There are two things to do before you meet with an advisor:
- All students should read chapter 3 and the chapter for their faculty and the relevant sections of chapter 9.
- If you know what subject in which you would like to major, you should speak with the department chair of that department.
Make an appointment with an Academic Advisor if:
- you have already met with the Chair of your department and still have questions or concerns regarding your program options;
- you have read the academic calendar and you still have questions;
- you are having academic difficulty and would like to discuss options.
What does an Academic Advisor do?
- Assists students with understanding the academic regulations and references in the academic calendar as it pertains to their degree;
- Assists with questions about declaring a major, advanced major, honours, etc;
- Discusses Letter of Permission options to take courses at another institution;
- Assists students who are having academic difficulty:
- Make recommendations as to how to be more successful, academically;
- Speak to the Dean of the student’s faculty regarding specific exceptions (ie: dropping a course after the drop deadline);
- Acts as a liaison between Deans and the student regarding various issues;
- Performs a degree audit to ensure degree compliance for graduation;
- Recommends the services of other offices on campus (ie: Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Student Career Centre, Health and Counseling, Writing Centre, Non-academic Advisors, etc).