Academic advising is a collaborative process in which you (the student) and your advisor work together to set goals for your academic life. Advising appointments are a great opportunity to have someone listen to your concerns, celebrate your accomplishments, and answer your questions.

The advising process will go smoother when you know what your advisor expects of you and what you can expect from your advisor. By taking the time to prepare for your advising appointments, you will have a more rewarding experience!

Your Role as Advisee

  • Assume responsibility for your decisions and actions.
  • Know the requirements for your major(s) and minor(s)/concentration(s), and key academic deadlines.
  • Follow up on referrals, and keep the appointments you have scheduled (and reschedule them, if necessary).
  • Be prepared for your appointments: bring your degree evaluation from HomerConnect and any other materials that will provide information useful for your advising appointment.
  • Be honest and open: if you are unhappy about something in your academic advising experience, or if you are having a personal problem that is interfering with your studies, please share this information with your advisor.
  • Check your Ithaca College email account on a regular basis so that you are aware of important information from campus offices, faculty, and your advisors.
  • Be aware of your rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

 Your Advisor’s Role

  • Support you in exploring areas of study and corresponding career options, and in creating your educational plans.
  • Actively listen to your questions and concerns and provide information and support as needed, respecting your individual values and choices.
  • Assist you in understanding institutional policies and procedures, degree requirements, and the integrative core curriculum as they apply to your program of study.
  • Create a safe, positive environment in which you are free to explore ideas and interests regarding personal, academic, and career goals.
  • Guide you in the development of decision-making and self-evaluation skills.
  • Work with you to explore the role of co-curricular activities at Ithaca College.
  • Connect you with appropriate offices, faculty, and staff on campus to provide additional assistance as needed.