What is Advising?

Academic Advising is an opportunity to exchange information designed to assist students in reaching their goals. Advising is a shared responsibility between an advisor and the student.

 Advisor Responsibilities

ACCESS Advisors are committed to do the following: 

  • Serve as a student advocate
  • Exhibit a caring attitude
  • Be aware of current university resources and provide students with necessary referrals
  • Be available to students through posted office hours, email, and appointment times
  • Provide guidance to students as they set academic, career, and personal goals
  • Be a responsive listener
  • Understand and communicate curriculum, graduation requirements, and university policies and procedure
  • Assist students in understanding degree requirements
  • Assist students in selecting courses based on individual interests and abilities
  • Monitor progress toward career and educational goals by maintaining accurate and up-to-date advising files
  • Maintain confidentiality of student records
  • Assist students in enhancing decision-making, problem-solving, and communication skills
  • Participate in advisor training sessions to keep informed and current

Student Responsibilities:

  • Review and understand university policies and procedures, General Education Requirements, graduation requirements.
  • Read all SJSU Messages on a regular basis
  • Be aware of academic dates and deadlines
  • Explore resources to assist in making career and academic decisions
  • Schedule and attend advising appointments
  • Arrive on time for appointments
  • Prepare for advising sessions and bring relevant materials to appointment
  • Bring a list of questions to appointments and ask questions if a topic is not understood
  • Communicate openly with advisor by clarifying personal values, abilities, goals, and needs
  • Be familiar with requirements of selected major(s)/minor(s) and schedule courses in accordance with those requirements
  • Recognize that advising is a shared responsibility; however, students must accept final responsibility for all decisions


 Types of Advisors

Access Staff Advisors

Staff Advisors are professional advisors who are responsible for the following:

  • General Education Advising
  • Probation Advising
  • Graduation Planning
  • Academic Planning
  • Freshmen and Sophomores will recieve most of their advising from ACCESS

Major Advisors

Major Advisors are professors who advise students. The following are their responsibilites:

  • Major Course Requirement Advising
  • Major Course Planning
  • Graduation Review and Approval
  • Petition Signing
  • May also need Associate Dean's Signature
  • Juniors and Seniors will recieve most of their advising from Faculty Advisors