Academic Advising

It is the student's responsibility to make decisions about his/her educational and career goals.

Academic counselors are here to help students work towards those goals, and academic advising is an intentional partnership between the student and his/her advisor(s) in which the shared goal is the student’s academic success.

Below is information on when, why, and how often to see academic advising, whether you come during walk-in hours or for an appointment.

For information regarding academic advising workshops and student org meetings, check out our SAO Events Calendar.



» Meet with an Academic Advisor

  • Whenever you have a question about your academic standing, progress, or goals
  • Once a quarter, or at least once a year, to make sure you are on track
  • Three quarters before your intended graduation date


» Some Benefits of Consistent Academic Advising Meetings

  • Be confident that you are on track for graduation
  • Receive assistance with short- and long-term goal setting
  • Get help with planning and selecting courses to meet your academic and career goals
  • Obtain referrals to and advice about campus resources and opportunities
  • Gain clarification on University and School policies and procedures


» While Meeting with an Advisor

  • Arrive on time (if meeting during a scheduled appointment)
  • Come prepared with questions and concerns
  • Honestly discuss your goals, interests, and priorities
  • Keep an open mind to consider the options presented to you
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don't understand something


» What it is a Study Plan, and Why Should You Have One?

A Study Plan maps out of the courses and/or units you would need to take in the upcoming academic year(s) in order to make progress on your degree requirements.

  • It presents a bird's eye view of your course load and potential academic commitments over the year
  • It allows you to make quick adjustments to your schedule and plan ahead
  • It can help reduce stress when enrolling for classes
  • Use this helpful academic plan worksheet.


» Tips for Building a Study Plan

  • Know what classes you need to take. These include courses that satisfy University and School Requirements, as well as any core courses required for your major.
  • Make special note of any required classes that are only offered once a year or once every other year, or must be taken in a specific order.
  • Pay attention to course prerequisites, and know which ones you have cleared. If you need to submit a prerequisite clearing request, take care of it in advance.
  • Use the tentative academic year course plan when mapping out your year. But keep in mind that this course plan is tentative, so some of the elective classes you were hoping to take may be cancelled or conflict with each other.
  • Be prepared to be flexible!