We believe that a great partnership can be formed between an advisor and student when each understands what is expected of them. Below are the advising expectations for advisors and students. 

Advisors expect students to: 

  • Be open to exploring opportunities that will help clarify interests, strengths and abilities.
  • Schedule appointments to meet with their advisor at least once a semester, and come prepared with questions.
  • Prepare for advising appointments by reviewing course offerings and requirements.
  • Review degree requirements and monitor academic progress.
  • Check their Purdue email account regularly and respond when necessary.
  • Be knowledgeable of Purdue policies and procedures.
  • Discuss academic options such as summer courses, study abroad, honors and internships.
  • Develop short- and long-term educational and career goals.
  • Familiarize themselves with campus resources and services.
  • Inform the advisor of any academic difficulties, or program or career changes.
  • Seek help before a situation becomes a crisis.
  • Know their advisor's office hours.
  • Research internships, study abroad and experiential opportunities in a timely fashion.
  • Understand the college experience is much different from high school. Accept the fact that they 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. 

Students can expect their advisor to: 

  • Establish a good working relationship to help them feel welcome at the University.
  • Talk with them about their strengths, interests and abilities.
  • Assist with exploring areas of study and interpreting degree requirements.
  • Help them learn policies and procedures necessary to navigate the University.
  • Teach them how to gather information and make academically sound decisions.
  • Explain curriculum requirements.
  • Provide a safe environment in which to share questions, aspirations, concerns and interests.
  • Assist with goal setting, both long- and short-term.
  • Assist with academic issues and personal concerns.
  • Inform them of responsibilities in the advising process.
  • Be knowledgeable about their program and standards.
  • Discuss academic performance and implications.
  • Empower them to advocate for themselves.
  • Help them plan a course of study and give advice about courses.
  • Inform them 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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