What Is Academic Advising?
Academic advising is an educational process that facilitates students' understanding of the meaning and purpose of higher education and fosters their intellectual and personal development toward academic success and lifelong learning. Academic advising should be ongoing throughout a student's college career. It helps the student clarify his or her personal, educational, and career goals and to understand how courses fit into the student's goals for the future.
Mac students work one-on-one with faculty advisors to choose courses, explore professional interests, and stay on track for a timely graduation. New freshman begin with a Pre-major Advisor, and eventually move onto their Major Advisor once their major is declared (usually sometime 2nd semester freshman year.)
How to Get the Most Out of Advising
In order to get the most out of advising, while saving time for yourself and your advisor,
- research courses, majors, and careers prior to the meeting and prepare questions for your advisor;
- bring a paper and pencil to take notes;
- keep an advising folder with all planning documents, reflection materials, personal questions, and more;
- get to know your advisor! Treat it like a class where you're the only student. The assignments and associated learning outcomes are yours to complete, and you have the full attention of the "professor," who will assist you throughout.
Get Advising Assistance
Academic advising is part of the new One-Stop Student Services, located on the second floor of Jenkins Education Complex. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Walk-ins and appointments are welcome.
Common topics for appointments include
- exploring various majors and degree options;
- referrals for assistance with improving study skills and other student success resources;
- Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) plans;
- evaluating faculty advising.
Common walk-in topics include
- adding/dropping courses;
- printing out a class schedule;
- printing out unofficial transcripts;
- assistance contacting your faculty advisor;
- information about institutional policies and procedures.