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Prepare for your advising appointment

Academic advisors are here to help you succeed as a student in the College of Humanities. As educators and problem solvers, they advocate for students as they navigate their personal journey of higher education and attain their academic goals. Through inclusion and connection, they open doors to new opportunities for self-awareness and growth, empowering students to define their roles as citizens within local and global communities.

Here are a few of the things our advisors can help you with:

  • Exploring academic options that support your personal and career interests.
  • Building a class schedule that accomplishes your academic goals and your timeline for graduation.
  • Connecting to university, college and department resources.
  • Building a foundation for a lifetime of success as a University of Utah College of Humanities alum.

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 schedule.

✓  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.

 

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Last Updated: 8/23/16