Preparing for your Advising Appointment

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Preparing to meet with your Advisor

Before you meet with your advisor, please review the following:

  • Have a clear understanding of the purpose for your advising appointment.

  • If you are a new student, bring ACT or COMPASS test scores to your appointment. 

  • If you are a transfer student, bring a copy of your transcripts to your appointment.

  • Think about and write down your specific questions ahead of time.

  • Be prepared to discuss your academic goals.

  • Arrive on time or early.  If you are going to be 15 minutes late, please call to reschedule your appointment.  If you need to cancel, please call before your scheduled appointment. 

Sample questions to ask during your advising appointment:


How do I

  • Choose, declare or change my major?

  • Calculate/raise my GPA?

  • Determine the number of credits I should take each semester?

  • Know when I have fulfilled the requirements to graduate?

Where do I

  • Go for tutoring?

  • Go for testing services?

  • Find course transfer equivalencies?

What is

  • The difference between a “go to work” degree and a “transfer” degree?

  • The difference between the curriculum guides and course equivalencies guides? And which one should I use?

Who can

  • Help me identify my career interests?

  • Help me with my study skills, time management, goal setting and test taking methods?

  • I talk to if I have a learning disability?

  • Make sure I'm taking the right courses?

  • Assist me with my writing?