Planning with a Purpose
You'll get more out of your advising appointment if you prepare a little beforehand.
Here's what you should know:
As a Student, You Should Be
✓ Prepared. You must bring in a current DARS report for the correct major and catalog year (year
you declared), make a list of questions and concerns, and bring a tentative class
✓ Considerate. You should arrive on time to your appointment. If you cannot make your appointment,
you should contact your advisor as soon as possible or reschedule online if possible.
✓ Professional. Refrain from using your cell phone during your appointment. Take notes and be attentive.
If you are contacting an advisor through email, please use a proper salutation and
signature and include your uNID.
✓ Independent. Plan to attend your appointment on your own. Spouses, parents, friends, and children
can be distracting.
✓ Responsible. Take ownership of your education and your success. It is your responsibility to comply
with university requirements and policies, monitor your DARS and progress towards
graduation, and accept the consequences of your academic and personal choices.
Your Advisor Will Be
✓ Attentive. He or she will listen to your questions and concerns.
✓ Respectful. He or she will be considerate of your unique interests, abilities, and circumstances.
✓ Accessible. He or she should be available for advising at a variety of times and in a variety
of formats, including e-mail and phone.
✓ Informative. He or she will clearly explain degree requirements and clarify university regulations
and policies. If your advisor doesn't have an answer, he or she will direct you to
someone who does.
✓ Empowering. He or she will help you develop an individual course plan, refer you to campus resources,
and connect you with academic and extra-curricular opportunities that support your
personal and career interests.