What is an Advising Appointment?

Your academic advising office is the place to go for assistance in understanding and making connections between your personal goals and your educational career. Academic advising is a collaborative educational process in which you are an active participant. You and your advisor are partners in pursuing your academic success. To find your academic advisor, contact your department.

When to meet with your advisor

You should plan to meet with your advisor every semester.  Incoming freshman students will be REQUIRED to meet with an advisor BEFORE registering for the Spring semester. It is good idea to schedule an advising appointment before signing up for classes to learn more about:

  • Degree requirements
  • Class options
  • GPA questions
  • Academic standing
  • Internship or work experience
  • Getting involved on campus
  • Graduation requirements
  • General academic/university policy questions
  • Future graduate/professional school planning
You can expect your ADVISOR to: YOU should expect to:
Be accessible for meetings with you in a variety of formats. Schedule regular appointments and stay in contact with your advisor each semester.
Provide you with information regarding available resources and services on campus. Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies, and procedures.  Use the catalog and schedule of classes!
Assist you in understanding the purposes and goals of higher education and its effects on your life and personal goals. Clarify your personal values and goals and provide your advisor with accurate information regarding your interests and abilities.
Encourage and guide you as you define and develop realistic educational goals Come prepared to each appointment with questions or material for discussion.  Ask questions if you do not understand an issue or have a specific concern.
Assist you in developing your decision-making skills and in assuming responsibility for your educational plans and achievements. Complete all assignments or recommendations from your advisor and gather all relevant decision-making information.  Accept responsibility for your decisions.
Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum, graduation requirements, and university and college policies and procedures. Be aware of degree requirements and how/where to access them.  Utilize your unofficial online audit.