Appointment Tips

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:

  • A list of questions or concerns
  • Program plan of study and four-year degree plan
  • Copies of transcripts and/or your transfer credit evaluation watch videos
  • Copy of degree evaluation and/or progress to degree

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)