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FAQ: The Advising Appointment


  1. As a new student, when should I schedule an appointment to see my advisor?
    Since your advisor can be one of the most significant people during your college career, you should meet with your advisor within the first three weeks of the semester. Academic advising is an ongoing process rather than a single of isolated appointment or event. Meeting with your advisor can help you define you academic or career goals and help you choose classes.

  2. Why/When should I see my advisor?
    In addition to goal setting, academic planning, and scheduling classes, your advisor can help you find the appropriate campus resources if you
    • Are having academic difficulties.
    • Are placed on academic probation or suspension.
    • Are placed on financial aid probation or suspension. 
    • Are considering adding or dropping a class or withdrawing from all classes.
    • Are undecided about a career goal.
    • Are considering transferring to another institution.
  3. If I have a question for my advisor, do I need to schedule an appointment?
    Most advisors prefer that you contact them directly or through e-mail or by telephone to schedule an advising session. Many times, though, students drop by with a quick question during the advisor's posted office hours, but a scheduled session allows your advisor to plan ahead and prepare for your visit.

  4. What should I do if my advisor's office hours are not conducive to my class schedule?
    If you are unable to contact your advisor during regular office hours, you can leave a voice mail message or e-mail your advisor and ask him/her to contact you to arrange a mutually convenient time. Your message should include
    • Your name.
    • Contact information: home, work, and cell numbers and an e-mail address if you have one.
    • Reason for appointment.
    • Possible meeting times.
  5. How should I prepare for my appointment?
    Do your homework. Think about your goals and realistically consider your other commitments (work, family, etc.) and how they impact the time you will be able to spend on your classes. If you are currently enrolled, consider how you are doing in your classes and how you are doing with your current class load. Inform your advisor about any changes in your academic plans (change of major, transfer plans, etc.).

  6. What should I bring?
    You should bring the following items to every advising session: 
    • A current class schedule.
    • An unofficial transcript.
    • A tentative list of the classes you want to take.
    • Your college catalog.  If you are planning to transfer, a copy of the other college’s catalog.
  7. What questions should I ask?
    • How does the registration process work?
    • What classes do I need to take to fulfill the requirements for my major?
    • What general education classes do I need to complete?
    • What is the proper sequence of courses for my major?
    • What is the difference between the different degrees (AA, AAS, AGS)?
    • Will these classes transfer?
  8. So what are the expectations for me and my advisor?

      As an advisee, you should¦


      Your advisor will¦

    Checkmark1 Contact and keep in touch with your advisor   Checkmark2 Post and keep office hours
    Checkmark3 Make and keep appointments or call if it is necessary to change or cancel an appointment   Checkmark4 Keep appointments or call if it is necessary to change or cancel an appointment.
    Checkmark5 Come with specific questions in mind   Checkmark6 Provide accurate and specific information
    Checkmark7 Come with necessary materials (pencil/ pen, class schedule, catalog, etc.)   Checkmark8 Have resource materials on hand. (Advising Handbook, catalog, forms, etc.)
    Checkmark9 Ask about other sources of information.   Checkmark10 Suggest other sources of information.
    Checkmark11 Be open concerning school work, study habits, academic progress, etc.   Checkmark12 Listen and help you solve problems.
    Checkmark13 Build a schedule free of time conflicts.   Checkmark14 Check your schedule for appropriate selection of courses.
    Checkmark15 Make decisions concerning careers, choice of majors, and selection of courses.   Checkmark16 Suggest options concerning careers, choice of majors, and selection of courses, or make appropriate referrals.

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