Undergraduate General Advising Questions

Undergraduate General Advising Questions

General Advising Questions

  • Why should I meet with an advisor?
    An advisor can make your life a lot easier by:
    • helping you determine what classes to take
    • helping you decide what major is appropriate
    • referring you to support services on campus to provide more specialized assistance.
  • How many advisors should I see?
    Usually three, if you are a communication major.
    • As a student of the College of Arts and Sciences, you have to meet with the advisor of the College.
    • As a student majoring in Communication, you have to meet with the Communication advisor.
    • You also have to meet with the Departmental advisor(s) of your minor(s).
  • How often should I meet with my advisor? 
    Consider the advisors in the School and the university to be a resource available to you. Therefore, you should meet with your advisors as often as you feel the need for guidance.
     
    However, you will be required to meet with your advisor at least two or three times during your college career.
     
    First, to plan out your pre-com requirements.
     
    Second, to declare your major.
     
    Third, to check that you are ready for your graduation audit.
     
    In addition, you must meet with the advisor to apply for internships, independent studies or study abroad.
  • Can an instructor who I like act as my advisor?
    It is a good idea to get guidance from instructors with whom you have a rapport. They can help you in a variety of ways: finding internships, review your resume, serve as a reference, give you contacts, guide you career options, etc.
     
    When it comes to administrative tasks, the Departmental advisor is best prepared to guide you.
  • Can the advisor over-enroll a closed class? Does the advisor keep a waiting list for closed classes?
    No. No. The advisor cannot over-enroll; nor does she keep a waiting list.
 

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