Academic Advising

Academic advising allows students to plan University experiences and coursework to achieve personal and career goals. Each student is assigned an academic advisor who specializes in the selected major program. Those students who are still deciding about their major will receive specialized advising. Advisors assist in course scheduling and are a source of information about their respective disciplines and areas of interest or experience. Although it is the responsibility of the student to fulfill all requirements for graduation, the advisor can provide background knowledge and information to assist the student’s own decision-making. Advisors can also discuss options for students wishing to continue their education after earning an undergraduate degree. Academic advising from the Office of Academic Support Services is also available to all students by appointment. Students who are considering transferring, changing majors, or who need specialized assistance should contact the Office of Academic Support Services.

Prior to registration, students with fewer than 30 completed credits, students without a declared major, and students in certain programs (as designated by the department chair) are required to meet with their advisor to review their schedule. It is the advisor’s responsibility to check off the advised student in WebXpress so that registration will be enabled for the student. Students are also required to use E-Advising as they plan for upcoming semesters. All students, regardless of major or year, are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisor prior to registration. After registration, students should submit their signed registration form to the Registrar’s Office as verification of advisor approval of courses.

Academic counseling is also available to students interested in attending graduate or professional schools after receiving a baccalaureate degree. Students should begin the application process in the junior year by consulting their academic advisor or other appropriate persons in their major and reviewing the steps necessary for admission to the graduate school of their choice.

Since colleges and universities vary with respect to courses required by the various curricula, students should make certain that their program will satisfy the regulations of the institution to which they seek admission and that they have the necessary qualifications and capabilities. Students should consult with their academic advisor or department chair for specific graduate school requirements; however, each student is responsible to see that he or she takes the courses necessary for admission to the chosen professional or graduate school.