High School vs College Advising

As you are transitioning from high school to college, you might be unaware of some of the major differences you are about to encounter when it comes to academic advising. You may also have misconceptions about advising that can hold you back from getting the most out of your college experience. 
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn."
-Benjamin Franklin

Take a moment to make sure you're aware of what to expect, and what's expected of you. You can also read more about Advisor and Student Roles

High School College
 
  • Your counselor might schedule the appointment for you, plan the agenda, and do most of the talking.​
  • Counselors tell you what classes would best fit your interests, requirements, and schedule.
  • Most of your classes are assigned to you.
  • Your parents, teachers, or counselors’ opinions have a bigger impact on your decisions, and they play a bigger role in helping your know your responsibilities.
  • You may only see your advisor once a semester, and mainly about scheduling or college preparation.
 
  • You are in charge of scheduling your appointment, creating the agenda, and will do most of the talking.
  • Advisors help you choose your own classes, and develop a strategic academic plan.
  • You are in charge of registering for all your classes.
  • It’s up to you to take initiative if you want academic support, access to resources, or information on how to get involved.
  • You should see your advisor once or twice a semester, and may see different types of advisors who specialize in certain areas. Topics may range from career planning, to getting involved on campus, to studying abroad.

Most importantly, your college advisor will help you become an effective decision-maker; someone who is able to take initiative to get information, who realizes and prioritizes goals, who carefully weighs the opinions and advice of others, and processes the pros and cons of each situation.