Preparing for Your First Advising Meeting

Gathering your information

In order to have the best possible advising experience, you need to be fully prepared and engaged. You should create a tentative course schedule to discuss with your advisor before every advising meeting. To create this schedule, you’ll need to become familiar with these resources:

Be sure to bring a copy of your tentative schedule and your degree audit with you to your advising appointment.

Engaging in the advising experience

Academic advising is a chance for you to make a connection with someone in your department, and to have your questions answered. Every student has questions, but sometimes it’s hard to figure out which ones to ask. It’s always a good idea to bring a list of questions with you to an advising meeting. Here some examples to get you thinking:
  • How many credits per semester are recommended within my degree?
  • What are Core Requirements and how do they apply to my degree?
  • If I am undecided about my major interest area, how can I plan my course selections to explore my opportunities?
  • What can I do if I am wait-listed for a course that I absolutely need for that semester?
  • Are there any predictor courses or course grade requirements that I should know about in my degree requirements?
  • Are there any courses in my curriculum that are only offered every other semester and/or year, and how can I best plan my curriculum to account for these courses?
  • Which courses must be taken in a particular sequence, and which courses can be taken any semester?
  • How often should I schedule advising appointments? Who should I call to schedule? What are your office hours?
  • Where can I get help if I experience difficulty in any of my classes?
  • Are there any Department, College, or other clubs/organizations that you would recommend I consider joining?
  • How can I best begin exploring the internship, research, and summer employment opportunities related to my field?
  • What resources are available within the Department, College, or UI that can help me explore my career opportunities?
  • Can my degree program accommodate an academic minor, and if so, what areas might I consider?

Deciphering the online class schedule can be a challenge. Use your mouse to roll over the red highlighted areas below to view explanations about various sections. View the Class Schedule Glossary for more details (located near the bottom of the page).