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Academic Advising

What Is Academic Advising?

Academic advising is a developmental process in which students and academic advisors engage that focuses on helping students achieve their academic, personal and career goals. The activities during this process are neither clerical nor transactional. During this relationship students’ educational plans are developed, their potentials are realized and life/educational/career goals are clarified. While both students and advisors are responsible for actively participating in the academic advising process, students are responsible for making decisions about their educational and career plans.

Advising Benefits

The benefits to students and the University are numerous. National research on academic advising has shown that students who utilize the advising services on their campuses were more likely to be successful, graduate on time and have a greater sense of connection to their universities. The positive impact of academic advising extends to the University as well, since students are performing better, return to campus each semester and are more satisfied with their college experience.

Students in Majors

Students who have declared their majors are assigned faculty or departmental advisors in the School/Colleges in which their majors are housed. These academic advisors will help students learn more about their field of study, guide them through the requirements of their programs and help them to explore opportunities outside the classroom to further immerse themselves in the discipline.


Students who have not yet decided on a major participate in the Discovery program, working closely with a professional advisor in the Center for Advising and Student Transitions (CAST). Discovery students work closely with their CAST advisors to identify their values, interests and abilities while also guiding them to engage in other activities to help them explore the opportunities and programs of study that await them.

Other Academic Advising Programs

The University has a few programs to provide declared and undeclared students with support and academic advising. Students are admitted into these programs upon acceptance to Montclair State University.