Preparing for your Advising Appointment

To get the most from academic advising:

  • Get to know your academic advisor. Your advisor is your advocate, someone who works to help make your time at Cameron University friendly and trouble-free. The better your advisor knows you, the better he/she can help you get the most out of your educational experience.
  • Ask questions! Advisors are here to answer questions as you have them. University policies can be complex, difficult to understand and hard to find. Advisors know most of them already and know how to get you the best answer.
  • Be active in your academic advising. Be prompt and prepared for your advising appointment.
  • Review documents and information after your advising appointment.

Prepare for your academic advising appointment:

  • Think about your major.
  • If you know what major you want, let your advisor know.
  • If you aren’t sure about what major would be best, think about what career you might want. Talk to your advisor about possible careers and related majors.
  • Review your degree plan. Consider what courses on the degree plan you would like to take.
  • Review the schedule of classes and look for classes that fit your degree plan and classes for which you meet prerequisites.
  • Bring a list of classes you want to take.
  • Bring a tentative schedule of those classes.
  • Write down your questions and bring them with you so that you don’t forget.
  • Bring the documents from your previous advising appointments.

Your responsibilities:

  • To give your advisor accurate and honest information.
  • To schedule and keep appointments. If you will be late or can’t make it, be courteous and call the Advising Center to let the advisor know. Appointments more than 10 minutes late will be rescheduled.
  • To establish the agenda for the advising appointment.
  • To learn about University policies by browsing the catalog.
  • To be open to advice. Sometimes advisors will bring up new ideas to try which may very well make your experience even better.

Your Advisor’s Responsibilities:

  • To listen.
  • To be prompt. Under normal circumstances, students should expect a response from their advisor by the end of the next business day.
  • To establish and develop the relationship with the student.
  • To provide contact information.
  • To keep office hours.
  • To keep scheduled appointments. In the event an appointment needs to be canceled, we will contact you.
  • To give students information about academic services and resources available to the student.
  • To help the student define academic & career goals.
  • To interpret complex university policies for the student.

Advising Tools

Key Advising Periods
(Appointment only)

  • October 1 through Christmas Break
  • March 1 through mid-May

Open Advising:
(No appointments - walk in only)

  • August 1 through the start of classes
  • January 1 through the start of classes

Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis during open advising periods and may experience waits. Scheduling an appointment early (March for summer and fall registration, October for spring registration) is the best way to avoid scheduling problems.

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