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Your Role as a Student

Academic Advising is a shared responsibility with your academic advisor.  While your academic advisor can be a very helpful resource and can assist you with your academic decision-making, you are responsible for the following tasks.

  • 1. Read the undergraduate catalog and know the academic requirements for:

         - General Education
         - Major program
         - Minor(s)
         - Degree program

    2. Know who your academic advisor is:

         - office location and office hours
         - preferred method of contact (e.g., phone, e-mail, drop-in during office hours)

    3. Be well prepared prior to meeting with your academic advisor.    Assemble the appropriate documents and take them with you to the advising appointment: General Education checklist, a copy of your transcript or degree progress report, and a checklist of required major courses. 

    Prepare a list of questions about courses to take the next semester and fulfilling graduation requirements

    4. Seek assistance with questions about registering for classes, well before your registration appointment time. Faculty cannot always accommodate last minute requests for consultation as their time is also devoted to teaching classes, advising multiple students, and assisting with other departmental responsibilities. Make sure you schedule enough time for your questions to be considered thoroughly and that you understand the advice being given.

    5. Develop and maintain a relationship with your advisor. Share career goals and any special needs you have with your advisor. Advisors are important contacts for recommendations for study abroad programs, internships, graduate schools, and employment.

    6. Consult with your academic advisor throughout your academic career since your major adviser will be signing your graduation application form.

    Please note:

    It is important that you go to your faculty advisor for assistance with academic and career choices and for referral to other campus resources; however, the final responsibility for making choices and for the consequences of these choices belong to you alone.