A student talks with their advisor

Academic advising is a partnership between you and your advisor. These best practices will help you get the most out of the experience.

Be prepared

  • Take a look at the course catalog.
  • Begin to learn your curricular requirements.
  • Attend your meeting with an idea of some classes you would like to take.
  • Track your progress in Degree Works.
  • Make a plan for your curricular, internship, experiential learning, and/or career goals to discuss with your advisor.

Take ownership of your education

  • Learn about curricular requirements, university policies, and professional development so that you become more independent and self-sufficient as you progress towards graduation.
  • Ask questions. Talk to your advisor or check out the Hawks Q&A Center.
  • If you are having difficulty communicating with your advisor, talk to the department chair of your major.

Respect your advisor's time

  • Respond to your advisor's communications.
  • Arrive on time to all meetings. If you cannot make a meeting, send a message as soon as possible canceling the meeting.

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