Every student in ACES is assigned an academic advisor in their major when they enroll in the college. This person is your best resource for information about academics and campus resources. If you don’t know who to ask, start with your advisor. The College of ACES also has Assistant Deans and staff that are great resources for you as well. The college level staff and department advisors often work together to help students navigate policies, procedures, and degree requirements. Bottom line, there are many great sources of advice about many things, and the thing is - we WANT to help you!
The advisor/student relationship is very important in your time as a student here at Illinois. If you are not comfortable with your assigned academic advisor, it can impact your ability to make progress in your degree. If you feel you can no longer work effectively with your assigned academic advisor, you can meet with an Assistant Dean in ACES Academic Programs, 128 Mumford Hall, to talk about the issues and make a plan moving forward.
Each department has one or more Advising Coordinators, who can answer questions for you, if you can't get in touch with your advisor.
You should meet with your advisor at least once per semester to check in on how you are doing and to plan courses for the next semester. Ideally, you should be staying in touch with them throughout the semester.
Check out the ACES Advising Expectations to answer these questions.
Our mission as academic advisors in the College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences is to empower each student to realize his or her potential. Through shared responsibility with our students, we foster the development of professional, self-sufficient, ethical citizens and exemplary leaders in local and global communities.