What does my academic advisor do for me?
Your academic advisor is a partner in your academic journey as you move through and graduate from Texas A&M University. Your academic advisor is a reliable sources of information about your major, one who can help you explore your interests, consider alternative majors, select courses, develop your degree plan, and meet your degree requirements. Academic advisors can connect you with academic and personal support programs, co-curricular opportunities, and career options.
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.
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.