The mission of the First Year Advising Center is to guide our diverse undergraduate population in developing and implementing sound educational plans consistent with our students’ stated values and academic and career goals. Our purpose is to encourage students to become self-directed learners and decision-makers and to help facilitate their transition into their academic programs. Further, we serve as a resource to academic advisors and faculty in the Colleges and support their work with undergraduate students. Finally, our efforts support the University of South Alabama’s broader mission, specifically by encouraging student persistence towards graduation.