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How to Get the Most Out of Advisement

Advisement for the following semester begins approximately one and one-half
weeks after the midterm date of the semester.

Learning the Process

  • Become familiar with the requirements of your chosen program by studying the college catalog. If you do not have a catalog, ask for one at the Information Center (Airport - AC 110: Beltline - WM 250) or in any departmental office.
  • After midterm each semester, get a copy of the Class Schedule booklet which lists the courses being offered for the next term. This booklet is also available in the Information Center or in any departmental office.
  • Read the Class Schedule booklet carefully. It describes in detail the steps to follow to meet with your advisor. The booklet also contains other valuable information that a good advisee needs to know.
Making the Appointment

  • To make an appointment with an advisor, call the number listed for you program and campus in the Class Schedule booklet. The program contact persons usually begin making appointments a few days before advising actually begins.
  • When the contact person makes an appointment for you with an advisor, write down the name of the advisor and also the time and date of the appointment and the office number of your advisor. Also write down the name and number of the contact person who makes the appointment.
  • Ask the contact person who makes the appointment to explain where your advisor's office is if you don't know.

Preparing for the Appointment

  • All during the semester, as advisement questions occur to you concerning things such as how many courses you should take and the best order to take courses in, you should write down your questions and keep them so that you will remember to ask your advisor.
  • You advisor will want to discuss your progress in your course during the current semester, so be sure that you have good records of your grades through midterm in the courses you are taking.
  • A few days before the appointment, write down what your work, family and other commitments are for the next semester so that you and your advisor can make wise decisions about the number of courses you should take.
  • Examine the Class Schedule booklet to see what courses in your program will be available next term.
  • Prepare a sample schedule of the classes you think you should take.
  • Do not miss your appointment! If may be hard to get another one during the busy advisement period. If something happens which means you must miss the appointment, call the contact person who made the appointment as soon as possible.

If you are a new student and have further questions about the advising process or you are a continuing student and would like some guidance as to where you may need to go or whom to contact, ask one of the Advisement Center Student Advisors.

If you have any questions or comments about advisement and scheduling,
send an e-mail to the Advisement Center.