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Keys to a Successful Advising Relationship

You will meet with an academic advisor at least once a semester regarding registration. Good Questions to Ask During Registration Appointment

  • How many credits should I be taking this semester?
  • Am on track to graduate in four years time?
  • Can you help me develop a well-balanced schedule both timewise, and according to my aptitudes?
  • What are the advantages of taking summer courses?
  • What if the courses you recommend are closed? Can you provide some alternatives?
  • If I forget to ask you something today, is it okay to email you if I can’t get another appointment before I register?

Although it’s not required, we urge you to meet with your advisor at least once beyond the typical bi-annual registration appointment regarding career planning issues. Consider asking advisors some or all of the questions on the list below:

  • What inspired you to study your discipline?
  • At what point did you know that you would pursue a career in your field?
  • What kind of research do you do?
  • Do you keep in touch with any former students? What have they done upon graduation?
  • What are your insights about career paths or opportunities within your fields?
  • What advice would you give someone interested in your field?
  • In what other careers I could utilize this degree outside of the obvious choices?
  • What skills and competencies should I focus on developing in and out of the classroom?
  • What kind of academic internships should I pursue? Are there any practicums or independent studies you would recommend?
  • What kind of research projects could I get involved in as an undergraduate?
  • What other recommendations would you make?

Take the time to prepare for your advising appointment by:

  • Becoming familiar with academic standards and practices
  • Reading about your major's course requirements, found on the web
  • Thinking about how you can customize your program to your own goals and interests
  • Planning early for exciting options like study abroad, national student exchange, full-time internships etc.

What if I just have a quick question and haven't made an appointment?

Check out our FAQ'S or come to "Walk-in Advising".  University College for Academic Success's "Walk-in Advising" is designed for students with quick questions, not for long term advising.  The following are  appropriate topics for "Walk-in Advising". This service is available daily from 9:00-11:30 am and 1:00-3:00pm in Room 108, Roosevelt Hall.

  • General Education Information
  • Registration Information
  • Adding/Dropping a course
  • Second Grade Option Information
  • Transfer Credit, Summer Courses, and Prior Approval Procedures
  • Internship or Study Abroad questions
  • Withdrawals/Leave of Absences
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Contact Information

Academic Advising
Roosevelt Hall
90 Lower College Road, Suite 12
Kingston, RI 02881

Phone: (401) 874-2993
Fax: (401) 874-5085



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