Feel Free to Ask Questions
Advisors are here to assist you! We want to answer your questions so please feel free to ask them. if your advisor does not know an answer, he/she will find the answer for you or direct you to the correct person. Some students find it helpful to write a list of questions to ask their advisors.
Meet With Your Advisor Regularly
We recommend that students meet with their advisor at least once a semester.
Make An Appointment
Appointments allow you and your advisor to have 30 minutes of uninterrupted conversation. It also allows the advisor to be completely prepared, with your file, when you meet. As a courtesy please call if you know you will not be able to keep your appointment or if you will be late. Generally, if you are more than 15 minutes late you will be asked to reschedule.
Know Your Student Identification Number
Your student identification number will begin with an A and is 9 characters long. You may hear this number referred to as your "A number" . Records are no longer kept by the social security numbers so please have your ID number with you.
Keep Deadlines in Mind
There are deadlines for registering, dropping, and paying for courses. There are also deadlines for applying for graduation. Most deadlines may be found on SAIL. Please keep them in mind and make your advising appointments accordingly.
Become Familiar With Your Degree Audit
This will allow you to register for the correct courses and to calculate how many hours you have remaining. If you don't understand any part of it, please ask your advisor to explain.
Complete Paperwork For Signatures
If you need paperwork signed by your advisor (e.g. fiancial aid appeal forms, military graduation plans, insurance documents, etc) please make sure that they are complete before the appointment. Or, we can also help you complete them during your appointment if you are not sure how. But, as a rule, we will not sign blank forms.