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.
Are you a first year student? You will be hearing from the First-Year Advising Team in the coming weeks about next steps. Please make sure to activate your AU email account to receive the most up-to-date information.
Whether you are seeking information on how to make an appointment with an academic advisor, or how often you should meet with an advisor, select the questions below to find your answers .
If you are going to be a first-year freshman in Fall 2018, you will work with a First-Year Advisor. You will transition to the Kogod Advising Team after your freshman year.
All other students will work with a member for the Kogod Advising Team. Kogod uses a team advising model that is set up to assist our students in the most efficient, effective way possible.
In response to student requests to meet with the advisor of their choice and have a one business day turn around on emails, we utilize a team model made up of four professional Academic Advisors. With this model, you have the flexibility to meet with any advisor who is available or, if you choose, you can schedule an appointment with a specific advisor.
Academic advisors help students to plan a course of study that is appropriate to their academic background and intellectual ability, and is consistent with your education and career goals. Academic advisors provide clarification on degree requirements, process transfer and AP credits, provide information on academic resources and certify the completion of graduation requirements.
All students have access to academic advising and are encouraged to meet with their advisor during their academic career. Any student that has questions about their academic requirements or progress, as well as those who are experiencing academic distress should speak with their advisor.
The Academic Advising team has offices on the first floor of the Kogod Building. Check-in at the front desk when arriving for an appointment.
Students are encouraged to use the advising department as often as needed. All freshman and new transfer students will meet with their advisor during First Year Advanced Training in their first semester. Students who are on academic probation or those that are experiencing academic difficulty are required to meet with their advisors more frequently as determined during the advising session.
You can schedule a 30 minute appointment online or take advantage of posted drop-in hours. Each drop-in session is 10 minutes. Stop by KSB 106 to inquire about available advising drop-in hours.
Academic advising is a shared responsibility between the advisor and the student. We recommend that you stay in regular contact with your advisor, especially when you are feeling challenged. Your advisor will work with you to ensure that all courses of action can be considered for a more favorable outcome. He or she also can direct you to other helpful resources on campus.
All official documentation (enrollment or degree verification, transcripts) for AU is provided through AU Central. Please visit this page for more information:
Below are answers to FAQs that we've received from new students and transfer students.
Yes! Every student admitted to AU must take the math placement exam, even if the student plans to transfer math credits to AU. This exam will determine which level of math you can take. The math placement exam is given online and you will receive a link for the test once you have paid your deposit.
Students entering in Fall 2018 or later:
Business Statistics is required for all majors within the Kogod School of Business. The Bachelor of Science in Finance (BSF) has an additional requirement of Applied Calculus or Calculus I.
Students who entered prior to Fall 2018: Business Statistics and Applied Calculus (or Calculus I) are required for all majors within the Kogod School of Business.
Yes. New students must attend orientation where they will meet with an academic advisors, make any schedule changes, and become familiar with campus. If you cannot attend the orientation, please contact a member of the Kogod Academic Advising Team. Register for orientation.
Below find answers for questions about Academic Probation and Dismissal.
Academic Probation is a when a student's cumulative, or overall, GPA falls below a 2.0. Students can have a maximum of two semesters on Academic Probation, but this is dependent upon their semester GPA at the end of their first semester on Academic Probation. Students have access to all of the same academic resources while on probation, but students will want to contact specific clubs/student organizations if they have concerns about their membership while on Academic Probation. More information can be found here.
The following resources are helpful to all students, but are highly encouraged for students on Academic Probation to utilize:
- Academic Support and Access Center
- Kogod Center for Business Communications
- Kogod Undergraduate Advising
- Counseling Center
- Dean of Students
- The specific conditions of Academic Probation may vary depending on whether the student is on their first or second semester of probation. If a student is on Academic Probation for the first time, they will be required to earn a minimum semester GPA of 2.33 in order to earn a second semester of probation. If a student is on Academic Probation for a second time, they will be required to earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in order to avoid Academic Dismissal.
- Other Academic Probation conditions are:
- Students may enroll in a maximum of four (4) courses for the semester on probation.
- Students may not enroll in business courses. If a student only has business courses remaining, they are encouraged to speak to an Undergraduate Advisor to discuss an appropriate schedule.
- Students may not have any failing or incomplete grades.
- Students must meet twice a semester with the probation advisor listed on their probation letter.
- Students must meet twice a semester with their faculty to discuss their performance and progress.
- Students must attend an academic workshop facilitated by the Academic Support and Access Center or the Kogod School of Business Undergraduate Programs team.
If a student fails to meet the conditions of their first or second semester on probation, they will face Academic Dismissal. This means that they will no longer be able to take courses at the University, but could reapply to the University no sooner than a calendar year from the time of dismissal. More information can be found here.
The Registrar’s office will contact you with an official letter stating that you are on probation or that you are being dismissed. A member of our team will contact you with additional information, such as recommendations for changing your schedule if on probation, or the dismissal appeals process if appropriate.