Becton College Advising Center, Florham Campus


The goal of the Becton College Advising Center is to educate and orient incoming freshmen to their curriculum, to apprise students of academic options and advising resources within the College, and to inform students of their responsibilities in understanding degree completion requirements. In addition, the Center is a resource to faculty, staff, and all Becton students regarding academic and advising policies within the College.

Which students are advised in the Center?

  • Becton College freshmen (all majors) for their first year
  • Undeclared Becton College students
  • B.A. in Individualized Studies (BAIS) students

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM.

Staff in the Advising Center has responsibility for the following sign-offs for Becton College students:

  • Off-campus course authorizations
  • Change of major
  • Semester credit overload (19 or more credits)

Off-campus course authorizations

Becton College students seeking approval to take classes off-campus during winter and summer sessions should do the following:

  • Make an appointment with your Academic Advisor to discuss how off-campus courses relate to your curriculum and to pick up a copy of your checksheet.
  • Bring a copy of the course description from the institution you wish to attend. Bring your FDU checksheet and the course description to the Becton College Advising Center.

Approved Off-Campus Authorization is forwarded to the Office of Enrollment Services - Records from the Advising Center.

General Guidelines:

  • Students must be in good academic standing with an overall GPA of 2.0 or better.
  • Authorization is generally granted for elective courses only. General Education or courses in the major will require special permission.
  • The allowable number of credits taken off-campus is 16; however this number is reduced for students having transferred to FDU. The maximum of 16 credits shall be reduced by 3 credits for every 16 credits transferred to FDU.
  • Students may take lower level (1000 and 2000) courses at accredited two-year institutions. Transfer students may have a total of 64 credits from two year institutions applied to their FDU degree. All upper level (3000 and 4000) courses must be taken at an accredited four-year institution.
  • Courses taken off-campus will count in your FDU GPA. Grades of "C" or better will be accepted. Grades of "C-" (C minus) or below will not be accepted.
  • A course failed at FDU cannot be repeated off-campus.
  • Transcripts must be sent to FDU’s Office of Enrollment Services - Records upon completion of the course for credits to be applied to your FDU transcript.

Course Numbering

The following numbering conventions are used for all undergraduate and graduate courses listed in the Fairleigh Dickinson academic bulletins:

  • 0000: Developmental Level.
    Remedial or developmental courses intended to prepare students for entry into curriculum or to remove a deficiency, no degree credit.
  • 1000: Freshman Level.
    A lower-division course having no formal prerequisites beyond admission into the curricula or intended for freshmen or lower-division students.
  • 2000: Sophomore Level.
    A lower-division course having a 1000-level prerequisite or intended for sophomores.
  • 3000: Junior Level.
    An upper-division course having a 2000-level prerequisite or intended for juniors or upper-division students.
  • 4000: Senior Level.
    An upper-division course or thesis having a 3000-level prerequisite or intended for seniors.
  • 5000 through 9000: Graduate Level.
    A graduate course.


Deborah Dobson
Tel: 973-443-8742

Todd Ferris
Assistant Director
Tel: 973-443-8798

Christine Carlson
Advisement Counselor
Tel: 973-443-8835

Lilla Villane
Advisement Counselor
Tel: 973-443-8805

Rosemary Ficchi
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 973-443-8753

Mailing address:
Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Ave, M-MS1-02
Madison, NJ 07940

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Office Location
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