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The Best Questions To Ask Your Academic Advisor

Last updated March 22, 2022

The Best Questions to Ask Your Academic Advisor - Get Schooled

Forming a close working relationship with your academic adviser is a great way to set yourself up for success in college. They can help you choose the right classes, succeed in challenging classes, and connect you to resources on campus. It's important to meet with your advisor often, but if you aren't sure what to say, here's a list of the best proactive actions to take and questions to ask!

Before you meet

Make an appointment ASAP

At many colleges, meeting with your academic advisor is required in order to register for and enroll in classes for the following quarter or semester. Be sure to meet with them as soon as possible to avoid the chance of being waitlisted to any classes you need for your major. 

Show up prepared

Like any meeting, showing up prepared for your appointment with your academic advisor is key. Before you meet with them, take the time to explore your school's class roster and pick out ones that align with your interests, goals, and most importantly: your major. Choose a few backup classes too, in case any of your top classes fill up quickly. This will help your advisor recommend other classes, approve your schedule, and allow you to register for classes with ease. Not only will being prepared for your meeting help it go much smoother (and maybe even faster), it'll also help you build a trusting relationship with your advisor - arguably one of the most important ones you'll have in college!

Questions to ask 

“Can you tell me about this major I’m interested in?”

Your advisor should have a working knowledge of many different programs offered at your school - take advantage of this wealth of expertise and pick their brain about the majors you're interested in.

“What classes do you think I should take? Are there any electives that past students have loved that I shouldn’t miss out on?”

Your advisor works with tons of students at your school. They'll likely have an understanding of what classes students have loved and valued in the past, and can give you tips on choosing electives and professors. 

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“What kind of careers have graduates of this major at my college gone into in the past?”

As you think about which major to pursue, it’s important to know what kinds of careers and job opportunities the degree you’re pursuing will get you. Your academic advisor should be able to provide information about what past alumni have gone on to do professionally after graduating.

"Are there any internships available for students pursuing this major at my school?"

Having an internship in college is a valuable way to prepare you to apply to jobs after you graduate. Internships provide hands-on work experience AND an opportunity to network and find a mentor.

“Can we conduct a degree audit?”

Conducting a degree audit with your advisor will help you know if you're on track to complete your major's required credits and receive your degree. It's important to stay on track to graduate and be aware of the progress you're making towards completion. Time is money, especially when you're paying college tuition! 

Have any more questions about how to work with your academic advisor? Text #Hello to 33-55-77 to speak with one of our college advisors! 

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