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Academic Advising

Advising is an integral part of a college education. The academic advisor-student relationship is one of the most important that you will encounter as a college student.


Goals of Academic Advising:

  • Explore Life Goals: Help students clarify their values and goals.
  • Explore Educational and Career Goals: Lead students to better understand that nature and purpose of higher education.
  • Provide Information on Academic Program: Provide accurate information about educational options, policies, and procedures.
  • Selection of Courses/Electives and Plan Course Schedule: Plan an educational program consistent with a student’s interests and abilities.
  • Connect to Campus Resources: Integrate the many resources of the university to meet the student’s special educational needs and aspirations.

Responsibilities of Advisors:

  • Help students define and develop realistic goals.
  • Identify special needs.
  • Match students’ needs  with available resources and make appropriate referrals
  • Assist students with planning programs consistent with their abilities and interests.
  • Monitor students’ progress.
  • Discuss linkage between academic preparation and the world of work.

Responsibilities of Advisees:

  • Gather all relevant decision-making information.
  • Clarify personal values and goals.
  • Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies, procedures and requirements, i.e. add/drop deadlines, graduation, and general education requirements.
  • Accept responsibility for decisions.


Preparation for Advisor Meeting:

  • Schedule a meeting with your academic advisor.
  • Make arrangements to take care of any alerts you may have on your account.
  • Review your degree audit and consider classes for next semester.
  • Outline a tentative course schedule to review with your advisor.
  • Bring copies of important documents declaration/change of major/program forms and/or minor forms.
  • Brainstorm potential questions to ask your academic advisor.
  • Arrive on time for your appointment
  • Call to reschedule if you cannot make the appointment

General Guidelines for Making the Most of Your Advisor Meeting:

  • Call or email your advisor to schedule an appointment.
  • Arrive on time for your appointment.
  • Call to reschedule if you cannot make the appointment.
  • Prepare potential questions to ask your academic advisor.
  • Share your education and career goals.