Expectations and Outcomes


Students can expect their Advisor to:

  • Explain college and major requirements.
  • Discuss students’ academic performance.
  • Assist students with major exploration and interpreting degree requirements.
  • Empower students to advocate for themselves.
  • Support students with academic issues and personal concerns.
  • Provide a safe, inclusive environment.
  • Provide detailed knowledge and guidance about the standards and program(s) they advise.
  • Help guide students through their plan of study and give advice about course requirements.
  • Inform students of the required prerequisites for subsequent courses in their program.
  • Assist with long- and short-term goal setting.
  • Talk with students about their strengths, interests, and abilities.
  • Establish a positive working relationship to help students feel welcome at Purdue.
  • Teach students how to analyze information and make well-informed decisions throughout their academic career.
  • Educate students on various policies and procedures necessary to navigate the University.
  • Inform students of their responsibilities in the advising process.
  • Refer students to additional campus resources or services as needed.

Advisors expect students to:

  • Know your advisor’s name, office location, and email address.
  • Inform your advisor if you have an interest in research internships, study abroad, and/or experiential learning so you can plan in a timely manner.
  • Check your Purdue email daily.
  • Be open to exploring new opportunities that may challenge you.
  • Develop realistic short- and long-term educational and career goals.
  • Familiarize yourself with the variety of campus resources and services.
  • Notify your advisor of any academic difficulties or changes in your program or career interests.
  • Meet with your advisor at least once a semester and come prepared with any questions you may have.
  • Prepare for advising appointments by researching course offerings and requirements.
  • Continuously review your degree requirements and monitor your academic progress.
  • Be informed of Purdue policies and procedures. Be proactive in your education; seek help at the first sign of concern!
  • Accept the fact that you may struggle in some classes; this is to be expected.
  • Work hard and remember to communicate with your advisor!


Academic Advising at Purdue will …

  • Assist students in assessing their interests and abilities, examining their educational goals, making decisions and developing short-term and long-term plans to meet their objectives.
    • Students will identify fields of study that are consistent with their interests, abilities and life goals.
  • Provide accurate and timely information about degree requirements and institutional policies, procedures, and courses so students can select appropriate courses and other educational experiences.
    • Students will develop and implement a meaningful educational plan.
  • Evaluate and monitor student academic progress and empower students to demonstrate self-direction and self-sufficiency in the achievement of their educational goals.
    • Students will know how to locate University policies and procedures regarding registration, academic standing and student conduct.
    • Students will identify and utilize resources independently to evaluate their progress toward degree completion.
  • Make students aware of and refer to educational and institutional resources and services (e.g., internship, study abroad, honors, service-learning, research opportunities, adaptive services, academic success center).
    • Students will know where and how to access appropriate support services to accommodate their unique needs.
Akridge Each student comes to Purdue with different experiences.  Learning about those experiences guides me in advising students to be successful in courses that compliment their major and enhance their personal life.
-T.R. Oneal