Academic Advising

New Students

The First-Year Advising Centre (FYAC) provides new students with all of the information they need to register for classes, including a program overview and specifics about first-year courses. New students are reminded to check their CBU Office 365 email account regularly, as advising information will be sent to this email prior to the start of the semester. Please review the timeline below as to when you can expect to receive advising communication from your Academic Advisors:

Start Date Advising Communication Begins
Fall/Winter (September and January) May 1st
Spring/Summer (May-August) February 15th

Following the initial advising communication via email, students will have the option to book a follow-up appointment with an Academic Advisor, and/or drop-in to a group-based registration session on campus or virtually via Microsoft Teams.

Follow-up Advising Appointment Booking Process

In an effort to better serve our students, CBU recently launched a new advising appointment booking process. Students now have access to the new appointment booking calendar within their Compass Student Account. To book an advising appointment, students will need their CBU email address and login credentials. New students can expect to receive this information via email from CBU’s IT Department within a week of acceptance to CBU.

If you need assistance regarding your email and password, please contact

How to Book an Appointment (All Students)

1. Click “Login” at the top-right corner of the homepage.

2. From the “Students” menu, select Compass Student Account.

3. At the top right, click on your username and select ‘Program and Advising Support’ from the dropdown.

4. Click the Get Help button in the top right corner.

5. Click Request an Academic Advising Appointment and complete the request form.

Preparing For Your Appointment

The time you spend with your advisor is valuable, but it is important you take the time to prepare. Prior to your appointment, we recommend you:

  • Refer to any previous email communication you received from an advisor, including your program’s required courses.
  • Plan courses you want to take in your Compass Student Account, using the course catalogue within.
  • Prepare a list of questions to ask your advisor.

Still need help? Email or call 902-563-1815.

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