Ohio University

Academic Advising Overview

Each college, school, and department has faculty and/or professional advisors who will listen to students and provide appropriate information about academic options, degree programs, and University resources. Academic advisors are interested in student learning and development and will help create educational plans consistent with academic, career, and personal goals. Advisors will also assist students in the preparation of an appropriate schedule each semester. However, advising is a collaborative process. It is the student’s responsibility to be prepared for advising appointments and to know and follow current procedures at the department, school, college, and university levels.


Student Responsibilities

  • Consult with your advisor at least once each semester.
  • Make appointments for advising via phone, email, or office hour sign-up sheets during mutually agreed-upon advising times.
  • Be prompt for your appointments.
  • If unable to make a scheduled appointment, notify the advisor in advance.
  • Discuss academic and career-related needs and seek additional help from appropriate sources as suggested by the advisor.
  • Be prepared for the advising appointment by bringing appropriate materials such as written questions, your DARS, and a prepared tentative schedule. Students should also check their catalog requirements and consult the course offerings for the upcoming semester.
  • Seek assistance in decision-making rather than expect the advisor to make decisions.
  • Follow through with the appropriate action after each advising session and consult with the advisor if critical decisions cannot be accomplished.
  • Evaluate advising sessions and give formal and informal feedback to the advisor.
  • Seek reassignment to another advisor if necessary.
  • Be aware of departmental major, college, and university-wide General Education requirements.
  • Understand how to read and use a DARS.

Advisor Responsibilities

  • Establish and adhere to reasonable weekly office hours, be available for advising appointments, and expand hours during registration.
  • Be sensitive to the needs of students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Understand the mechanics and deadlines of enrolling students, such as scheduling online, adding and dropping classes, closed-class options, and special enrollment forms.
  • Understand how to read a Degree Audit Report, commonly referred to as a DARS, and how to request DARS for exploring other majors and programs.
  • Understand university grading policies, including probation and academic dismissal.
  • Be familiar with the variety of university degree and program offerings, departmental and college requirements, as well as university-wide General Education requirements.
  • Assist students in exploring course and program offerings and career choices.
  • Know where to refer students with special needs or interests (e.g., the Academic Achievement Center, the Career and Leadership Development Center, International Student and Faculty Services, the Office of Student Accessibility Services, Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, Global Opportunities, Ombudsperson).
  • Help students plan a course of study based on aptitudes, life goals, career interests, academic performance, and the frequency and sequencing of course offerings.
  • Help students continually reassess their course of study in light of changing goals and overall academic performance.
  • Share information about opportunities in the major and intended career field (e.g. internships, practicums, volunteer, and service learning opportunities).
  • Refer students to the college office or the Office of the Registrar when appropriate.

Academic Advising Mission Statement

Ohio University recognizes academic advising to be a central element of the educational experience of its undergraduate students. Advising is a collaborative relationship for which advisors and students share responsibility, and through which students create sound educational plans consistent with their academic, career, and personal goals. Advisors are responsible for being accessible and responsive to students and for providing accurate, timely information. Students are responsible for being prepared for advising sessions and for understanding university and major requirements. Advisor/Advisee expectations are established by the University Academic Advising Council.