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 Advisor + Student = A Great Partnership

The Advisor - Student partnership at the college level is a working, dynamic relationship.  Each person gives information, asks questions, and trusts each other to ultimately help the student realize his or her goals.  As students move through their curriculum, they will be expected to take more and more responsibility in meeting their degree requirements.  But don't worry - your advisor will always have your back!  Below is a chart outlining what you and your advisor should mutually expect from each other (courtesy of the Office of the Director of Undergraduate Advising).

If your Exploratory Advisor refers you to another department for further major exploration, here is a list of Key Undergraduate Advisors (PDF file) associated with those departments. 

Students can expect their advisor to:Advisors can expect their students to:

Establish a good working relationship to help students feel welcome at the University.

Be open to exploring opportunities that will help clarify interests, strengths, and abilities.

Talk with students about their strengths, interests, and abilities.

Schedule appointments to meet with your advisor at least once a semester, and come prepared with questions.

Assist students with exploring areas of study and interpreting degree requirements.

Prepare for advising appointments by reviewing course offerings and requirements.

Help students learn policies and procedures necessary to navigate the University.

Review degree requirements and monitor your academic progress

Teach students how to gather information and make academically sound decisions.

Check your Purdue e-mail account regularly and respond when necessary.

Explain curriculum requirements.

Be knowledgeable of Purdue policies and procedures.

Provide a safe environment in which to share questions, aspirations, concerns, and interests.

Discuss academic options such as summer courses, study abroad, honors, and internships.

Assist with goal setting, long and short term.

Develop short and long term educational and career goals.

Assist with academic issues and personal concerns.

Familiarize yourself with campus resources and services.

Inform students of responsibilities in the advising process.

Inform your advisor of any academic difficulties, program or career changes.

Be knowledgeable about the program and standards for which he/she advises.

Seek help before a situation becomes a crisis.

Discuss student’s academic performance and implications.

Know your advisor’s office hours.

Empower students to advocate for themselves.

Research internships, study abroad, and experiential opportunities in a timely fashion.

Help students plan a course of study and give advice about courses.

The college experience is much different than you've had in high school. Accept the fact that you may struggle in some classes; this is to be expected.  Take advantage of office hours and extra help sessions. Get a tutor - that's what they are there for.  Take advantage of these extra opportunities before a situation becomes a crisis.

Inform students of the prerequisites for subsequent courses in their program.

Establish, post, and maintain adequate office hours throughout the semester.

Participate in advisor training sessions to keep informed and current.

Provide resources for career exploration.