University of Vermont

Undergraduate Academic Advising

What is Academic Advising?

Your academic advisor is a faculty member who helps you clarify and meet your educational and career goals. Your advisor won't tell you what to do but rather will encourage you to tap into various academic resources at UVM to ensure you are getting the most out of your years here.

Among other things, your advisor:

  • Ensures you are on track to finish your degree: advises you on taking the right classes, fulfilling requirements, following various policies and procedures.

  • Offers advice about which courses to take and ways to fulfill your academic plan.

  • Encourages you to develop an action plan for meeting your academic goals.

  • Pays attention to your grade-point average and academic performance and talks to you candidly about any need to improve in this area.

  • Listens to you and respects your decisions about your UVM education and career goals. You, not your advisor, are ultimately responsible for making decisions about what you want to do here and after college.

  • Refers you to various resources on campus, depending on your needs. Whether you need personal or career counseling, tutoring, or assistance with research in the libraries or life in the residence halls, your advisor is familiar with where you can turn to ensure you can deal with college life as smoothly as possible.

  • Connects interested students with honors options and opportunities for undergraduate research and scholarship.

Your academic advisor is not the only one at UVM who may play a role in helping you decide what you want to do after college. Staff members in Career Services, Residential Life, the Counseling Center, the ALANA Student Center, Office of International Education, and other areas are available to help you.

Last modified March 18 2009 10:44 AM