Academic Advising FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Advising

I have  hold.  How do I get it taken off?

Each year, Biology, Microbiology, Conservation Ecology, and Genetics Majors will be asked to go through our departmental advising process.   Until the process is complete a hold will be placed on your registration.   Upon completion of the advising process, we will be happy to lift your hold.  Please note, it may take up to 48 hours to have your hold removed even after you have completed the advising process.  Please plan ahead.

How do I get advised?

You must see an Advisor in the Biology Department.  Please see Dr. James, Amanda Vescovo, or an Advising Catalyst (AdCat) in FH 204.  We meet with students on a walk-in and appointment basis, and our hours are at the top of this page.  We will discuss your progress, your best schedule for next semester, your career goals, and will do our best to help you with any questions you may have.  You can expect your hold to be released within 24-48 hours.  Please note:  Advising takes on average 20-40 minutes per student.  Please do not wait to the last second!

How do I know if I need to be Advised?

Each semester the Success Center will notify majors of their need to be advised.  If you have a hold on your account, you probably need to be advised.

Do I need to make an appointment for advising?

We accept students on walk-in and appointment basis. During high traffic times such as right before registration, we will only see walk-in students for quick advising sessions.

But I already know what I need to take, do I still need to be advised?

Many times we have students come in proclaiming that they “know what they need.”  Indeed, sometimes this is the case.  However, many students come away tidbits of useful (and sometimes critical) information that they would not have know otherwise.  Advising is geared toward your success – we want to make sure you are on track to graduate,  and don’t have any surprises at the end!!

When does advising for the next semester begin?

Advising will begin 4-6 weeks prior to registration, and anytime you have questions or concerns!