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Some Common Advising Questions

1. As a new student, when should I schedule an appointment to see my advisor?

Since your advisor can be one of the most significant people during your college career, you should meet with your advisor within the first three weeks of the semester. Academic advising is an ongoing process rather than a single or isolated appointment or event. Meeting with your advisor can help you to define your academic or career goals and help you to choose classes.

2. What should I do if my advisor's office hours are not conducive to my class schedule?

You can ask the department secretary if the advisor has another time to meet with you. You can leave a voice mail message or e-mail your advisor and ask him/her to contact you to arrange a mutually convenient time.

3. Can I make course changes after the first week of classes?

Courses may be dropped with a W grade on the transcript at any time from the 10th day through the ninth week of the semester as indicated on the academic calendar. Discuss any plans with your advisor and submit the completed form to the Office of the Registrar. After the ninth week you must show extenuating circumstances and gain approval from the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs before submitting the completed form to the Office of the Registrar.

4. What happens if I am not sure or if I want to change my major?

Every year over 20% of entering freshmen enroll as undecided or undeclared, and more than 40% of students change their major at least once. Advisors are here to assist you in the development of strategies for self, educational, career and decision-making knowledge.

5. Should I talk to my parents before changing my major?

Your parents are a vital part of your educational support network. It can be extremely helpful for you to sit down and discuss your thoughts and feelings with your parents. Talk to your advisor, who will assist you in developing a plan that can include your parents' involvement in the decision making process.

Last Reviewed: August 1, 2005