Academic Advising We Help You Succeed Right from the Start

First-Year Students

You will be assigned a mentor to provide guidance regarding your academic program and progress. Your mentor helps you with your major choice and career development process, and generally serves as a guide to personal and academic development during the first two semesters of attendance.

Declared Majors

Once you declare a major, you are assigned an advisor in your discipline.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are assigned an advisor in their discipline rather than a mentor.

What is my responsibility as an advisee?

  • You must have your mentor’s/advisor’s approval for registration and adding or dropping a course.
  • For all students enrolled in 100- and 200-level courses, you’ll need to get your Academic progress reports and mid-term grades from your mentors/advisors.
  • 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.

If you are unsure of who your mentor/advisor is, contact the Dean of Academic Support Services in FRH 121 at 217-228-5288.

If at any time you are unhappy with his or her mentor/advisor, you can request to be assigned to another person.