In the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), academic support is a
partnership between Undergraduate Academic Services (UAS) and
departmental faculty. UAS provides New Student Orientation advisement
and guidance in making final preparations for degree eligibility.
Faculty advisors within students’ academic disciplines assist students
with course planning, developing disciplinary interests, and exploring
graduate school and career interests.
All students in CAS will be assigned a faculty advisor within their
academic department. Advisors can be an invaluable resource so it is to
your benefit to make a point to connect with your advisor early on in
your academic career.
Your advisor can:
- Help you plan an academic program that is in line with your interests and abilities;
- Aid you in developing your educational and career goals;
- Assist you with monitoring your academic progress and offer suggestions on how you might seek assistance when necessary;
- Interpret academic policies, procedures, and requirements;
- Help you consider other educational opportunities in addition to
your coursework (volunteering, study abroad, campus organizations, etc.)
and refer you to University offices which might also assist you;
- Discuss career opportunities related to your academic studies and interests;
- Be a mentor.
The advising relationship is a two-way street. As an advisee, you
must actively contribute in order for the relationship to work.
As an advisee you should:
- Do some soul-searching – think about who you are, what you want to do, and who you want to become;
- Consider your values, interests, abilities, and goals and how they might affect your academic choices;
- Contact your advisor and schedule an appointment when required or when you need assistance;
- Become knowledgeable about the University, your College, and your academic program;
- Prepare for advisement sessions (think about what you want to take
BEFORE meeting with your advisor) and bring appropriate information and
- Follow-through on recommendations, referrals, and tasks discussed in
your advisement session and ASK QUESTIONS if you aren't clear about
- Meet with your advisor at least once a semester;
- Understand that you are ultimately responsible for the academic choices and decisions you make.