may register for no more than thirteen (13) credit hours in the Spring or Fall and no more than seven (7) hours in the summer.  Introduction to College Education and developmental courses may count as part or all of these hours. Students on probation may register for no more than twelve (12) credit hours in the Spring or Fall and no more than six (6) credit hours in the summer.

Are students guaranteed admission to a clinical program?

Students who exclusively take all prerequisite courses toward Nursing (WIN-Walk Into Nursing) or one of the health professions (WIHP-Walk Into Health Professions) at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University; who have a grade point average of 3.0 or better on all prerequisite coursework and who meet the minimum admissions requirements are guaranteed admission to the declared clinical program. 

What are TOPS and Financial Aid Guidelines?

For TOPS purposes students in the nursing program are considered to be full time with 9 or more hours.  For Federal Aid, (grants, loans and work study) a student must enroll in at least 6 hours to receive loans.  For students who fall below 12 hours and are receiving Pell Grants, their grant is pro-rated based on enrollment.

Do you offer completely online programs?

Currently, we offer two completely online programs. For more information about our online programs, please visit the Online Degrees page.