How to be a Great Advisee
- Check your GCU email regularly—minimum once per week.
- When the registrar sends out a general e-mail 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. Komagata, director of advising, at 732-987-2663.
- 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 Education 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, e-mail or call your advisor to apologize and reschedule.
- You should be making use of the Office of Career Services now. Students who use career services repeatedly are more likely to be employed when they graduate.
Registrar’s Resources page:
Self-Service guides and most of the forms you might need (including graduation application)
Career Services Office:
Office of Global Educational Programs:
Academic Development and Support Center (Also ADA accommodations):
Math Lounge Tutoring Center:
Academic advisors are full-time GCU faculty members who work with students to provide guidance during their time at GCU.
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.
Your academic advisor reviews your progress chart with you to help you understand your major requirements and your General Education requirements.
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. Komagata, director of advising, at email@example.com
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.
Yes! All students have academic advisors!
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!
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.
It’s best to have an appointment. Start by sending an e-mail to your advisor to introduce yourself and request an advising appointment. Here’s the GCU phone/e-mail directory.
Many professors are harder to find during summer and winter break—another good reason to make 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 lot of e-mails, 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.
Yes! That way, you will be ready to register as soon as you resolve the hold.
Yes! And you can also get career advice at the Office of Career Services.
Yes! Academic advisors can review GCU policies with you.
Yes! Academic advisors can help you create a graduation plan.
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.