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How to Prepare for Advising

Make the most of those mandatory meetings with your advisor each semester.  Make sure you know what resources are available to you, and what policies you are bound by.  Be ready to ask good questions and build a real relationship with your advisor.  Below is a guide to being prepared for your advising appointment.

First step: Find out who your advisor is.

Look at ULink for advisor information.

If no information is listed, please use the Advisor Locator List to contact the advising center for your department.

Know when the advising period is each semester.

Check the academic calendar on the Registrar’s website to find the two-week period each semester designated for advising.

These dates should also be advertised in other locations around campus—keep your eyes open!

Reach out to your advisor BEFORE the advising period to schedule an appointment.

Some advisors like you to sign up via email. Others will post a sign-up sheet on their door. Still others will schedule group advising meetings at specific times.  Make sure you know how advising works in your department and with your advisor BEFORE the advising period begins.

Before your appointment, be familiar with the General Education and Degree Requirements for your major.

Make good use of the online catalog as a way to get familiar with degree requirements and policies.

Explore your department’s website. Many websites give further information about specific programs, courses, or advice about advising targeted at students.

We have a degree audit system available to most students, excluding those in University College or the College of Liberal Arts. Use uAchieve, accessed through ULink to track your progress towards your degree.

Become familiar with the Upper Division Requirements for your major.

Take a look at the Critical Courses in each major.

Considering changing your major? This is a good thing to think about before you talk with your advisor.

Explore the online catalog or department websites for all of the alternate majors you are considering.

 Meet with a counselor in the Academic Success Center to discuss your academic options.

Take a career test in the Career Services office and have a follow-up conversation with a career counselor.

 Look at the Schedule of Classes to see what is available for the upcoming semester

This is accessed through ULink. On the Fall Registration tab, scroll down to the heading Register for Classes and select Look up Classes.

Prepare a list of 5-7 courses you’d be interested in taking, based on the above information.

Prepare a list of questions for your advisor. 

These can be questions about your academic progress, your future career options, or things outside of the classroom like extracurricular activities or your off-campus job.

Arrive on-time for your advising appointment.

Here are some things to bring with you, especially if it is your first meeting with an advisor:

Something to take notes with

Unofficial transcript

Your student ID or know your ULID

A blue advising form (available in your department office)