Advising Appointment FAQ

Scheduling an appointment and meeting with your advisor for the first time may seem intimidating initially, especially if you don't know what to expect.  The following information may help alleviate your fears and answer your questions regarding the first advising session:

Why should I see my advisor?

  • To help you with academic planning.
  • To assist if you're having academic difficulty.
  • To help you find campus resources.
  • To help you define and set goals.
  • To assist if you are placed on probation or suspension.
  • To facilitate effective student/faculty communication.

When should I see my advisor?

  • Whenever you encounter any problems that affect your academic performance.
  • When it is time to schedule classes for next semester. (As soon as the schedule for next semester's classes is available, work on your schedule, and then make an appointment with your advisor.  Don't wait until the day before you register to suddenly drop by your advisor's office.)
  • Whenever you decide to drop or add a course.
  • To discuss your academic progress.
  • To discuss career considerations.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Most advisors prefer that you contact them directly through e-mail or by telephone to schedule your advising session.  Students may also drop by with quick questions during the advisor's posted office hours, but a scheduled session allows the advisor to plan ahead and prepare for your visit.

How should I prepare for my appointment?

Think about your goals.  Reflect on your previous academic progress.  If you are currently enrolled, think about how you are doing in your classes.  Realistically consider your other commitments (work, family, etc.) and how they impact the time you spend on your classes.  You may also want to prepare a list of questions to ask your advisor to help you stay focused during the session and get the information you need.

What should I bring?

  • A current class schedule.
  • A tentative list of the classes you want to take.
  • Your college catalog.
  • If you are planning on transferring, a copy of the other college's catalog.

What questions should I ask?

  • What is the general education core?
  • What general education courses do I need to complete?
  • When do students register for classes?  How does this process work?
  • What classes do I need to take to fulfill the requirements for my major?
  • What is the proper sequence of courses for my major?
  • What should I do if I get a deficiency?
  • What should I do if I've been placed on academic probation or suspension?
  • Where do I find information about my Advanced Placement (AP) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits?
  • What is the difference between a Bachelor's degree and an Associate's degree?
  • What can I do with a degree in this major?

What should you and your advisor do?

  • Contact and keep in touch with your advisor.
  • Post and keep office hours.
  • Make and keep appointments or call if it is necessary to change or cancel an appointment.
  • Come with specific questions in mind.
  • Provide accurate and specific information.
  • Come with necessary materials (pencil/ pen, class schedule, catalog, etc.)
  • Have resource material on hand. (Advising Handbook, catalog, forms, etc.)
  • Ask about other sources of information.
  • Suggest other sources of information.
  • Be open concerning school work, study habits, academic progress, etc.
  • Listen and help you solve problems.
  • Build a schedule free of time conflicts.
  • Check your schedule for appropriate selection of courses.
  • Make decisions concerning careers, choice of majors, and selection of courses.
  • Suggest options concerning careers, choice of majors, and selection of courses, or make appropriate referrals.

Last Updated: 7/31/12