Academic advisors and department/faculty advisors serve the vital function of supporting each student's intellectual growth and academic achievement. Advisors assist students in transitioning to their new learning environment, guide students as they plan and execute an academic program of study, offer counsel while students choose courses consistent with their program, and discuss with students their options for life after graduation. All Undergraduate students should seek academic advising each semester. The Center for Advising and Student Transitions (CAST) serves as a general advising resource for all freshmen, undeclared sophomores, declared students seeking to explore new majors, and all military & veteran students. Declared students in their first year of study will have both a departmental advisor and a CAST advisor. A student’s departmental advisor, be they faculty or professional staff, is the student’s primary point of contact. A first year declared student’s CAST advisor will serve as secondary support to the student and departmental advisor. Students admitted into special programs, such as the Equal Opportunity Fund Program, the Health Careers Program, the Honors Program, and Veterans and Military Resources are also assigned advisors within their specific area.
Ultimately, undergraduate students are responsible for the proper completion of their academic programs. However, your role as advisor is to assist your advisees by answering general questions and by guiding them through their academic program to graduation. What follows is information to assist you in your advising appointments.
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