Carnegie Mellon Engineering




What is an Academic Advisor?

Your academic advisor is here to make sure that you are aware of every opportunity available to you. Advisors provide guidance for developing and achieving meaningful educational, professional, and personal goals.

Successful advising depends upon a shared understanding of, and commitment to, the advising process, by students, advisors, and the university. Academic advisors engage students in learning, promote students' academic success, and foster students' personal, ethical, and intellectual growth, all of which will carry into their roles as citizens, leaders, and lifelong learners. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies academic advisors.

Once students declare their majors (typically at the end of the first year), they are assigned to faculty advisors within that major. Nevertheless, students can still access the Dean's Office advisors throughout their academic careers for college-level issues (e.g., transfer credit and general education).

 

Advisor Responsibilities:

  • Being knowledgeable of, and communicating, the requirements of the academic program in which he/she advises
  • Monitoring students' progress toward degree completion
  • Being available to meet with students
  • Referring students to appropriate institutional resources
  • Proactively involving students in the academic and career planning process, self-reflection, and the exploration of options and resources
  • Engaging in activities to stay informed of issues that affect student success

 

Student (Advisee) Responsibilities:

  • Understanding the importance of their relationships with advisors
  • Seeking out advisors, contacts, university services, and information on a regular basis
  • Keeping their assigned advisor informed regarding academic issues and challenges
  • Scheduling, preparing for, and keeping advising appointments
  • Knowing and understanding the requirements of his/her individual degree programs
  • Taking final responsibility for making their own decisions according to the best information and advice available