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What services are available to me in the Academic Advising Center?

As a one-stop shop, the Academic Advising Center will allow you to quickly meet with a professional academic advisor who can help identify, explore and navigate academic alternatives and discuss the consequences of your academic decisions. Professional advisors can review your degree evaluation with you and explore your academic goals.

Assistance with time management and study skills and strategies is also available through the Academic Advising Center.

Professional academic advisors can also provide you with referrals to appropriate support services and offices on campus so that your questions and concerns are addressed in the best way possible.

What are the differences between a professional academic advisor and a faculty advisor?

Faculty Advisors
Every Ithaca College student is assigned to a faculty advisor. Faculty advisors are expert in their academic discipline, having taught, researched and published in their field. Faculty advisors are knowledgeable about specific courses in their divisions, and in the educational and career opportunities in their area of concentration.

You will meet with their faculty advisor to discuss requirements for your major and to select courses.Your faculty advisor can also be an excellent resources for internships and networking. They can also help you evaluate how well your skills and abilities fit with the field and your goals.

Professional Academic Advisors
Ithaca College has professional academic advisors who are not assigned to specific students. They are available to meet with you (regardless of your major) if you want additional assistance in figuring out degree requirements or have questions about academic planning. Academic advisors do not replace your faculty advisor; they work closely with faculty and deans in your program area to enhance the advisement process.

Professional academic advisors can help you connect with people and offices across campus to get the information you need to succeed at Ithaca College. You can also meet with a professional academic advisor to discuss how to improve your time management or learning skills.

All professional academic advisors have had extensive higher education experience and have graduate degrees in related fields. Professional academic advisors are members of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and follow its guidelines for advising. Advisors also adhere to the advising standards endorsed by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS).

How do I know who my faculty advisor is?

The Dean's office of each school assigns every Ithaca College student a faculty advisor. The advisor who you are assigned in summer orientation as an incoming student, MAY be different than your permanent faculty advisor.

You will have a faculty advisor for your major and for any minors that you declare.

To find out the name of your faculty advisor follow these steps:

  • Go to apps.ithaca.edu
  • Select HOMERCONNECT
  • Log in with your Netpass Username and Password
  • The name of your Primary Advisor is listed as Primary/Major 1 Advisor
  • To find your advisor's office and other contact information, search for your advisor's name in the Ithaca College Directory https://www.ithaca.edu/directories

Professional academic advisors are available to work with you in addition to your faculty advisor.

Should I make an appointment with the Academic Advising Center or use Drop-In hours?

If you know ahead of time that you would like to talk with a professional academic advisor, then you are encouraged to make an appointment by calling 607-274-1001. Appointments are generally 30 minutes in length. Making an appointment allows you to request a specific advisor if this is something you want to do.

If you have a question “on the fly” and need to talk with someone right away, then definitely use the Advising Center’s drop-in hours. Drop-in's are shorter (about 10-15 minutes), but you will be able to get help when you need it. You will meet with whichever advisor is available at the time you drop-in.

If you are not sure whether the Academic Advising Center is the right place to go for answers to your questions, drop-in anyway. We will direct you to the best resource on campus – if it is not us.

How do I set up an appointment with a professional academic advisor?

The best way to make an appointment is to call the main number at 607-274-1001 or email advisingcenter@ithaca.edu.

How frequently can I meet with my advisor?

It can be helpful to introduce yourself to your faculty advisor at the start of the semester since you may be assigned to a different advisor than the one you met with during summer orientation. If you don’t meet with your advisor at the start of the semester, you should definitely meet with him or her before you have to register for the following semester’s courses.

Most faculty post office hours – times that they are in their office to meet with students. Sometimes faculty prefer that you email them to make an appointment so that they can be sure to be available for you. You can ask your faculty advisor about his or her preferences.

If you want to meet with a professional academic advisor in the Academic Advising Center you can use drop in hours. You can also make an appointment by calling 607-274-1001. Or you can use the general advising center email: advisingcenter@ithaca.edu.

There is not a limit on the number of times you can meet with a faculty advisor or an academic advisor. How often you meet will depend on the questions you have and what changes you might be considering in your academic plan. It is always better to ask questions than not to ask!

Do I keep the same faculty advisor until graduation?

It is certainly ideal to work with the same faculty advisor from your first year until your last. This helps you establish a mentoring relationship that can be useful as you plan for internships, jobs or graduate school. Whether this actually occurs depends on a number of factors.

For example, if you change majors or schools, you will be assigned to a new faculty advisor in that new major/school so that you can get the best information possible in that subject area. If your old faculty advisor has been helpful and you want to continue to talk with him or her, there are no restrictions on doing so.

Am I required to meet with my faculty advisor?

Your faculty advisor is a great resource and you are strongly encouraged to meet with her or him prior to registering for classes. Since your faculty advisor is also an excellent resource for information about your field of study, it is good to maintain a strong relationship and to meet with your faculty advisor at other times during the semester.

Whether or not you are required to meet with your faculty advisor before registering for classes varies by School.

Do I keep the same faculty advisor until graduation?

It is certainly ideal to work with the same faculty advisor from your first year until your last. This helps you establish a mentoring relationship that can be useful as you plan for internships, jobs or graduate school. Whether this actually occurs depends on a number of factors.

For example, if you change majors or schools, you will be assigned to a new faculty advisor in that new major/school so that you can get the best information possible in that subject area. If your old faculty advisor has been helpful and you want to continue to talk with him or her, there are no restrictions on doing so.

Where is the Academic Advising Center located?

The Academic Advising Center is housed in Rothschild Place (formerly the Administrative Annex) near to the Park School of Communications and the Campus Center parking lot.

Enter through the main entrance (where there is a ramp and a set of stairs). The reception area is through the second door on the right.

What do I do if I want to change my faculty advisor?

The exact procedure for changing your advisor varies by school. You can start by talking to one of the professional academic advisors who can discuss with you the reasons for wanting to work with a new faculty advisor. They can also share information on policies and procedures in your school relating to change of advisor. You are also strongly encouraged to talk with someone in the Dean's office for your school.

Do advisors know students on a more personal level or can I expect for them not to remember my name?

Your question of whether an advisor will know your first name is a great one! This really depends on the effort that you put in to getting to know them – utilizing office hours, meeting them more often than just to review course scheduling, etc. The more you invest in creating a relationship with your advisor, the better!

You are encouraged to visit with your faculty advisor every so often to ask questions about the major, your academic plans and career paths, etc. If for any reason you don’t feel connected to your advisor, you can request a change in advisor. This process is handled by the Dean’s office in the School in which your major is housed.

How can I change the schedule I created in Orientation?

Check the Office of the Registrar's website for important dates related to course registration.

To change your schedule, log into HomerConnect via the apps page.