Academic Advising


Mission

Academic advising is a collaboration between a student and an academic advisor.  Through teaching and learning experiences, the student sets goals, acquires information and services, and makes decisions consistent with interests, goals, abilities and degree requirements.

Values

Academic advising at Texas A&M University is an important component of student learning, contributing to the success of all students through:
 
  • Supporting student achievement of the University Learning Outcomes and commitment to learning for a lifetime;
  • Being responsible to and respectful of the individual student;
  • Encouraging commitment to lifetime learning by directing students toward opportunities to interpret, reflect upon, and apply their classroom experiences in ways relevant to their careers and their lives;
  • Interpreting and conveying Texas A&M University’s mission to students;
  • Supporting the educational policies, procedures and values of the department, college and university;  likewise, academic advising relies on the support and resources of the university, college and department;
  • Involving other university programs, services and individuals, when appropriate in the advising process;
  • Being responsible for professional academic advising, training, development and practices.
     
How do I to find my academic advisor?
 
Academic advisors are located in academic departments and colleges. If you do not know your academic advisor, the best course of action is to contact the main department office for your major and ask. Or you can check the department’s web site (usually under a tab or menu called "Academic Advising"). University Advisors and Counselors (UAC), a professional organization at Texas A&M University, publishes a list of advisors on their web site at http://uac.tamu.edu/advising/find-an-advisor.
 
How should I prepare for a meeting with my academic advisor?
 
Consider academic advising another part of your educational experience at Texas A&M University. To get the most out of your meeting, prepare for it as you would a class. Some advisors provide students with directions for preparing for specific meetings, such as pre-registration advising. Others will expect students to come into the meeting with an understanding of their degree programs and the requirements that they have met so far. It's a good idea to make a list of the classes you have taken and check out the degree requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog for the year in which you started your degree plan.

It is not expected that you know all the answers, but it is expected that you will have thoughtful questions for your advisor regarding degree program tracks, career options, and professional interests. Remember, this is a collaboration. Your academic advisor is a resource and a partner in your degree program, but you are the one who ultimately makes academic decisions.