My Advisor

Who is my advisor?

Your advisor is listed in Campus Connection. If no advisor is listed, please contact us.

What can I expect from my advisor?

From a good advisor, you should expect genuine concern for you and your well-being, accurate and timely information, assistance in the exploration of educational programs and plans, assistance with academic procedures such as schedule changes, declaration/change of major, course scheduling/dropping and adding classes, assistance if you are placed on academic probation/suspension, referrals when needed to other support services, confidentiality and reliability.

What will my advisor expect from me?

Students are responsible for knowing and understanding their degree requirements and DSU policies/procedures. If anything is unclear, students should ask questions. Students should also be honest with their advisor when they need assistance.

How do I change advisors?

Students are allowed to change advisors if necessary, however, some departments may only have one academic advisor per major. For departments that have opted in to Professional Advising (Business & Entrepreneurship, Fine & Performing Arts, Language & Lit, Social Science, pre-Teacher Ed, pre-Nursing), all first and second year students (60 hours or less) are assigned a Professional Advisor in the Advising Center.

Advising Appointment

Why should I meet with an advisor?

An advisor can help you locate resources to be successful at Dickinson State University. They can help you select a major that will be a good fit for you to achieve your career goals. An advisor can help you create a plan, or make changes to your schedule to keep you on track for graduation and reach your goals faster.

When do I need to meet with my advisor?

Typically you will meet with your advisor prior to the registration period to discuss the upcoming semester. You should also meet with your advisor any time you want to make changes to your schedule, change your major, need help with registration, or any questions or concerns you may have. Your advisor is your resource for success. Use their knowledge! They are there just for you!

Do I need to make an appointment?

The Advising Center welcomes walk-ins, but to make sure an advisor is available, we suggest scheduling an appointment.

How long should I plan for my advising session?

This varies between students, but most sessions are scheduled for 30 minutes.

How should I prepare for my advising appointment?

To make the most of your advising session, it is important for you to come to the appointment fully prepared. The following are some things you can do to prepare for your appointment.

CHECK FOR HOLDS! Login to your Campus Connection account and see if you have any holds. Some holds, such as your Financial Obligation Agreement (to be completed each semester), do prevent registration.

REVIEW COURSES REQUIRED FOR ACADEMIC PROGRAM! The Catalog is a useful tool for students to review courses required for their academic major/minor/concentration.

BRING A LIST OF PREFERRED COURSES! After reviewing program requirements, view the course offerings for the upcoming semester(s) in Campus Connection. Then, make a list of courses you would like to take. Advisors can assist with determining which courses would be most appropriate.

WRITE DOWN QUESTIONS! As you think of questions about your program, campus resources/services, registration, etc., write them down and bring them with you to your appointment. We can better assist you if we know what you need help with!

ARRIVE ON TIME! Coming late to an appointment or missing your appointment means another student could have used that time-slot to meet with an advisor. If you are unable to make the scheduled appointment, please call in advance to reschedule.

Other Questions

I have an advisor hold on my account. What does this mean?

This means you need to meet with an advisor before making changes to your schedule. The hold is placed on all new student accounts as well as all student accounts during registration.

My transfer course is not showing up on my Academic Requirements Report. What should I do?

Work with your advisor on filling out a substitution/waiver form to have the course reviewed by the respective department.

What is Academic Probation?

Students who do not maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 will be placed on probation and will remain probationary status until a 2.00 (or higher) cumulative GPA is achieved. Students placed on academic probation must schedule weekly meetings with an advisor for assistance in improving their academic performance.

What is Academic Suspension?

Students who have attempted at least 24 semester hours of credit and do not maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 1.6, may be suspended for a minimum of one term. Students receiving all F’s for a term may also be suspended. After being suspended, a student may submit a written appeal to the Provost/VP for Academic Affairs. After a student has successfully appealed, they must schedule weekly meetings with an advisor for assistance in improving their academic performance.

I need to appeal my financial aid. Do I need to meet with my advisor?

Yes. You will need to discuss your academic plans with your advisor and they will help you complete the appeal form. You should schedule an appointment with your advisor and come prepared with all necessary materials completed. Please allow ample time for your advisor to update your degree plan.

I would like to withdraw from the university. Do I need to meet with my advisor?

Yes. Your advisor can help walk you through the withdrawal process, determine if withdrawing is the appropriate move for your situation, and help you avoid unnecessary charges. If you would like to meet with someone other than your assigned advisor, you may meet with another advisor on campus.

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