We're here to light the way
Reach out to our academic advisors for insight and assistance at any point while planning and completing your education at the University of Lethbridge.
How can an academic advisor help me?
An academic advisor can assist you with many parts of your academic journey including:
- program planning by identifying options and opportunities to be academically successful and to complete your program of study
- identifying barriers to your success, recommending strategies and giving referrals to other resources or special services
- educating about university academic policies, procedures and requirements and interpreting and providing rationales or advocacy when necessary
When should I seek help from an advisor?
We encourage you to contact an advisor at your campus advising office before you start your studies at the University of Lethbridge and then at least once during the academic year. You should also see an advisor if you have questions or difficulties, or if you can't answer these 10 questions:
- What is my faculty or school?
- What is my calendar year?
- What is my program?
- What is my major? minor? concentration?
- What is a Program Planning Guide (PPG) and where do I get one?
- What is a Lib Ed Requirement?
- What are prerequisites and corequisites and where can I find out what they are?
- Where do I find important dates and deadlines?
- What is my year standing?
- What are four ways to enhance my degree?
How can I make the most of academic advising?
One of the best parts of university is that you get to enroll in classes that interest you, so take the time to identify courses that resonate with you personally before seeing an advisor. You can also follow the steps below to ensure you're getting the most out of your sessions. It is your responsibility to take ownership of course selections, academic decisions and completion of graduation requirements, but academic advisors are here to help along the way.
- Write down your academic and career goals
- Review your program requirements and resources:
- Ensure your tuition is paid so you can register for the upcoming term
- Check your registration dates on the Bridge and check other important dates and deadlines
- Review your Program Planning Guide (PPG) and bring an updated copy to your advising session
- Check the upcoming timetable or course descriptions to determine prereqs, coreqs and liberal ed designations
- Consult the Academic Calendar for graduation requirements and limits
- You may elect to use a registration worksheet to assist in building your class schedule
- Write down the questions you need to ask the advisor
During your advising consultation, your academic advisor can confirm is your choices are appropriate for your degree program and assist with unforeseeable challenges that might arise. Be sure to inform the academic advisor of critical information, ask questions to help you make decisions and seek clarification if you don't understand something. Take notes on your session so you can refer back to them.
After your advising session, be sure to consult any referred resources and follow up on any decisions or actions to be taken.