Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need to communicate with my advisor?

Maintaining a healthy academic relationship with your advisor is key in becoming a successful and confident student. We are here to assist you when you need us. Although “The ultimate responsibility for understanding and completing degree and requirements lies with the student" (JSU Undergraduate Catalogue), your Advisor will help keep you on track and assist you if you have any questions or concerns.

Do I have to meet with my advisor?

Yes. You need to meet with your advisor so that he/she can give you guidance to complete your degree on schedule. During the meeting you will discuss your plan of study, and ask any questions you may have. Once your advisor has verified that the courses you will take will meet your major’s requirements, your “pin” will be removed and you will be able to register for courses.

How often do I need to meet with my academic advisor?

You will need to meet with your academic advisor before registration begins each semester. It is highly recommended that you not wait until registration begins, but rather make an appointment with your advisor 1-3 weeks before.

How do I make an appointment with my advisor?

Advisors have different approaches to advisement. Some do appointments through email. Others may have a sign-up sheet posted on their office door. Some have an advisement campaign set up through Navigate. Contact your advisor to see how he/she does advisement.

Do I need to take anything to the appointment?

Yes. You should always arrive to the appointment with your trial schedule completed. It is a good idea to write down and bring a list of questions you want to ask your advisor.