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  • Check your GCU email regularly – minimum once per week.
  • When the Registrar sends out a general email reminder about advising (October and March), contact your advisor to sign up RIGHT AWAY.
    • How to find your advisor: Contact your Department Chair or the Staff Assistant of your department.  If you have not yet declared a major, Contact Dr. Field at 732-987-2643, the Director of Advising.
    • If you’re on a hold (e.g., health hold, billing hold) and can’t register yet, MAKE THE APPOINTMENT ANYWAY! That way, you will be ready to register as soon as the hold is resolved.  You can’t register until you have seen an advisor.
  • Questions you should be ready to answer:
    • How is your semester is going? Are you having any problems?
    • Do you have a plan for after graduation?
  • Know your GCU GPA (once you have one)
  • Have an updated copy of your progress chart with you.
  • Know how many credits you have completed.
  • Develop a tentative schedule of courses for the next semester BEFORE the appointment.
  • Develop tentative plans (if needed) for winter or summer courses (you register for Fall and Winter at the same time and for Spring and Summer at the same time).
  • If you’re interested in study abroad, visit the Office of Global Educational Programs and talk about it with your advisor. It’s good to do this a year or more before you go abroad.
  • Don’t miss your appointment – but if you do, email or call your advisor to apologize and reschedule.
  • You should be making use of the Career Services Office now…Students who use Career Services repeatedly are more likely to be employed when they graduate.

Registrar’s Resources page: Self-Service Guides, Most of the forms you might need (including graduation application)
https://georgian.edu/academics/registrar/resources/

Career Services Office
https://georgian.edu/academics/career-services/

Office of Global Educational Programs
https://georgian.edu/academics/global-education/

Academic Development and Support Center (Also ADA accommodations)
https://georgian.edu/academics/adsc/

Writing Center
https://georgian.edu/writing-center/

Math Lounge Tutoring Center
https://georgian.edu/math-lounge/

Counseling Center
https://georgian.edu/counseling-center/

What is an Academic Advisor?

Academic Advisors are full-time GCU faculty members who work with students to provide guidance during their time at GCU.

Why do I need an Academic Advisor?

Graduation requirements can be complicated! Your advisor will help make sure you stay on track for graduation and will also help you get the best preparation for your future plans.

I’m not sure what my academic or graduation requirements are. Who can I talk to?

Your Academic Advisor reviews your progress chart with you to help you understand your major requirements and your General Education requirements.

How do I know who my Academic Advisor is?

If you have declared a major, contact your program/department chairperson or go to your department office.

If you have not declared a major, contact Dr. Field, the Director of Advising, at sfield@georgian.edu

I met a bunch of people when I applied to GCU. Was one of them my Academic Advisor?

It’s possible you met your advisor, but incoming students often get advised by other people (Admissions staff, the department chair, or a representative from the department faculty). So you may be assigned a different faculty member as an advisor.

I’m a transfer student. Do I have an Academic Advisor?

Yes! All students have Academic Advisors!

I want to change my major. Does my Academic Advisor do that?

Your Academic Advisor can help you fill out the paperwork, or you can go to the department chairperson of your new major. You will get a new Academic Advisor for the new major. Two majors? Two Academic Advisors!

How often do I see my Academic Advisor?

At least twice a year: once in the fall semester and once in the spring semester, usually during the advising period.

You can also meet any time with your advisor to discuss academic progress or career planning, or if you need help with anything.

How do I schedule an appointment with my advisor?

It’s best to have an appointment. Start by sending an email to your advisor to introduce yourself and request an advising appointment. Here’s the GCU phone/email directory.

Many professors are harder to find during summer and winter break…Another good reason to get your advising appointment early! Aim to have your appointment before finals start.

If you haven’t heard back in a couple of business days, try again – sometimes professors get a whole lot of emails, and they wouldn’t want you to get lost in the shuffle!

If you need help right away and can’t get through to your advisor, call your department office during business hours.

If none of the above worked (or if you have not declared a major), contact Dr. Field, the Director of Advising, or reach out to the other Advising Fellows.

I’m on a billing hold, so I can’t register for classes. Should I still go to see my Academic Advisor?

Yes! That way you will be ready to register as soon as you resolve the hold.

I’m thinking about what I’m going to do after GCU. Can my Academic Advisor help with these questions?

Yes! And you can also get career advice at Career Services.

I have questions about a GCU policy; can my Academic Advisor help?

Yes! Academic Advisors can review GCU policies with you.

I would like to graduate ASAP! Can my Academic Advisor help me with a graduation plan?

Yes! Academic Advisors can help you create a graduation plan.

How should I prepare for my academic advising session?

Look up your GPA, and get an updated copy of your progress chart.

Be ready to answer these questions: How’s your semester going? Do you need any help? Do you have plans for after graduation?

Develop a tentative plan for the next semester’s courses.

Here’s a guide for how to be a great advisee.