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Academic Advisors

Role of the Academic Advisor

Each assigned academic advisor serves as a resource for students in providing information and assistance with the following tasks:

  1. Helps with academic planning and decision-making
  2. Explains requirements for General Education, major and degree program
  3. Makes sure that students understand how their academic decisions affect their progress towards meeting graduation
  4. Refers students to other campus resources as needed
  5. 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, final decisions about choice of major, courses that students register for, and fulfillment of all graduation requirements belong to the student.

Role of the Student

Academic Advising is a shared responsibility with the academic advisor.  While each assigned academic advisor can be a very helpful resource and can assist students with their academic decision-making, students 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 their 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 their academic advisor.  Assemble the appropriate documents and take them to the advising appointment: General Education checklist, a copy of the student's 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 the 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. Schedule enough time for questions to be considered thoroughly and ensure that the advice being given is understood.
    5. Develop and maintain a relationship with the advisor. 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.
    6. Consult the assigned academic advisor throughout the academic career since the major advisor will be signing graduation application forms.

Please note:

It is important that students go to their 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 the student alone.


How do I find out who my academic advisor is?

The name of your assigned academic advisor is listed in your Student Center in MyMadison.  For more information, watch this tutorial: Notify Advisor.

What if an academic advisor is not listed in MyMadison?

If you are a currently enrolled student with no academic advisor displayed in MyMadison:

New freshman and transfer students will receive their advisor assignments when they attend orientation; advisor assignments will be posted in MyMadison by the first day of classes. 

What about having more than one academic advisor?

Students will have more than one academic advisor if they have declared any of the following:

  • A minor program of study
  • A second major
  • A pre-professional health program
  • A pre-professional education program

Students should plan to consult the coordinator and/or advisor for any additional programs that they have declared to make sure that they meet all program requirements.