Academic Advising at Seattle University is a collaborative educational process where a student and their advisor are partners in planning the student's personal, academic, and vocational goals as well as in ensuring student success.
To learn more about advising, we recommend you start by reviewing the following:
While Academic Advising is beneficial and we recommend meeting with your advisor regularly, not all SU Undergraduate students are required to meet with their advisor every quarter. Advisors will typically reach out before Advising Period with instructions on how to make an appointment if required.
The following students are required to meet with their academic advisor:
Seattle University students are expected to:
Your advisor can assist with many things. While professional advisors can often help you connect to campus opportunities and faculty advisors can serves as advisors within your discipline, both can assist you with:
Choosing Classes & Educational Planning
Majors and Minors
Social Connections & Co-curricular Activities
Study Abroad Course Selection
Policies and Petitions
Advisors care about you as a whole person, not just as a student, and may also recommend that you meet with other support staff on campus. Some common referrals include Career Advising, Learning Assistance Programs, Counseling & Psychological Services, Disability Services, Student Financial Services, etc.
Review this checklist to ensure you are prepared for your advising appointment:
Review Program Evaluation
Identify your Academic Advisor(s)
Schedule an Advising Appointment
Check Registration Time & Mark on Calendar
Check & Resolve Holds
Review Class Options and Add to Plan
Draft or Update Educational Plan
Complete Any Required Assignments
Academic advisors will typically send advising notes summarizing important information from the appointment. Many advisors utilize Redhawk SOAR for advising notes, which will send you an email notification. In addition to reviewing advising appointment notes, be sure to consider the following:
180 credits are required to graduate. Some programs require more than 180 credits.
2.00 cumulative GPA is required, some degrees require a higher major GPA, check the Catalog for details.
Major requirements vary but students must complete all required courses as shown for their major in the Catalog. Required Major GPA may be higher than 2.0 for some programs.
The final 45 credits of degree requirements must be taken at Seattle University unless waived.
General elective credits don't satisfy specific requirements, but count towards total required credits. The number of GEs you can take depends on the specific requirements of your major. Discuss GE choices with your advisor.
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