Graduate Advising


All new students are assigned a graduate faculty member as an academic advisor. Although most programs of study offer few options and you may have few questions about academic progression, advisors are good sources of other school and career-related information and advice. Use your advisor as a resource for success in the graduate program.

Who is my advisor?

To determine who your advisor is, please visit MySeattleU

Information about how to get started using MySeattleU can be found in this Student Planning for Students guide.

Seattle University Graduate Advising Mission Statement

Seattle University recognizes that academic advising is integral to the achievement of our educational mission. Academic advising at Seattle University is guided by our values: care, academic excellence, diversity, faith, justice, and leadership. Seattle University Mission Statement for Advising.

Advisor’s Role: Context of Advising Relationship

The advising process should move beyond directive practices to a more comprehensive approach Such advising encourages student reflection upon and analysis of academic, career and personal goals. The resulting advisor-advisee relationship would be implemented through a mentoring
process featuring interactive communication, socialization into the academic community, and sponsorship into the profession.

An advisor's role is consultative in nature and is not one of granting or denying administrative approval to students for particular procedures or actions. The advisor assumes the following responsibilities, including, but not limited to:

  • Faculty advisors will serve in the primary role as advocates for student welfare.
  • Assist students with the early adjustment to school and maintain regular contact for the remainder of their school career.
  • It is the advisors responsibility to make the initial contact with their assigned student(s).
  • Provide guidance in helping students identify and address academic and non-academic problems early.
  • Direct advisees to resources in the University.
  • Address student issues in a confidential manner except in cases where there is concern about the welfare of the student or others.
  • Provide occasional assistance to students working through curricular or career decision issues.
  • Provide students with an occasional social outlet from studies (conversation over a cup of coffee or a sandwich, etc.).
  • Provide students with a positive professional role model.
  • Inform the Associate Dean of Graduate Education and complete the appropriate form if a student desires to change advisors.
  • Questions to discuss with your advisor:
  • What if anything, worries you about your graduate program?
  • How can an advisor help you the most?
  1. Policies
  2. Scheduling/Academic calendar
  3. Career guidance
  4. Problems: personal, academic, financial
  5. Information
  • Do you have concerns about adjusting to the university?
  • Are you aware of the resources available to you? (tutoring, counseling, career planning, etc)
  • Are there special situations that we need to consider in planning your educational program? For example, do you have a job? Are you responsible for your family? Do you require special provisions? Do you have military obligations? Are you an athlete?
  • What are your long-term career plans?