BEST Advising

Who, What, When, Where, & Why

Who: New students initially talk with an Academic Advisor (from Student Services) who discusses the admissions process – applications, transcripts, test results, program offerings, and more.

The Academic Advisor is different from the Assigned Faculty Advisor, an instructor who is usually assigned after a student enrolls for the first term and who guides the student through the chosen program. (If an Assigned Faculty Advisor is not available, the student may contact the program director.)

What: Faculty advising is the process of helping students with course selection and offering tips and recommendations for success, according to students’ goals and objectives. Advising in the fall covers the spring semester; advising in the spring covers the summer term and fall semester.

Students undecided about a major or in the process of being admitted will work with someone in Student Services. However, students researching specific careers may want to contact a faculty member or program director to learn more about program requirements.

When: Faculty advising sessions usually take place between two and four weeks before registration.  Registration dates are in early November, April, and June. The Registrar’s Office assigns registration priority dates based on the number of credit hours completed; the more hours, the earlier the registration date.  

Where: Faculty advising sessions can be scheduled in person during faculty office hours or by phone or email. Some program directors may prefer to advise student cohorts as a group, in class.

Why: Faculty advising is required by the BEST Division, and a hold is placed on registration until the advising takes place. Once it does, the Faculty Advisor removes the hold so that registration can proceed. Registration holds are posted each semester.

Your Academic Advisor may have warned against “overloading” your schedule or choosing courses out of sequence. It is extremely important to plan sufficient study time outside of class; the recommendation is one to three hours of outside study for each hour of class or lab.