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With your acceptance letter to the University of Hartford, you should receive a list of contacts by school or college to whom you should go for a faculty advisor assignment. You should secure your advisor assignment and initiate contact with your advisor as soon as possible after admission. For more information about the roles and responsibilities of advisors and advisees (that's you), see below.
Who is your faculty advisor?
- Faculty advisors are assigned based on your area of interest. For example, if you are a psychology major, your advisor will be one of the faculty members in the department of psychology.
- Faculty advisors receive special training so that they are well prepared to help students make thoughtful decisions about their academic choices and to help students remain on track in meeting their graduation requirements.
- You can request a change of advisor from the department chair if you find that you are having trouble connecting with your advisor for any reason, or if you develop a particularly strong working relationship with another faculty member through your coursework or independent study projects.
- If you change your major area of study while at the University, a change of advisor will be required.
What should I expect from my faculty advisor?
Your advisor should:
- Post regular office hours at the University and should provide you with accurate contact information, including office location, phone number, e-mail address, etc. with his or her preferred contact method noted;
- Have access to your academic information to assist you with appropriate course selection;
- Periodically review progress toward your degree to ensure that you are satisfying all of your degree requirements in the appropriate sequence;
- Assist you in career planning as it relates to your major area of study (also see Career Services);
- Provide accurate and specific information about academic policies and procedures at the University;
- Act as a resource for additional academic information and contacts;
- Discuss, approve, and sign off on your course selection prior to each registration period. Your advisor's signature will be required on each registration and add/drop form;
- Provide you with a personal identification number (PIN) that replaces the advisor signature for the purposes of online registration. Note: You cannot process add/drops online with a PIN after the first week of class.
When should I contact my advisor?
It is recommended that you contact your advisor:
- As soon as possible after you have received your advisor assignment to introduce yourself and discuss your academic goals;
- When you have made preliminary course selections for the upcoming semester and are ready to register;
- If you need help with making course selections for the upcoming semester;
- If you need to drop or add courses after registration;
- Whenever you are having academic difficulty;
- If you are questioning whether your major area of study is the right one for you;
- To discuss career options or opportunities for internships or independent study.
Where do I meet with my faculty advisor?
Several places to meet are:
- In the advisor's office;
- In the library or other academic building;
- Over a cup of coffee in the student union;
- By e-mail or phone if that is what works for you and your advisor.
How do I prepare for meetings with my advisor?
Before meeting, you should:
- Make sure that you and your advisor have current contact information for each other;
- Always schedule an appointment, if possible. Dropping in can be difficult for both the advisor and the student. You may find that your advisor has a previously scheduled appointment resulting in a long wait for you. Your advisor may not be prepared to discuss your academic program until he or she has had a chance to review your file and academic record;
- Go to meetings with specific questions and with all necessary materials (paper, pencil, schedule of classes, forms, etc.);
- Be mindful of your advisor's other commitments. The first and last two weeks of each semester are particularly busy times for faculty members. It is best to schedule appointments mid semester after the schedule of classes for the upcoming semester has been distributed.