The name of your assigned academic advisor is listed in your Student Center in MyMadison.
Contact details can be found in the Campus Directory.
Why do I have more than one academic advisor?
Students may have more than one academic advisor if they have declared a second major, minor, a pre-professional program, are an athlete or a member of the honors program.
Students should plan to consult the office, department, and/or advisor for any additional programs that they have declared to make sure that they meet all academic requirements.
What if an academic advisor is not listed in MyMadison?
If you are a current student with no academic advisor displayed in MyMadison:
- Contact the office for the academic program you have a question about.
- If undeclared, contact Career and Academic Planning.
New first-year and transfer students will be assigned to an advisor by following steps in the Orientation One Book.
Each assigned academic advisor serves as a resource for students in providing information and assistance with the following tasks:
- Helps with academic planning and decision-making
- Explains requirements for General Education, major and degree program
- Makes sure that students understand how their academic decisions affect their progress towards meeting graduation requirements
- Refers students to other campus resources as needed
- Guides students' academic choices with regard to their long-term academic and career goals
While the academic advisor can be an invaluable resource for students, responsibility for final decisions about choice of major, courses that students register for, and fulfillment of all graduation requirements belongs to the student.
- Review the undergraduate catalog and understand the academic requirements for:
- General Education
- Pre-professional Program(s)
- Know who their academic advisor is including their office location and contact information. Review the Notify Advisor tutorial (PDF or Video) or look up the advisor's contact information in the campus directory.
- Be well prepared prior to meeting with their academic advisor. Assemble the appropriate documents and either take hard copies or be prepared to access electronic copies during the advising appointment. These documents may include: general education program study planner, a copy of the student's transcript or degree progress report, a checklist of required major courses, pre-requisite or recommended coursework for a pre-professional or licensure program. Prepare a list of questions about courses to take the next semester and fulfilling graduation requirements.
- Seek assistance with questions about enrolling in classes well before the registration appointment time. Don't wait until the last minute!
- Develop and maintain a relationship with your advisor(s). Share career goals and any special needs with the advisor. Advisors are important contacts for recommendations for study abroad programs, internships, graduate schools, and employment.
- Consult the assigned academic advisor throughout the academic career since the major advisor will be signing graduation application forms.
It is important that students go to their academic advisor for assistance, however, the final responsibility for making choices and for the consequences of these choices belong to the student alone.
Preparing for Success
- Go to class. Regular class attendance is essential.
- Maintain grades. Your GPA is often important for full admission to your program and for continued academic progress. Students should visit professors during office hours if they have questions about class content.
- Talk to academic advisors. Meet with academic advisors well in advance of enrollment to evaluate academic plans and review graduation requirements.
- Use learning resources for additional help. Visit the Learning Centers website for a full list of academic resources available on campus.
- Take advantage of support services. Visit our Campus Resources page for a list of support services and the kinds of questions they can assist you with.