Advising Center Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
Evening hours by appointment.
We will provide the support, expertise and resources that prepare you for the next steps in your journey, but you also need to do your part. We have developed certain expectations that layout the key responsibilities for our students and help ensure you are successful in your academic career. Please see details below.
As a result of your advising sessions, you are expected to know/understand the following:
- Students will understand graduation requirements (general education, major, electives, total credits required).
- Students will be able to find information from various online and in-person campus resources.
- Students will know where to find, and will follow, policies and procedures of the University, the College, and their academic department.
- Students will use Onestop website to complete course registration and access other important records.
- Students will develop problem-solving, adaptability, and change management skills.
- Students will learn planning skills – life, academic, schedule, career.
- Students will learn to manage school/work/personal responsibilities.
- Students will learn to select courses that best fit their interests and major.
- Student will demonstrate ownership of their educational experience by fulfilling the Student’s Responsibilities.
What Advisors Expect From Students
- Give careful thought to your academic and career goals and openly share this information with your advisor.
- Take responsibility for your learning by reviewing the degree audit, the course offerings, your major/degree requirements and by becoming fully aware of academic/university policies, procedures and requirements.
- To ensure quality time, make an official advising appointment every semester well in advance of your designated registration time. If you are unable to keep a scheduled advising appointment, remember to notify your advisor in advance.
- Prepare a list of questions before meeting with your advisor and have a tentative written list of classes for which you would like to register.
- Know the academic calendar and be aware of important deadlines.
- Know your academic requirements and keep track of courses completed for General Education, your major and minor/area of concentration.
- Contact your advisor at times other than the official advising/registration periods, if needed. It is important to inform your advisor about any academic or personal problems as soon as they arise because your advisor can refer you to any needed university resources.
- Be aware that adding or dropping classes without consulting your advisor may result in failure to satisfy degree requirements and may have financial consequences.
- Retain copies of all your university documents.
- Regularly check your UC email account.
- Ask questions! If you are unclear about a policy or procedure, get clarification from your advisor.
- Accept responsibility for your education. Advisors will provide you with advice and options, but you must make your own decisions. Your goal is to assume primary responsibility for educational planning, course scheduling and the successful completion of all graduation requirements.
What Students Can Expect From Their Advisors
- Demonstrate a genuine interest in students’ success by helping them develop realistic educational goals.
- Be accessible and responsive to students' needs.
- Review and update each student's academic record prior to or during the advising appointment.
- Be knowledgeable about university policies/procedures and all academic requirements related to graduation, General Education, majors, minors and areas of concentration.
- Know the academic calendar and be fully aware of important deadlines.
- Know how to access key student information via Onestop website.
- Assist students in academic planning by explaining information about the major, General Education, minor/area of concentration and other degree requirements.
- Teach students to be aware of prerequisites, course sequencing, appropriate course loads and where to locate information about course content.
- Assist students in developing decision-making skills and encourage them to take responsibility.
- Learn about university resources/support services available to students and make appropriate referrals when needed.
- Encourage student participation in student organizations.
- Participate in professional development to stay current with policies, procedures, and requirements.