Academic Advising

How can advising help me?

Department Contacts
AIM/CET/CM 549-2405
Art 549-2834
Biology 549-2743
Business 549-2142
Chemistry 549-2574
Engineering 549-2036
English/Foreign Language 549-2312 
Exercise Science, Health Promotion, and Recreation (EXHPR) 549-2381
First Year Programs 549-2584
History/Political Science/Philosophy/Geography 549-2156
Mass Communications 549-2856
Math/Physics 549-2433
Music 549-2552
Nursing 549-2069
Psychology 549-2769
Social Work 549-2631
Sociology/Anthropology/Social Science 549-2979
Teacher Education Program 549-2681

Regular advising will:

  • provide the shortest route possible to the degree;
  • provide information about pre-requisites and co-requisites for required courses and for post-graduate professional schools;
  • provide information on career options, internships, and research/project opportunities;
  • provide help in selecting and managing course load and in developing strategies to improve academic performance;
  • provide help to meet application deadlines for graduation
  • provide information on where to get questions answered (via referral to campus resources).

Expectations for Advisors and Students

What can I expect from my advisor?

  • My advisor is available by appointment for advising
  • My advisor is familiar with degree requirements, deadlines, current departmental offerings, computer resources, and offices that offer special assistance to students
  • My advisor maintains confidentiality with respect to my personal and academic informationStudent with an Academic Adviser
  • My advisor has access to DARS and AIS and can advise me on my academic progress

What are my responsibilities in pursuing and planning my degree?

  • To understand University policies that affect my educational goals (as specified in the University catalog and the Student Handbook)
  • To declare my major as soon as I have made a decision
  • To meet or contact my advisor for registration advice and for additional help as often as needed (a minimum of once a semester)
  • To be aware of my own progress toward a degree
  • To prepare for registration by reviewing my 4 year plan and choosing courses for the next semester BEFORE my advising appointment
  • To make sure that I know my advisor and that my advisor knows me

 Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find out who my advisor is?
When do I need to see my advisor?
How do I decide on a major?
Do I need to see more than one advisor?
Why do I need to see an advisor in my major?
How do I register for classes?
Why is there a hold or restriction on my registration?
How do I calculate my grade point average (GPA)?