Tips for Working with an Advisor

Advising is most effective when students and advisors understand one another’s expectations. Students should have appropriate expectations of their advisors, and understand their advisors will have expectations of them.

Students should expect their assigned academic advisors to be: able to help them make good decisions about courses, careers, and academic opportunities; accessible; and willing to listen when they have questions.

Advisors expect students to: see them at least once per semester, be prepared for meetings, and seek them with questions before small issues become large problems.

Students must take responsibility for raising questions during their advising meetings about issues beyond course selection (e.g., careers, international experiences, internships, research, volunteer work, graduate study).