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Undergraduate Advising: Guide to Academic Success

Advising Year By Year 

In our journey together there are some specific benchmarks you can keep in mind. Incorporate these topics into your conversation with me if you aren't sure what to talk about: 

During your first (freshman) year you will be able to:

  • Meet with your advisor for your mandatory meeting (during the 4th week of classes)
  • Identify your intended graduation date
  • Discuss options for getting involved on campus
  • Track your progress on the General Education requirements
  • Identify whether or not you want to study abroad and plan your schedule accordingly
  • Determine whether you want to self-nominate into the Honors program 

During your second (sophomore) year you will be able to:

  • Identify where want to study abroad and for how long
  • Identify whether or not you want to apply to the BA/MA program at the end of your junior year
  • Identify majors, minors, or certificates you want to add to your academic plan
  • Complete an academic plan for your remaining time at AU
  • Identify national scholarships you may want to apply for to fund your graduate work

During your third (junior) year you will be able to:

  • Make an appointment with your advisor to declare your major
  • Determine whether or not you intend to apply to graduate study during your senior year
  • Identify professors to write you recommendations for jobs and/or graduate study
  • Identify and develop a professional network to assist you in your job search

During your fourth (senior) year you will be able to:

  • Meet with your advisor to review your DARS
  • Identify whether or not you want to do an internship for credit
  • Apply for graduation (through your my.american.edu portal)
  • Conduct a job search plan and/or complete a graduate school application

Student and Advisor Responsibilities

In order for our relationship to work well, I expect that you will:
  • Be on time for your scheduled meetings with me (If you are more than 10 minutes late for a scheduled appointment you may have to reschedule)
  • Turn off your cell phone during our meetings
  • Check in with our administrative assistant in the advising office when you arrive for your appointment or walk in
  • Maintain notes on your degree progress and bring your notes and any forms you need me to sign with you to our meetings
  • Come in with a tentative schedule if you want to talk about registration
  • Be prepared to tell me why you selected the classes in your current or intended schedule
  • Bring paper and pencil to our meetings and take notes on what we discuss
  • Write to me from your AU email address and check that address for messages from me
  • Cancel your advising meeting at least two days in advance if you know you cannot make it so that another student can take that time slot

In return you can expect that I will:

  • Be on time for my appointments with you
  • Give you my undivided attention when you are with me
  • Provide you with accurate information about university policies
  • Refer you to other campus offices in your question is outside my area of expertise
  • Respond to emails received during business hours within 48 hours