When advising freshmen, one of the best means of preparing for the task is to become sympathetic with the many changes the students are undergoing during their first year in college. Due to these many transitions (e.g. transition to adulthood, transition to college life, etc.), freshmen have critical needs that are unique to them. These critical needs are often accompanied by chronic problems that experienced faculty and advisors have observed in freshmen. This paper will describe student challenges and needs, and will highlight several programs that meet the needs of freshmen and help them make a successful transition from high school to university life.
advising, advising freshmen, challenges of freshmen students