What is Academic Advising?
Academic advising is the process through which a student works with an adviser to choose the courses, programs, and majors that are most appropriate. The adviser helps the student understand the opportunities and requirements of the college's general education program and a specific major. The adviser also helps students deal with any academic issues that may arise, such as a desire to change majors.
Information for Students
If you have already declared a major when you arrive at Utica College, an adviser from that field will be assigned to work with you. If you have not declared a major, you will work with a professional counselor from the Academic Support Services or with a faculty member.
- You are ultimately responsible for knowing and fulfilling all the degree requirements. You should check the college catalog and departmental information to make sure you know what these requirements are. Utica College's general education requirements can be downloaded from this web page. The requirements for the various majors can also be downloaded from this web page.
- Each semester, you will be notified by the college of the time when you can register for the next semester's classes. Prior to your registration time you should make an appointment to meet with your adviser. When you meet with your adviser you should have a provisional schedule of the courses you want to take the following semester. Information about the courses offered and the times they can be taken appear in the Schedule of Classes. The Schedule of Classes is also available on the college's web site.
- There is more information about advising in the Utica College Student Advising Manual. If you do not already have a copy, ask your adviser for one.
Information for Advisers
Advising involves more than simply making sure students meet Utica College's general education requirements and the requirements of a major - it includes helping students make the most the academic opportunities available to them.
- Work with students to help them find the course of study most appropriate for them. This may mean helping them explore the possibility of a different major. The requirements for the different majors can be downloaded from this web page.
- Make sure that students have met all the requirements necessary to be graduated from Utica College. You can download an advising checklist for students entering before Fall 2005, or you can download the general education requirements for students entering Fall 2005 or later.
A checklist of important advising questions and answers is also available.
- Be familiar with the resources available to students, including Counseling Services, Academic Support, Career Services, Tutoring Services, and the Math and Writing Centers.
- Be easily available to students during such crucial periods as pre-registration and add/drop. At other times you should be available by appointment and during regularly scheduled office hours.
Checklist of Important Advising Questions and Answers
General Education Requirements for Students Entering Fall 2005 or later
General Education Requirements for Students before Fall 2005
Core Checklist for Students Entering Before Fall 2005
Core Checklist for Students Entering Fall 2005 or later
Requirements for Academic Majors