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What is Academic Advising?

Academic advising is a relationship with mutual responsibilities between an adviser and student advisee, for timely consultation, sharing of accurate and complete information, careful listening, critical evaluation, and respectful interchange. Academic advising can be facilitated by a professional staff person or a faculty member.

You need to go see your adviser within the first month of arriving on campus, again for registration preparation, and anytime that you have a question or problem. It is important to see your academic adviser for assistance with course selection, major information or exploration, career planning, graduation requirements, and campus resource information.

 All students are entitled to a quality advising system. The following factors are characteristic of such a system:

  • Accessibility to students;
  • An adequate amount of time spent in advising students;
  • Familiarity with the requirements of various University programs;
  • Ability to relate successfully to a wide variety of students;
  • Knowledge of resources available for the meeting of students’ needs;
  • Maintaining adequate records.

Adviser Role and Responsibilities

 The academic adviser’s responsibilities (whether faculty or staff) include the following:

  • Help students define and develop realistic educational and career goals.
  • Assist students in planning a program consistent with their abilities and interests.
  • Assist students in monitoring and evaluating their educational progress.
  • Discuss relationships between instruction program and career. Assist students in identifying career opportunities. This includes utilizing the Career Center.
  • Inform students of the nature of the adviser/student advisee relationship.
  • Interpret and provide rationale for instructional policies, procedures, and requirements.
  • Monitor all designated educational transactions, e.g., course selection, changes of major, graduation requirements, etc.
  • Maintain an advising record for each student.
  • Designate and post hours available for advising.

Advisee Role and Responsibilities

Students carry important responsibilities in the advising process. In the interest of successfully completing a degree program, a student must be proactive in finding the necessary resources needed for attaining a degree. In order to contribute to an effective advising relationship, students are expected to:
  • Schedule and attend advising sessions each semester prior to course registration. Advising sessions may be conducted via email or telephone, depending on the adviser or the advisee
  • Clarify personal values, abilities, interests, and goals.
  • Become knowledgeable of all graduation requirements and adhere to institutional policies, procedures, and deadlines.
  • Prepare for each advising session.
  • Follow through on actions identified during each advising session.
  • Responsibly evaluate his/her adviser in order to strengthen the quality of advisement.
  • Become familiar with the Career Center and other campus resources.


Supplemental or Additional Advisors

In addition to your assigned adviser, you may work with another adviser if you are interested in a professional program such as medicine, law, or veterinary medicine, or education. You will also have more than one adviser if you are completing a double major, minor, interdisciplinary studies program, or study abroad.

Advising Resources

In order for you to get the best from your academic advising experience, you are encouraged to utilize the many advising tools that are available. For instance you need to have a major check sheet which outlines all the graduation requirements for your major ( The Degree Audit Report (DARS) is a degree audit that shows you what graduation requirements you have completed and what requirements you still need to complete. This audit can be viewed any time via the web. All majors, minors, and interdisciplinary studies requirements will be displayed.
In the General Catalog, All-University Core Curriculum listing outlines the general education requirements for graduation ( Academic and Career Horizons information sheets describe the interests, skills, and career opportunities for each major. Additionally, the key adviser list provides a faculty contact for all majors in the University.
Along with tools for academic exploration, various resources are available for the career exploration and planning process. Information about working with a career counselor, learning about career resources, gathering information about internships, and preparing to get a job can be found on
Tools to assist you in your academic success at Colorado State include the GPA calculation on RAMweb, tutoring information, and campus resources such as the Learning Assistance Center and the Writing Center.