Advising

Faculty Advisors

Faculty advisors provide mentorship and guidance as you navigate academic program and career preparation. For first-year students, your advisor is your World of Business professor. You'll have lots of contact with them. After your first year, and when you've declared a major or concentration, you are assigned an advisor in your discipline who has subject matter expertise, industry knowledge, and relevant alumni connections. You will have a faculty advisor for every major/concentration/minor you declare. Your advisor is noted in DegreeWorks.

Student Services Desk
The Student Services Team is located in the dean's suite on the third floor of the School of Business. Open for walk-in assistance 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Get help with schedule planning, course registration, add/drop, degree audits, and completing and submitting forms. If you don't know where to go, start here!

Academic Services Coordinator & Assistant Dean
The Academic Services Coordinator (Katy Hall) and the Assistant Dean (Dawn Kline) support the SST and faculty advisors and can help with all aspects of your academic planning. If you're having difficulty, or if your situation is complex, a meeting with them is a good place to start. Schedule an appointment at the SST Desk!

External Relations Director
In addition to connecting students to alumni and career opportunities, the External Relations Director (Trina Decker) oversees the requirements of the Professions Program, including Workshops, Career Connections, and BINT 10400 & 20400.

Advising Center
The Advising Center is located in Rothschild Place and is your resource for College-wide requirements, including the ICC and majors and minors outside the School of Business. They're also a great place to talk about setting goals and making decisions about your academic plans. 

Documents & Forms

Check out the Forms & Resource page for:

  • Curriculum guides
  • Professions Program applications
  • Internship/Independent Study/Scholarship applications

Advisor and Advisee Responsibilities

One of the best ways to get the most from academic advisement is to have a clear understanding of the responsibilities of both faculty advisor and advisee (i.e. you, the student). Below are some fundamental guidelines to use as you seek advisement assistance.

Advisee Responsibilities

  • Recognize that you are ultimately responsible for knowing and fulfilling all degree requirements. You are also responsible for being aware of and meeting academic deadlines and financial obligations.
  • Commit a reasonable amount of time with your academic advisor when planning and implementing your academic program. After your initial advisor meeting (the day before classes start), you must initiate contact with your advisor when you need assistance.
  • Initiate contact with your academic advisor to formulate, in consultation with the academic advisor, an academic program consistent with your interests and plans for the future. You are responsible for reading the Ithaca College Catalog and School of Business advisement materials.
  • Come to scheduled advisement meetings with the necessary materials -- advising folder, pen, suggestions for courses to be completed, and a plan for meeting graduation requirements.
  • Seek out your advisor or the assistant dean for assistance in negotiating difficulties or changes in academic program plans.
  • Follow through on referrals made by your advisor.
  • Arrive at appointments on time, and cancel/reschedule appointments if you find you cannot attend your original appointment.
  • Document conversations with advisor and maintain personal information.

Advisor Responsibilities

  • Commit a reasonable amount of time assisting the student in examining options and identifying College resources.
  • Work with each advisee to achieve an academic program consistent with the student's academic preparation, interests, and plans for the future (to the extent that the student is able to articulate his/her interests and plans).
  • Have a familiarity with and ability to articulate College and School of Business requirements, and their relationship to a liberal arts education and career planning.
  • Refer students to appropriate campus resources if the advisor cannot provide the necessary assistance (e.g. Counseling Center, Academic Support Services, Tutoring Services, Career Services, Residential Life, and Multicultural Affairs).
  • Schedule sufficient time in the office during critical advising periods such as preregistration and drop/add to assist with academic advisement problems of students. At other times, advisors are expected to be available by appointment and during regularly scheduled office hours to meet with students for academic advisement.
  • Assist student in completing necessary forms for course overrides, academic plans, substitutions/waivers, and other related documents.
  • Document conversations with student and maintain advisement record.

Understand that your adviser is advising a number of students with different needs, goals, and plans. Therefore, you are ultimately responsible for knowing the academic regulations and requirements that apply to your situation. Refer to the Ithaca College undergraduate catalog for this information and use Degree Works to monitor your progress toward completion of your degree.