Congratulations and welcome to Albers! Whether you are starting a program to change careers, enhance your skills, or seek a promotion, we are excited that you chose to do so at Seattle University. Below are important steps you will need to take to start your first quarter off smoothly. If you have any questions throughout this process, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to meeting you!
-Albers Graduate Program Staff
We continuously onboard students into our programs throughout the year; this is why our timeline varies from student to student depending upon 1). date of admission; and 2). intended quarter start date. In other words, if you applied to your program a few quarters in advance, you’ll have some extra time between steps. Familiarize yourself with the resources listed in Step 3 so that you’re extra well-prepared when your time comes. If you applied closer to your actual program start, expect a more expeditious process.
Generally speaking, Steps 1-2 should take place very close to your admission date; Step 3 offers self-paced resources; Step 4 occurs four to ten weeks before program start; Step 5 is reserved for the week immediately prior to program start. Wherever you fall on the timeline, please know we are glad you have joined us and we look forward to meeting you! Following our instructions as outlined below will ensure a smooth onboarding process. To double-check your program start date, please consult the SU Academic Calendar. Have a question but haven’t met your advisor yet? Contact us at email@example.com.
Please see your official acceptance letter from Graduate Admissions for instructions on how to respond to your offer of admission and establish your SU credentials.
No fee or deposit is required to confirm except for the MSBA and Bridge MBA programs. You must confirm your acceptance to establish your SU credentials and these credentials are vital to moving forward in the onboarding process.
This letter will be sent to the email address from which you applied approximately one quarter in advance of your start quarter. The Advisor Introduction Letter will:
While you wait to meet with your advisor, we recommend you familiarize yourself with the following resources:
During this 1:1 initial academic advising appointment, your advisor will walk you through the details of your program and course scheduling. Your advisor will make course recommendations and provide any program and curriculum updates. Your attendance at this meeting is what “lifts” the advising hold from your record and allows you to register. Please, do not attempt to register before this meeting and do not ask other offices to lift your registration hold. Unlike advising programs elsewhere, Albers Graduate Advising will ensure that incoming graduate students obtain a seat in the courses they need to take during their first quarter of study. Even though you may receive an automated message providing a registration appointment time, incoming students will not be able to register until they meet with their academic advisor.
The Albers New Student Orientation typically occurs in the week immediately prior to your program start date. Invitations will be emailed within eight weeks of your initial quarter of enrollment. Consult the SU Academic Calendar if you are uncertain of your quarter start date. Attendance of the Albers New Student Orientation is required, whereas attendance of the Graduate Student Welcome Event (mentioned in Step 3 and hosted by Graduate Admissions) is optional. Don’t get confused between the two! If it helps, think of it like this: The Albers event is centered on Albers: You’ll meet your Program Director and fellow students plus get acquainted with Albers faculty, staff, and policies in a broad sense. In contrast, the Graduate Admissions Welcome Event introduces you to the university as a whole and incoming graduate students from all departments are invited. That’s why we say: Attend the Welcome if you wish but be sure to attend the Albers Orientation!
The start of your initial quarter marks the end of your onboarding process and the beginning of your true journey with us here at Albers. Here are some further tips for success: