Advising

Academic advising is essential to student success at Purdue University. The central goal for the academic advising relationship is to assist students in the purposeful creation of an educational plan that includes curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular goals, objectives, and activities.

Role of an Academic Advisor

Academic advising is more than a course selection/registration task. Academic advising is an essential component of each student's academic experience. Some of the specific responsibilities of academic advisors include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting students with identifying academic goals that are consistent with their capabilities, interests and educational background
  • Helping students define and develop their educational plans
  • Clarifying academic policies, regulations, program requirements, procedures and other pertinent information
  • Informing students of their roles and responsibilities
  • Being knowledgeable about campus and community resources, and how to appropriately refer students to these resources
  • Supporting academic success, and assisting students with their monitoring of their progress toward achieving their goals

What Students Should Expect of their Academic Advisor

Students have a right to expect their advisor to:

  • Be knowledgeable about program requirements, curriculum, and professional/career opportunities within their field
  • Be knowledgeable about best practices to ensure academic success
  • Seek out information that they may not know or refer students accordingly to the appropriate resources

What an Academic Advisor Expects of each Student

Students have a responsibility to:

  • Read and understand all University policies and procedures
  • Consult with advisors regularly regarding courses, academic successes, challenges, and difficulties, career exploration and career development
  • Maintain scheduled appointments, and be prepared for appointments with appropriate documentation and materials
  • Utilize the tools provided by the university to monitor progress towards degree completion and document course plans for subsequent semesters.

When to See an Academic Advisor

Each student is responsible for ensuring that their academic advisor is well informed about their successes and challenges at Purdue. It is crucial for students to share essential information about their interests, goals, challenges, academic progress and future career plans so that their academic advisor can assist them in the best possible manner. All students are required to meet with their academic advisor prior to each registration period. However, it is also important for students to contact their academic advisor whenever they are facing a challenge that affects their success; to discuss student involvement, internships, career preparation; and/or to apprise their academic advisor of their successes and progress toward their educational goals.

How to Meet with Your Academic Advisor

Academic Advising meetings will be held face-to-face and virtually (by phone, ZOOM, etc.). In most cases, students will have a choice of whether to meet in-person or virtually. Please understand, however, that for various reasons, some advisors may be required to meet remotely with students. Also, there may be specific times when advisors may want to meet with students face-to-face. Students, guests, visitors, etc, and Academic Advisors will be required to wear a mask during in-person meetings. Your patience and flexibility is appreciated.

Students are required to schedule an appointment with their Academic Advisor prior to registration for each semester. Students are strongly encouraged to schedule additional appointments with their Academic Advisors on a regular basis.

Making Appointments: 

You will be able to make appointments using:

  • Phone
    • Call (765) 494-8533 during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8-5 PM (West Lafayettte, IN Time/ Eastern Time Zone). If you get voicemail, please leave your phone number and we will return your call.
  • BoilerConnect
    • Depending on Academic Advisor availability and/or the nature of the appointment, you may have the option to select in-person or virtual meetings when you make your appointment.
    • To use the BoilerConnect appointment scheduler, you can download the instructions for future reference.

IF YOU ARE ON CAMPUS AND NEED TO SPEAK WITH AN ADVISOR:

  • You can call (765) 494-8533
  • You can make an appointment in BoilerConnect (don't forget to indicate your preference - phone, Zoom, ect)
  • You can email your advisor
  • You can go to Matthews Hall (MTHW) 117 for assistance

WHEN VISITING AN ADVISING OFFICE [PROTECT MYSELF | PROTECT OTHERS | PROTECT PURDUE]: PLEASE WEAR A MASK AND PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING.You are expected to be wearing a face mask at all times.

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