Within the first two weeks of classes:
- Find out the name of your
advisor (from the Academic Dean or the Office of
Records & Registration).
- Make an appointment to see your advisor.
- Introduce yourself to your advisor.
Before your appointment with your advisor:
- Review the catalog and read the specific requirements
which must be completed within your major/endorsement.
- Make a list of possible future courses you wish
to enroll in and jot down specific questions about
the courses and your future plans.
During your appointment, visit with your advisor concerning:
- Your life and career plans, academic goals, major
field interest areas and electives.
- Present the outline of your course work and talk
about the time frame for program, course or degree
- Discuss the specific or general requirements which
you have circled in your catalog with your advisor.
Ask for clarification.
Prior to Registration
- Make an appointment with your advisor.
- Pick up your class schedule forms.
- Review the class schedule and prepare a preliminary
Review with your advisor:
- The courses for the next registration period recorded
on your preliminary schedule.
- How your next semester's classes fit in with your
- Obtain your advisor's signature.
Periodically stop by and inform your advisor about
how you are getting along.
* If you have a double major or endorsement
it is a good idea to have an academic advisor for
both fields of study.
Obtain your advisees' names and folders from the appropriate
Discuss your advisees' life plans and career goals
Clarify and/or provide referral for questions concerning
institutional requirements, policies, procedures,
resources, and educational options.
Discuss enrollment in specific courses which relate
to your advisee's career and academic goals, time
frame for degree or program completion and application
to general education or the student's major field
Make suggestions to the student for additional course
selection and/or enrollment.
Explain and clarify the function of general education,
major field of study and elective courses.
Discuss with your advisee options such as pass/fail,
drop/add, and other specific requirements and regulations.
Compare and contrast relationships between curricular
and career regulations.
Encourage the student to think seriously and often
about career options and opportunities. Refer the
student to the Counseling Center or Career Services
Office, if appropriate, for more career planning assistance.