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Academic Advising Services

What is an Academic Advisor? How can an Advisor help me?

StudentsYour academic advisor is a faculty or staff member within your major department, or an academic advisor in the Academic Advising and Achievement Center, who will help you to plan each semester's coursework, as well as to develop a plan for your entire college degree. The relationship with your academic advisor is one of the most important connections you will make during your time at Dominican.

You can do your part to make it a productive relationship by referring to the university catalog to learn about your GE and major requirements, by keeping your appointment (or extending the courtesy of a call to reschedule if you can’t make it), and by preparing a tentative schedule to bring to your advising appointment.

In return, you can expect your advisor to be reasonably available to you by phone, e-mail, or appointment; to be knowledgeable about institutional and major requirements; to make referrals to other services and offices as appropriate; and to have a genuine interest in you as an individual.

Who is my Academic Advisor?
To find out who your academic advisor is, click here, for the complete advisor list. 

How often will I be meeting with my Advisor?

That's up to you. Most students meet at least once each term with their academic advisor to discuss course selection prior to registration for the next term. Scheduling this meeting in time to participate in Priority Registration will maximize your course selection options. But it is wise to meet with your advisor whenever you have concerns about your academic progress.


Will my Advisor contact me to make appointments, or is that up to me?

Many advisors reach out to students with information about how and when to meet with them, but in general, it is your responsibility to contact an advisor to set up an appointment.

 

What can I do to prepare myself for an Advising Appointment?

Consult the university catalog for degree requirements, review the upcoming schedule of classes, and come prepared with a tentative plan of what you want and need to take next term.

 

Under what circumstances should I get in touch with my Advisor?

When you want to make a change in your semester schedule or degree plan, check in with your advisor first—you want to stay on track for graduation, right? It is also a good idea to contact your advisor right away if you become aware of any problems or issues affecting your academic performance. Your advisor can help identify options to address the situation.

 

Thinking of changing your Major or declaring your Declared Major?

To change your major it is wise to first consult with your current academic advisor as well as the advisor for the new program; however, you can also meet with the Undeclared Advisor, Christina Mayes, for additional guidance and support. Current Undeclared Majors can also meet with Mrs. Mayes or the new advisor for selected program. You may also choose to simply change to be Undeclared while you are exploring possible programs.

To complete the process of a change of Major, Minor, or Concentration, you must complete the Declaration of Major-Minor Form and submit to the Office of the Registrar.

 

What if I'm an Adult Degree Completion Program student?

If you are an adult considering the Adult Degree Completion Program, we encourage you to meet with an academic advisor. The optimum time to arrange this is when you have unofficial transcripts to provide to Admissions, or your official transcripts have arrived directly from your previous colleges. The advisor will prepare, without fee or obligation, a Preliminary Degree Plan. Reviewing this plan with your advisor will give you a good idea how your previous coursework will count toward your degree and offer options for completing the remaining requirements.

When you have been admitted to the Adult Degree Completion Program, your advisor will help you select your first term courses and provide the information and guidance you need to get a comfortable start in your degree completion program. In your second term, you will begin working with a faculty advisor in the department of your intended major. Before each new term, you will have the opportunity to meet with your advisor to review your progress and select the courses and experiential learning that will advance your degree plan.


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