Student Responsibilities in Advising

It is expected that students will take responsibility for their future by actively engaging in planning and decision making related to their education and career. Ultimately, each student is responsible for his/her academic achievement and success!

Specifically, it is expected that a student will:

  • Develop a relationship with his/her faculty adviser. Schedule regular meetings throughout the year to discuss education planning and career-related issues. Prepare for these meetings and be ready to take advantage of this mentoring relationship.
  • Give thoughtful consideration to his/her academic and career goals. With the help of the adviser, set immediate and longer-term goals for his/her education.
  • Become familiar with the Ursinus Course Catalog. Review and understand the College’s core requirements, policies, and procedures, as well as the requirements for specific program(s) of study that are of interest to the student.
  • Take the initiative to contact his/her adviser or other appropriate campus resources at any time if s/he has questions or concerns. Reach out for assistance at the first sign of difficulty or concern.
  • Be familiar with the academic calendar and important deadlines (e.g., add/drop period, last day to drop a class with a W, etc.).
  • Regularly read his/her Ursinus email. Promptly respond to emails from his/her adviser, professors, the first-year student coordinator, and other campus resources who are communicating with students.
  • Ask questions! If a student does not understand a policy or procedure, s/he is encouraged to ask questions until s/he does understand.
  • Accept responsibility for making final decisions on academic choices, goal, etc. Academic advisers will help to identify and discuss options; however, the decisions ultimately rest with the student.

The Student's Role in Advising in pdf form.
Also, the First Year Advising Handbook is a wealth of information on the process of choosing a major, classes, and any other advising questions one may have.