First-Year Mandatory Advising (FMA)

Welcome to CLA’s First-Year Mandatory Advising (FMA)!

We look forward to assisting our first-year students in planning for Fall 2023! To have the advising hold released and be able to register on time, follow the instructions below to get FMA underway!

Fill Out Your FMA Form (about 15-20 minutes)

Check your CSULB email to access your FMA Form

Within the FMA Form, you will:

  • Verify your information
  • Tell us more about what you plan to take in Fall 2023
  • Select one of the following options to complete your FMA experience:
    • Appointment with an Advisor:
      Meet with an advisor (In Person or Zoom) to discuss your Fall 2023 planned courses
    • Email from an Advisor:
      Receive an email from an advisor confirming your Fall 2023 planned courses

*Please note all students on Academic Warning are required to make an appointment with an Advisor.

Major Changes

  • If you are a non-CLA first-year student interested in changing your major to CLA, submit the Major Request Form to get the process started.
  • If you no longer wish to pursue a CLA major, visit the Enrollment Services website to learn which Advising Center to contact for your First-Year Mandatory Advising requirement.

Have Questions?

If you have questions about the FMA process, please call our office (562-985-7804) or attend Drop-In Advising hours. ATLAS is happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Spring 2023 FMA Videos

Academic Policies
Academic Policies for Students on Academic Warning
Refresher & Resources for First-Year Students

Fall 2022 FMA Videos

Navigating Your Student Center
The Academic Requirements Report (ARR) 
Tools to Create a Balanced Schedule

Submit Your Test & Transfer Credits

If you have not already submitted your test and transfer credits, send as soon as possible.

Schedule Building Tools

Utilize CSULB’s many services to receive academic assistance.