Student Advising

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How can an Academic Advisor help me?

  • They can assist you with program planning by identifying options and opportunities to be academically successful and to complete your program of study.
  • Advisors can help identify barriers to your success, recommend strategies, and give referrals to other resources or special services.
  • They can educate you about university academic policies, procedures and requirements, and interpret and provide 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 are having difficulties, or if you can't answer these 10 questions.

How can I make the most of Academic Advising?

Be an active participant in the academic advising experience and take ownership for your course selections, academic decisions, and completion of graduation requirements.

Before Your Meeting
During Your Meeting
After Your Meeting

Prepare

One of the best parts of University is that you get to enroll in classes that interest you – therefore, you are strongly encouraged and expected to take the time to identify the courses that resonate with you as a student and prepare course options before seeing an Academic Advisor.

  1. Think about your goals:
    • What do you hope to accomplish in the future? 
    • Are there any designations you hope to pursue after graduation?
    • Do you plan to take more time to finish your degree so you can work or gain experience along the way?
  2. Review program requirements and resources:
    • Ensure you have paid your tuition in full so you can register for classes for the upcoming semester during your registration window.
    • Check your registration dates on the Bridge and other important dates and deadlines.
    • Go over your Program Planning Guide (PPG) or most recent Degree Evaluation Report to determine which courses you have completed and which ones you still require and bring an updated copy to your advising session.
    • Check the upcoming Timetable, or Courses section of the Calendar to determine prerequisites, corequisites and Liberal Education list designations for your course selection.
    • Consult the Academic Calendar.
    • You may elect to use a Registration Worksheet to assist in building your class schedule.
  3. Check out our FAQs to find answers to any question(s) and write down your remaining question(s).

Engage

During your advising consultation, your Academic Advisor will ensure your choices are appropriate for your degree program and will assist you with unforeseeable challenges that might arise.   Be sure to inform the Academic Advisor of critical information, gather knowledge to help you make decisions, and ask for clarification if you don't understand something.  Take notes on your session so you can refer back to them.

Act

After your advising session, be sure to consult any referred resources and follow up on any decisions or actions to be taken.

Academic Advising Syllabus

For more information, please refer to the Academic Advising Syllabus (PDF)