academics_advisingAll first-year students have an assigned mentor to provide guidance regarding their academic program and progress, help with their major choice and career development process, and generally serve as a guide to personal and academic development during the first two semesters of attendance. Once a student declares a major, they are assigned to an advisor in their discipline. Transfer students are assigned an advisor in their discipline rather than a mentor.

Students must have their mentor's/advisor's approval for registration and adding or dropping a course. Academic progress reports and mid-term grades are sent to mentors/advisors for all students enrolled in 100- and 200-level courses.

If a student is unsure of who his or her mentor/advisor is, the student may contact the Dean of Academic Support Services in FRH 121 at 217-228-5288. If at any time a student is unhappy with his or her mentor/advisor, the student can request to be assigned to another person.

What is my responsibility as an advisee?

  • Take responsibility for your academic career.  Use STEP (STrategic Education Plan) to begin gathering information to assist you and your advisor/mentor in your academic and career choices.
  • Maintain regular contact with your advisor/mentor.
  • Be prepared for appointments.  Be willing to discuss and review your academic choices and goals, study habits, and academic progress.
  • If you are confused or have a potential problem, set up a time to discuss these issues with your advisor as soon as possible.

What should I expect from my advisor/mentor?

  • Knowledge of college policies and procedures.
  • Help in establishing educational goals.
  • Assistance in scheduling courses to help you attain your goals.
  • Willingness to listen to problems or concerns and provide you with options.

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