At American University, undergraduate academic advising is a collaborative and purposeful partnership between advisors, the AU community, and students. Approached from a holistic perspective, this process considers and respects students' diverse backgrounds, interests, and abilities. Academic advisors facilitate the identification and achievement of the student's educational and professional goals.
Our mission is to provide thorough and accurate academic advising to the students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, to assist them in the selection of a relevant, stimulating and challenging course of study and guide them toward choices that will make them better students and better citizens.
Undergraduate Academic Advising at American University models best practices for professionalism, collaboratively supports student development, and fosters an environment of student accountability and engagement.
For the first two weeks of every semester, we hold drop-in advising appointments. After the first two weeks, each advisor holds weekly drop-in hours and they are handled on a first come/first served basis. Drop-in advising only focuses on one issue and are limited to 15 minutes. Drop-in advising is appropriate for: