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Your Guide to your Academic Career

Academic advisers act as counselors and liaisons, taking a look at students' abilities and expectations and matching them with opportunities offered by the university.

Adviser Responsibilities
Your academic adviser will be your contact for services including:

  • Monitoring your academic development according to the degree path, time line, and courses you have selected
  • Suggesting options and alternatives to your academic plan where appropriate
  • Facilitating your social growth and sense of involvement by highlighting clubs, activities, and other opportunities that reflect your abilities and interests
  • Ensuring a strong relationship between you and your host university by issuing timely, accurate institutional information and referring you to campus resources when specific needs arise
  • Maintaining and protecting organized student records, and adhering to a pre-established advising schedule

Student Accountability
Students have certain responsibilities when it comes to the relationship with adviser.
You are expected to:

  • Notify your adviser in a timely manner when making big decisions regarding your education
  • Schedule appointments well in advance and refrain from "stopping by" at times other than designated advising hours
  • Establish a time line for your degree completion and decide early on approximately how frequently you would like to meet with your adviser
  • Recognize that your academic success ultimately depends on you to complete academic requirements set forth by your adviser.

When to Make a Switch

  • If you feel that your academic adviser does not meet your needs, remember that you can contact the office of Records and Advisement for information on switching to a different adviser.