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Advisor and Student Roles and Expectations

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 their 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 their academic progress

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

Check their 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 themselves with campus resources and services.

Inform students of responsibilities in the advising process.

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

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

Seek help before a situation becomes a crisis.

Discuss students' academic performance and implications.

Know their 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.

Accept the fact that they may struggle in some classes. Real learning is difficult and takes work. Using free tutoring, going to office hours, and attending extra help sessions can help students learn how and what to study.  

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.

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