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What is advising?

About Academic Advising

What is academic advising?

A shared partnership between you and a professional who is there to help you achieve your educational goals.

What does an advisor provide?

  • Attention
  • Confidentiality
  • Accuracy
  • Respect
  • Support

What can you do as a student?

  • Make a genuine effort
  • Carefully plan
  • Communicate honestly
  • Become actively interested
  • Take personal responsibility
  • Keep your advisor informed
  • Ask questions!  Use this document as a guide

When should you see an advisor?

  • Required advising (RAD) for first-semester students
  • Each semester to confirm next semester’s schedule
  • If you are confused, struggling, uncertain
  • The semester prior to graduation to plan/track steps

Advisors are available year round to provide continuous support whenever students feel they could benefit.

Why should you see an advisor?

  • Set semester goals
  • Academic support
  • Learn how classes fulfill requirements
  • Finish in Four
  • Extra/Co-curricular activities
  • Tutoring/Learning Assistance
  • Explore different study areas of interest
  • Determine your plan for continuing semesters

Consider the following before/after your appointment:

  • Boise State’s policy and procedures, especially those related to academic progress, academic probation, academic dismissal, GPA requirements, and academic deadlines.
  • What careers might I expect to work in with my major?
  • How does my major relate to my career goals?
  • Are there any clubs or organizations related to my major that I should join?
  • How can I learn more about internship opportunities in my major?

Keep all your documents and important materials organized and in a safe place. Examples:

  • Undergraduate catalog
  • Schedule of classes for that term
  • Advisors contact information and faculty/staff office hours
  • Your Academic Advising Report (AAR), Degree Tracker, or Four-Year Plan
  • Syllabi

Come prepared for your advising appointment:

  • Be on time
  • Come with a list of questions
  • Accept responsibility for your decisions; ultimately your advisor is providing recommendations. You will make the final decision. Be willing to accept the consequences.