What is an Academic Advisor?
Academic Advisors are professionally trained individuals who guide students through college to reach their academic goals. USI's Academic Advisors interact with students, evaluate individual needs, and teach students to become self-directed learners and independent decision-makers.
What can you expect from your academic advisor?
- Listen to your goals and help you explore your path
- Talk with you about your strengths, interests, and abilities
- Explain your major requirements and help you build your graduation plan
- Guide you through your plan of study, giving information about course requirements
- Be accessible for questions and meetings (within reason)
- Discuss your academic performance on a regular basis
- Empower you to advocate for yourself
- Offer advise about personal and academic concerns, such as roommates or study habits
- Support you when navigating university procedures
- Care about you as a person, providing a safe, inclusive environment
- Provide detailed information regarding the admission process for your major if applicable
- Refer you to other resources on campus as needed
What will your academic advisor expect from you?
- Know your advisor’s name, office location, email address, and how to make an appointment
- Check your USI email daily
- Be proactive and seek out information about your major or interests
- Ask for clarification as many times as needed if you do not understand a University process
- Make good decisions each semester so you are on track for graduation
- Be open to exploring new possibilities and opportunities
- Inform your advisor if you are interested in study abroad or internships to properly plan for that in your plan of study
- Meet with your advisor at least once a semester to discuss your academic plan and career goals
- Come prepared to your advising meeting by reviewing your plan of study requirements
- Notify your advisor of any changes that would affect your academic plan such as academic difficulties, life events, financial issues
- Be knowledgeable about the policies, procedures, and requirements of your major
Follow through with the appropriate actions after your advising meeting
- Accept responsibility for your academic decisions
- Understand that it’s ok to feel homesick, be lonely, or struggle in a class. Reach out to your advisor for help!