Academic Advising and Student Success: Who Should See an Academic Advisor?
Everyone Should See an Academic Advisor
Academic Advising at SAIC is an ongoing process, not just a routine approval of classes. We encourage you to think of your advisor as your first stop whenever you have questions or concerns. Your advisor can help you identify your strengths and will challenge you to try new and unfamiliar media, and assist you with course selection, personal concerns, and questions about policies and procedures. With guidance from your advisor and faculty, you will be able to create your own educational path, tailoring your experiences in the classroom and the studio. Your advisor works closely with faculty to provide a supportive and enriching environment for you.
Your advisor can help you:
- Identify your strengths and challenge you to try new and unfamiliar media
- Select courses
- Work through personal concerns
- Answer questions about policies and procedures
First-year students are assigned an academic advisor connected to their Research Studio I course and integrated into the classroom experience. First-year students are required to meet with their Academic Advisor before registering for classes each term for their first two years at SAIC. All transfer students are assigned a faculty advisor they must meet with during their first two semesters at SAIC.
Advising is also required for:
- Students enrolled in English for International Students (EIS) classes
- Student enrolled in Academic Access Program (AAP) classes
- Students who have academic holds (e.g., probation or suspension)
- Students who are either taking a leave of absence or who are returning from a leave of absence or suspension
Even beyond your required meetings, connecting with an Academic Advisor at least once a semester throughout your career at SAIC is essential for all students and will help you get the most out of your academic and cocurricular activities.
You are encouraged to take full advantage of everything SAIC has to offer by continuing to meet with an academic advisor at least once every semester. Meeting with an academic advisor is especially important if you are verifying transfer credits, considering changing programs, having course concerns or personal issues, going through an academic or refund appeal process, or nearing graduation.
While academic advisers can help, it remains the student’s responsibility to know and to meet all academic requirements.