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Academic Advising in ACES

Every student in ACES is assigned an academic advisor 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. They are great sources of advice about many things, and the thing is - they WANT to help you.

The ACES Advising Philosophy

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.

How can my advisor help me?

  • They can help you to choose classes. Your academic advisor is the best person to answer questions about which courses you should take. They have helped lots of students stay on track to graduate. They know the answers!
  • They can help you explore careers in your major. They know the field and they know where previous students have gotten jobs. They are also the most likely person in the department to still be in contact with those students.
  • They can help you to choose a minor and work it into your schedule.
  • They can sign forms. Look carefully. Some forms can be signed by your advisor, but some need to be signed by the Departmental Advising Coordinator.
  • They can help you to plan for graduate school options and make alternate plans, too.

Who is my advisor?

You can see your advisor's name at the top of your Degree Audit Report (DARS). Then you can search the Campus Directory to find their contact information.

Can I change my advisor?

Yes! Contact your Departmental Advising Coordinator to be assigned to a different advisor.  If you are not comfortable with your assigned academic advisor, you won’t be able to work effectively together. It’s important that you do this so that information copied to your advisor is sent to the correct person. You can also talk to an assistant dean in ACES Academic Programs, 128 Mumford Hall, about procedures for requesting a new advisor assignment.

What if I can’t get in touch with my advisor?

Each department has one or more Advising Coordinators, who can answer questions for you, if you can't get in touch with your advisor. 

When should I meet with my 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.

What is expected of me by my advisor and what can I expect from them?

Check out the ACES Advising Expectations to answer these questions.