Philosophy/Mission

What is Academic Advising?

The mission of academic advising in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences is to encourage undergraduates to explore opportunities and to excel as they identify and achieve meaningful academic and personal goals. Academic advisors foster a learning community that values intellectual curiosity, personal development, and practical experience.

You Can Expect Academic Advisors to:

  • Encourage and support your development of academic and personal goals
  • Encourage exploration of course offerings and engagement in research, internships, study abroad, and experiential learning
  • Serve as a resource as you learn degree requirements and university policies, procedures, and deadlines
  • Help you transition to independently using your decision-making skills and accepting responsibility for your overall educational and life goals
  • Be available for individual consultations
  • Meet with pre-major and undeclared advisees at least once per semester
  • Provide appropriate referrals to campus resources and services

Academic Advisors Expect You to:

  • Clarify and develop your interests, skills, values and goals through active participation in the university community
  • Come prepared to your advising meetings with questions or items to discuss
  • Learn about university degree requirements and resources
  • Understand and follow academic policies and procedures
  • Accept responsibility for meeting your academic and personal goals
  • Create an educational plan to explore your intellectual interests
  • Meet with your assigned advisor at least once per semester
  • Keep accurate records of academic progress toward degree requirements such as class schedules and add/drop activities, grade reports, advising notes, and degree checklists

You Will Learn:

  • Requirements for graduation including major, writing, distribution and credit requirements
  • To use campus resources and services, as needed, to be successful in reaching your academic and personal goals
  • How to make decisions and take responsibility for your success at the university
  • How to independently research opportunities to help you reach your academic and personal goals
  • The role of academic advising in the college experience