MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR ADVISING EXPERIENCE
- Take initiative to schedule, keep all of your advising appointments, and be on time
- Prepare a list of questions or concerns
- Get to know your adviser and ask for help to develop your goals
- Utilize the resources offered at Oakland University, such as The Tutoring Center, The Writing Center and Career Services
- Know the basic university and departmental graduation requirements
- Accept responsibility and become familiar with academic policies and procedures
- Familiarize yourself with the academic calendar and be aware of all university and departmental deadlines
- Maintain copies of your grade reports and academic records
- Meet with your adviser regularly
- Keep a record of the information you learned in your advising appointments
WHAT TO BRING TO YOUR ADVISING APPOINTMENT:
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR ACADEMIC ADVISER:
- Will I graduate in four years?
- What major is the best fit for my skills?
- What are my career options with this major?
- How do I change my major?
- What do I need in order to declare major standing?
- I have no idea what I’m getting in my classes. How do I calculate my grades?
- What happens if I withdraw, add or drop a class?
- I’m thinking about transferring, what should I do?
- I don’t understand my transfer credit evaluation, is there anyone who can help me?
WHEN TO VISIT YOUR ACADEMIC ADVISER:
- Once a semester for first-year students and at least once a year for upperclassmen
- To prepare for class registration
- Questions about adding/dropping/withdrawing from classes
- Call or email your adviser for an override for your schedule
- Requesting permission to exceed max number of credits
- Questions about your mid-semester evaluation or early alert status
- Questions about probation
- Change/add majors or minors
- Interested in taking courses at a community college or another institution
- Transfer to another institution
- Information on internships, student involvement, study abroad
- Discuss your degree evaluation
- Discuss career and/or graduate school options
- Graduation audit (semester before graduation)