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Academic Advising

November 02, 2016

Registration for the spring semester is right around the corner! Before students are able to register for classes, they must meet with an advisor to go over their progress towards graduation and receive counsel on the classes they need to take.

What exactly is “Academic Advising”?

Academic “advising is a process in which advisor and advisee enter a dynamic relationship respectful of the student’s concerns.” Ideally, the advisor serves as a teacher and guide in an interactive partnership aimed at enhancing the student’s self-awareness and fulfillment.” (Terry O’Banion).

Advisors are key contact people for students. They serve as the go-to person on campus for any questions or concerns regarding a student’s academics. Advising is an essential component for student success. Getting advised ensures students stay on track with their degree plan and graduate on time, match their class schedule with their learning styles, and balance their courses as best they can each semester. Advising also helps students gain decision-making skills and assume responsibility for their educational goals.

Every term, ASU hosts “Advise-a-RAMa”.This is a campaign that promotes early advising for on-time class registration. During this time, students attend an advising session with their advisor, where they discuss their progress towards graduation and the classes they should register for to complete their degrees. Students can visit to learn specific advising instructions that pertain to them.

The registration schedule for this term is as follows:

  • Monday, Nov. 7: Graduate, Post-Baccalaureate and Senior students
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9: Junior students
  • Monday, Nov. 14: Sophomore students
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16: Freshmen students
  • Monday, Nov. 21: New students/open registration

Some students are also eligible for early registration. These include Up & Coming Scholars, ROTC students, Honors students and athletes.

Students cannot register for classes until they have been advised. ASU strongly encourages students to get advised during “Advise-a-RAMa” to register for classes on-time. There has been a noticeable correlation in students who have been advised early and their Grade Point Average (GPA). It seems that the earlier students are advised, the higher their GPA. When a student is advised early, they have the opportunity to choose classes and times that fit their learning style best. Registering on-time allows students to avoid classes that conflict with their learning styles and schedules, such as the dreaded 8 a.m. classes.

How does a student meet with their advisor?

Students can find out who their professional advisor is by clicking here to select their area of study.

Every college has their own faculty advisors and they all go through the advising process a little differently. Students should get in contact with their specific college to find out what the advising process is for their major. Some majors even require specific documents that need to be completed before they can begin the advising process. Students are encouraged to check with their college to find out if they need to bring in any documents to their advising appointment.

ASU professional advisors use a system called GradesFirst for their advising matters. GradesFirst is a great system that allows students to schedule advising appointments online and sends them multiple reminders (via text and email) when these are approaching. It is also a convenient communications system between advisors and advisees.

General Advising Misconceptions

  • Students only see their advisor when they start their college career
  • Students can register without being advised
  • Advisors select majors for students
  • Advisors choose classes and times for students

All of the above statements are false! Students must see an advisor before they register for classes each term. If a student is not advised, they will have an advising hold placed on their account and will not be able to register for classes until they meet with their advisor. While advisors give students counsel on the classes they should take in order to successfully follow their degree plan, students are the ones who choose what classes to register for.

What Parents Should Know About Advising

Advisors adhere to FERPA (Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act) guidelines. If a parent has not been granted Proxy Access by their student, they are not able to access their student’s records.

The job of an advisor is to help students take personal responsibility for their own academic progress and success. Advisors act as a mentor that helps students reach academic success and are available for students year-round. Even when there is campus closure, there is an advisor available on campus for students to meet with if needed.

Advisor Advice

It is highly encouraged that parents maintain open communication with their student. Parents can assist our advisors by reminding their student of the following:

  • Get advised early! Early advising enables students to register on-time and have better course selection options.
  • Know your classification: Freshmen (0-29 hours), Sophomore (30-59 hours), Junior (60-89 hours), Senior (90+ hours). Students can find this information on Ramport, under the “Student Services” tab.
  • Don’t guess! If you have any questions, contact your advisor.

Advisors are always available and ready to help students. If a student needs something an advisor cannot help them with, they will direct them to someone who is able to. Encourage your student to set an appointment with their assigned advisor(s) as soon as possible so they can register for classes when registration opens. Be wise- get advised!


For more information about advising, visit the Advising website.