Academic Advising


Advising Mission Statement-Purpose

Academic Advising is an integral part of undergraduate education.  The goal of all academic advising is to assist students to take responsibility for developing meaningful educational plans compatible with their potential and with their career and life.  Advising is more than the imparting of specialized information; it includes helping students formulate important questions about the nature and direction of their education and helping them find answers to those questions.  Academic advisors will confer with students about course schedules and educational experiences, but students themselves are responsible for selecting the content of their academic program and making progress toward an academic degree.
As students progress through their academic program, their advising needs change.  Marian University provides a system of academic advisors to meet these ongoing and multifaceted needs.  Depending on their particular needs and interests, students may see a variety of individuals to help them through their academic careers.  Faculty/staff academic advisors are the key to understanding the nature of the academic program and how it can address student interest and goals.  Also, academic advisors maintain up-to-date information on academic policies and procedures and deadlines.  Support offices/services such as the Center for Academic Support & Excellence and the Learning and Writing Center (Math, Science, Reading and Writing Specialists) are excellent resources for helping refine academic interests and goals and for providing academic support.

SAFEZONE  Marian University academic advisors actively create an open, respectful, and supportive environment for all people.  We serve   students of every ability, age, color, disability, creed, ethnicity, familial status, gender, national origin, race, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.


Responsibilities of the Academic Advisor

  • Help students clarify their values, goals, and potential to better understand themselves. 
  • Provide accurate information about educational options; institutional requirements, policies, and procedures; and potential consequences of their choices. 
  • Help students plan educational programs and courses of study consistent with the requirements of their degree programs and their goals, interests, and abilities. 
  • Assist students in the continual monitoring and evaluation of their educational progress. 
  • Help students locate and integrate the many resources of the university to meet their unique educational needs and aspirations. 
  • Acquaint students with the values of a liberal arts university education. 
  • Assist students in developing decisions-making skills. 
  • Approve designated educational transactions. 
  • Maintain current academic advising records/folders/files. 
  • Keep regular office hours and contact advisees on a regular basis. 
  • Discuss academic performance and the implications for undergraduate programs, graduate programs, and professional programs the student desires to pursue. 
  • Assist students to explore interests, abilities, and goals that relate to their academic majors and careers. 
  • Develop a relationship that will help the student to become more independent and self-directed.

 Responsibilities of the Student

  • Accept responsibility for your decisions and choices and requirements of your academic program.
  • Maintain regular contact (appointment, email, etc.) with your academic advisor, and consult with him/her to handle: 1. questions and/or concerns relating to the academic program; 2. changes in your academic progress; 3. course selection; and academic and/or career goals.
  • Take initiative to contact and be prepared for academic advising sessions (for example; bring a list of questions or concerns and an updated academic plan/program sheet and  have a tentative schedule in mind), and be prepared to discuss.  Be mindful of the need to work with academic advisors during posted office hours or make other arrangements when necessary.
  • Become acquainted with all academic and non-academic resources and services available to you. Commit yourself to developing and using effective study habits, and contact your academic advisor if you encounter any academic problems and/or concerns.
  • Follow through when there are questions regarding grades, credits, etc. Ask questions! If you don’t understand a policy or procedure, ask questions until you do understand. 
  • Challenge and know yourself. Understand personal values, interests, and skills, so you can responsibly engage in the academic advising process toward your personal, educational, and career goals.
  • Complete, when asked, the survey on academic advising.
  • Read your Marian University email, and respond to all communications from your academic advisor or any other member of the Marian community.
  • Get involved on campus with: 1. your major’s student organization; 2. student senate; or 3. an activity that connects you with the Marian community.