Academic Advising Support for Undergraduate Students
Your advising experience at Seattle University goes hand in hand with studying for a college degree; it too is a process in which you can grow and learn. If you are a freshman, your advisor can help you with the transition into college by monitoring your academic load, course selection and academic performance. They are instrumental in helping to initiate long range educational planning and directing you to opportunities and resources beyond the classroom that will enrich your education. You are strongly encouraged to plan visits with your advisor for in-depth discussion about long term goals or other concerns.
The Advising Partnership
How your Advisor can help you:
- Your advisor will have office hours. (These will change quarterly if your advisor is a faculty member.) Check with your department to find out how best to arrange visits.
- Your advisor will assist you in selecting the "Core" course requirements you must satisfy to complete your degree and the curriculum requirements of your major.
- Your advisor will have a record of your work. They will follow your progress toward your academic goals and can help you find the resources you need when academic difficulties arise.
- Advisors are not likely to know every detail about every University program or service but most advisors know how to find information or make appropriate referrals. They can assist you in connecting with campus services and resources that meet your specific needs.
- Don't be afraid to ask your advisor questions about how you can broaden your educational experience with opportunities outside of the classroom, or about graduate school or career planning.
What you can do to help build a positive advising relationship:
- Come Prepared - you and your advisor will both benefit if your come with a tentative schedule of classes and options.
- Make and keep your advising appointments. For freshmen especially, keeping this commitment is a signal to your advisor that you're taking charge of your education.
- Be proactive! Take the initiative to meet with your advisor to talk about your educational plans.
- Keep your advisor informed about any problems you're having, such as illness or family difficulties. If you are doing poorly, talk to your advisor about your situation as soon as possible.
- Keep copies all of your academic records -- planning materials, program evaluations, official transactions, resource materials -- and take them with you every time you visit with your advisor.
- Make advising into an opportunity -- to build a long-term collegial relationship. Advisors are often a source for letters of recommendation for scholarships, jobs or graduate school applications.