1. Post appropriate office hours and always make time for students a priority during these hours and at other times as you are available.
  2. Assist students in understanding all degree requirements including institutional, departmental, course sequencing and other pertinent information.
  3. Never give out an advisement number without adequate contact with, and advisement of, each individual student.
  4. Be proactive throughout the advisement process by initiating contact with advisees to communicate requirements and deadlines and to discuss their educational plan.
  5. Learn to access and use enrollment information on the Gorilla User System (GUS).
  6. Project that you genuinely care about students by serving as a resource to help them clarify life, career and academic goals.
  7. Know about and make referrals to support services as appropriate.
  8. Be aware of policies, requirements, resources and materials necessary for student's academic progress and achievement.

Advisors provide advice and information regarding:

  • Major and minor choice
  • Course schedule and sequence
  • General education completion
  • Referrals                            
  • Understanding the degree audit
  • Learning opportunities
  • Study abroad
  • Academic success goals
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Career choice and graduate school

Advisors are most often faculty in the department of the student's major. If a student is undeclared, he/she may be advised through the Freshman Experience or Transitions course instructor or a volunteer undeclared advisor from across campus.

Students can locate their assigned advisor by accessing their Degree Audit or under Degree Information using the Gorilla User System (GUS).