Expectations About Advising

Advising is a team effort between you and your advisor. You’ll get the most out of your advising experience if you go into it with the right set of expectations. Do you know what to expect from your advisor, and what's expected of you?
It also might be helpful to check out our section that explains the key differences between     High School and College Advising
You Your Advisor

Seek Support

Take the initiative to seek support as often as you need it. It's up to you to schedule (and attend) your appointments.

Be available

Your advisor will be available to you on a regular basis and respond to you in a timely manner.

Monitor your progress

Become familiar with, and track important deadlines, requirements, and policies that affect you.

Clarify information

Your advisor will help you interpret or find answers to university policies, procedures, and requirements.

Come prepared

You’re in charge of leading your advising appointment. Check your DARS, start to look into your questions, be ready to talk about your goals.

Stay current

Your advisor will actively stay up to date through professional development opportunities and training.

Be honest

Your advisor can only help you if they understand your interests, goals, struggles, and concerns. Be willing to open up.

Provide a supportive environment

Your advisor will be non-judgmental, and keep your information confidential (unless there are special circumstances).

Follow through

Your advising appointment is only half of what you need to do. To get the most out of your advising experience, you need to follow through on your “homework.”

Make suggestions & connections

Your advisor will explain the pros and cons of different options, give you some suggestions, and make referrals to appropriate resources and advising offices.

Take responsibility

Understand that the final decision is always up to you. Your advisor is here as a guide, and will challenge you to make independent decisions, and to set your own goals.

Help develop independence

Your advisor will challenge you to take initiative, and provide a supportive environment for you to develop your decision making skills.