Every spring several Advising Days are scheduled to give first year students an opportunity to come to campus for an individual appointment to discuss their life goals, academic aspirations, course selection and to create a class schedule for their first semester. Advising Days for incoming Freshmen for Fall 2017 will be held May 16th-19th and May 22nd-25th.

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Select an advisor from the list below.


Suzanne McCarthy
Senior Director

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  • B.S. Education St. Francis University
  • M.Ed Boston College

Since 2004, Suzanne McCarthy has enjoyed working with Centenary students to discover their academic and professional directions.

At home she loves to spend time with her family and friends. Her interests include reading, cooking, entertaining, and tending to her organic garden.

Suzanne is co-directing Nexus this year.

Abbie Davis
Academic Support Specialist

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  • B.A. in English, Minor: Environmental Science, William Paterson University
  • M.A. in English, Montclair State University

Abbie has worked in higher education for numerous years. While pursuing her master’s degree at Montclair State University, Abbie worked at Centenary University as a Professional Tutor where she was able to engage and work with students on a daily basis.

Additionally, she taught Developmental English at Middlesex County College for three years, as well as Student Success courses at Northampton Community College. As an Academic Support Specialist at Centenary University, Abbie enjoys being able to assist students in working towards a successful academic career.

Abbie is co-directing Nexus this year.

Michelle Meyer
Director of Disability Services

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  • B.A. History, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • M.A.T, M. A. Learning Disabilities, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Michelle worked for Fairleigh Dickinson University as an Assistive Technology Coordinator and a Learning Disabilities Specialist for many years. As Centenary University’s Director of Disability Services, Michelle coordinates requests for disability accommodations and provides overall administration and management of the Project ABLE and STEP Ahead programs.

She is currently completing a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Mary Ann Raimond
Disability Services Coordinator

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  • B.A. in French and Art History, Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA.
  • M.S. ESL Education, Nova Southeastern University, Miami, FL.
  • M.A. in English Literature, Centenary University of New Jersey

Young at heart, Mary Ann enjoys helping students succeed and watching them mature over the course of their academic careers here at Centenary University.

An especially prolific gardener, Mary Ann loves to add beauty to her home and surroundings, which lies within view of the Appalachian Trail.

Maureen Fallon
Learning Support Specialist, DSO

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  • B.S. Speech Therapy, Westchester University
  • M.S. Speech Language Pathology, University of South Carolina
  • New Jersey Licensed Speech Language Pathologist
  • National License, American Speech Language and Hearing Association

Maureen joined the DSO staff in the fall of 2009 after serving as a professional tutor for both DSO and the Academic Success Center. Prior to coming to Centenary University, she worked in private practice and rehabilitation medical settings.

Her role as a Learning Support Specialist has allowed her to utilize her background and expertise in new ways to assist students in achieving success in higher education.

Marcella Griffith
Learning Support Specialist, DSO

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  • B.S. in Psychology, Kutztown University
  • M.Ed. in Student Affairs, Kutztown University

Marcella is very patient and understanding of the academic and social demands of today’s college student. She finds great solace in the outdoors, hiking and biking the trails of Eastern Pennsylvania.

Preplacement exam requirements for Biology, Forensic Science, Equine Science and Equine Science: Pre-Veterinary majors

Students planning to major in Biology, Forensic Science, Equine Science and Equine Science: Pre-Veterinary must take a Math Preplacement test prior to their advising appointment.

Math Placement tests will only be given on Tuesdays and Thursdays during Advising Days (May 16, 18, 23, 25 at 10 AM). You must request a testing appointment by calling Jill Gerlach at 908-852-1400, ext.2168 and arrive on campus by 9:30AM that day.

The test will take about 50 minutes and covers:

Part I: Algebra – background material, factoring, polynomial equations, graphing functions, systems of linear equations, word problems

Part II: Pre-Calculus – functions, graphing, advanced algebra, logarithms and exponential functions, unit circle trigonometry, advanced trigonometry, vectors

You will be provided with a calculator to use during the placement test.

If you require accommodations on this placement test due to a disability, please send a request stating the accommodation(s) you will require with documentation explaining your disability to Michelle Meyer in the Disability Services Office (dso@centenaryuniversity.edu).

Please submit these requests at least two weeks prior to the assessment to ensure we can set up reasonable accommodations based on your request.

You may schedule an advising appointment for the same day beginning at 1PM or later. A light lunch will be available for purchase at Greene’s Beans in the library, or you can visit one of several eateries in downtown Hackettstown.

While on Campus

Faculty members from various departments will be present in the library on Advising Days. Although not required, if you would like to speak with a faculty member from your intended major during your advising visit, please schedule your appointment accordingly.

Business – May 16, 18, 22 Criminal Justice – May 16, 17, 22
Education – May 16, 17, 18, 19, 24 English – May 18, 23
Equine – May 16, 17, 18, 19 Fashion – May 22, 23
Mathematics and Natural Sciences – May 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24 Psychology – May 17, 19, 24
Social Work and Sociology – May 16, 17 Theatre – May 17, 19

The Advising Day visit to campus provides new students with an opportunity to have an individual appointment for advising and visit any other office on campus where you may need personal answers to matters related to housing, health, financial aid or billing. This is also a time for students requesting accommodations through the Disability Services Office (DSO) to complete the appropriate paperwork. During this time students can provide documentation to the DSO which outlines the disability for which accommodations are requested.

Once a student has been accepted and made a deposit they are sent a link to the online Advising Day scheduler to make an appointment.

The Advising Process

Academic Advising is process that begins with your enrollment at Centenary and continues throughout your college career.

The responsibilities of an Academic Advisor include:

  • A person who wants to get to know your interests and goals who will serve as your guide to planning your academic program at Centenary from prior to your first semester through graduation.
  • An Advisor will be knowledgeable about the curriculum and course requirements and options.
  • Sometimes your questions cannot be answered by your Advisor but your Advisor will direct you to appropriate resources on campus.

The responsibilities of the Advisee include:

  • Think about what your academic goals you have for yourself as a Centenary student.
  • Discuss goals, concerns and bring up questions you have about your college career.
  • Meet with your advisor a few times a semester, not just when you are ready to schedule courses or have a problem.
  • Become familiar with College resources and academic policies