Where am I?

First Year Students

Welcome to Fontbonne! We’re glad you chose to join our community and we want to make sure that you have a successful first year with us. If you have any questions about how to get things done or how Fontbonne works, please stop by our office in Ryan 107 or e-mail Academicadvising@fontbonne.edu. If you wish to contact Academic Advising by phone, please call (314) 719-3654.

We will be happy to help you or to direct you wherever you may need to go.  For frequently asked questions, please visit our FAQ page.

What can I expect from college?

You will find that college is very different from high school in almost every way.

This may sound obvious, but you may need to make some adjustments that you hadn’t thought about.

Expect instructors to treat you as an adult.

They will expect you to read the syllabus, come to class prepared, keep up with deadlines on your own, and turn in assignments on time. Most instructors do not accept late work.

College classes move at a faster pace than high school courses do, and cover more material in a shorter time.

This means it is much more difficult to catch up if you miss class.

College classes also demand a deeper involvement with the material.

Your instructors will expect you to take notes and organize important points on your own. Exams and papers will require that you make connections between different ideas discussed in class and think critically about the material, not just memorize and repeat it.

You will have to work harder to keep up in college courses.

While you may not be in class more than 12 or 15 hours each week, college is still a full-time job. To do well in your courses, plan to spend 2-3 hours studying for each hour that you are in class.

Things not to miss!

Pay attention to deadlines!

New Student registration for the Fall semester begins mid-April and for the Spring begins in mid-November. For more information on how to enroll, please contact the Admissions Office at 314-889-1400 or follow the link to their page. For a complete list of dates, please refer to the Academic Calendar listed in the current semester's Course Schedule available online or in the Registrar's Office.

Keep up with your academic progress!

Faculty report academic development for students through Early Progress Reports two weeks before the mid-semester point to the Registrar's Office every fall and spring semester. The names of students who receive one or more unsatisfactory reports will be sent to the office of Academic Advising and to the student's academic advisor for intervention and assistance. Providing early feedback on students' progress facilitates student success.

Meet people!

Seek out someone on campus who has been here for a while and can help you – an instructor, an advisor, a staff member, or an upperclassman. This can be an important part of your transition to college.

Get involved!

Join a club, go to a game, participate in a community service event. A list of programs is available from Student Activities. Watch for e-mail and signs on campus about upcoming events.

Check your Fontbonne e-mail on a frequent basis!

You will receive important information about upcoming events and opportunities. If an instructor or advisor is trying to get in touch with you, e-mail is easiest way to do this. Don’t miss out on an important message.