What is Academic Advising?

The Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE) recognizes the importance for students to take the correct courses for their degree. Whether you are a new student, transfer student, or a current student, the CASE staff is available to assist you in your educational journey towards graduation.

First Year Advisement

First year advisors guide students through the transition from high school to college. These specially trained faculty advisors teach an academic first-year seminar course during the fall semester. The seminar course fulfills a degree requirement for the student and the faculty member serves as their academic advisor throughout their freshman year.

Transfer Student Advisement

Transfer students will get a designated academic advisor within their major, but also through CASE. The Director of Advising and Registration will serve as a co-advisor for all transfer students to help with their transition.

Exploratory/Undecided Advising

Exploratory advising services are offered to students in the process of declaring a major. First year students who have not declared a major will be registered into an exploratory first-year seminar and career lab. The instructor of the seminar course will serve as the advisor for the students throughout the year. Upperclassmen who have not declared a major will be assigned an advisor in CASE. The advisors will guide the undecided student based on interest and completion of the Focus 2 assessment. This web-based career assessment is specifically designed to help the students explore majors and careers.

Academic Probation Advisement

Students who have not met the university standard by having a cumulative GPA below a 2.0 for the semester will be placed on academic probation and have an academic hold placed on their record. In order for a student on probation to register or make changes to their schedule, they would have to see the appropriate school Dean or visit CASE to meet with the Director of Academic Support Services.

Advising by appointment

Please speak with your advisor for their hours of availability  Freshmen can see their advisors in the Advisement Center during their scheduled hours.

Policy and Procedures for Advising

  • If you cannot keep your scheduled appointment, please notify your advisor as soon as possible to cancel or reschedule.
  • Check your Saint Peter’s email regularly for important updates sent to you by the University.
  • Advising Handbook (PDF).

Students’ Roles and Responsibilities

In order to take advantage of the academic services available at Saint Peter’s University, students are expected to:

  • Schedule regular advising appointments each semester.
  • Be on time for scheduled appointments.
  • Be courteous and plan ahead by cancelling or rescheduling appointments if necessary.
  • Come to appointments with prepared questions or issues to discuss with their advisor.
  • Keep a record of their academic progress and completed goals.
  • Familiarize themselves with Saint Peter’s academic calendar each semester – paying close attention to important deadline dates.
  • Seek help when needed and use appropriate campus resources. 

Academic Advisors’ Roles and Responsibilities – What Students Can Expect

Academic Advisors are expected to:

  • Maintain confidentiality when working with students one on one.
  • Provide accurate and updated academic information regarding general college policies and procedures, referrals to campus services and other administrative departments.
  • Assist in Academic advisement
  • Assist students with scheduling appropriate courses that fulfill college, department, and general education requirements each semester and/or module.

Expected Student Learning Outcomes for the Academic Advising Experience

  • Students will develop a comprehensive academic plan to achieve their educational goals at Saint Peter’s University.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the academic policies and procedures of Saint Peter’s University.
  • Students will be able to accurately interpret the program and general education requirements of their respective majors by checking the academic catalog and meeting with their advisors.
  • Academic Catalog
  • Students will demonstrate effective decision making concerning their degree and career goals.