Academic Advising

academic advising

Handbook – How You and Your Advisor Should Work Together

Each student at Viterbo is assigned an advisor for both educational and career guidance. The advising process is designed to help students as they make important decisions related to their academic progress at the University. As new advisees, students should become familiar with both their advisor and the advising process. Below you will find some guidelines to follow throughout the year to make the advising process a successful part of your University experience.

Meet with Your Advisor:

  • To discuss any problems which affect academic performance.
  • To select courses for the upcoming semester.
  • To add or drop courses.
  • To register to take a course credit/no credit or audit.
  • To discuss academic progress.
  • To declare a major/minor or change a major.
  • To review a degree plan.
  • To discuss career considerations.

How to Meet with Your Advisor

  • Become familiar with your advisor's office hours/schedule.
  • Whenever possible, call to make an appointment instead of dropping by without one.
  • If it is necessary to drop by without an appointment, try to do so at a time when your advisor has posted office hours, and allow plenty of time in case you have to wait to see your advisor.
  • Because the first and last two weeks of each semester and registration time are the busiest for advisors, schedule longer conferences during the middle portion of the semester.
  • In order to change a major, add a major, declare a minor, change catalog, etc., secure the appropriate form from the Center for Student Success in Murphy Center, room 337.

What You and Your Advisor Should Do

  • You should contact and keep in touch with your advisor.
    Your advisor should post office hours.
  • You should make and keep appointments or call if it is necessary to change or cancel an appointment.
    Your advisor should keep appointments or call if it is necessary to change or cancel an appointment.
  • You should come with specific questions in mind.
    Your advisor should provide accurate and specific information.
  • You should come with necessary materials (pencil/pen, class schedule, process form, etc.)
    Your advisor should have resource material on hand.
  • You should ask about other sources of information.
    Your advisor should suggest other sources of information.
  • You should be open concerning school work, study habits, academic progress, etc.
    Your advisor should listen and help you solve problems.
  • You should build a schedule free of conflicts in time.
    Your advisor should check your schedule for appropriate selection of courses.
  • You should make decisions concerning careers, choice of majors, and selection of courses.
    Your advisor should suggest options concerning careers, choice of majors, and selection of courses.