About Advising

General Advising Information:

It is highly recommended that students see an advisor during their first semester at SJSU to ensure that they are aware of all degree requirements for a business major. In addition, for newly-admitted upper-division transfers, advisors can assist students with assessing their transfer coursework. One of the primary goals of the advising staff is to ensure that each individual business student has a clear path to graduation once they begin their academic program at SJSU. Based on the fact that all students must attend mandatory orientations, it may not be essential to see an advisor prior to the first semester. However, for those students who may have questions either before or after they have attended an orientation, they are welcome to come in for advising.

Please maintain all documents received from the university to include admissions, financial aid, transcripts from other institutions, petitions you may have submitted, academic advising handouts throughout your academic endeavors at SJSU. Although advisors generally have access to most records, it is advisable to maintain your own until you graduate.

Be sure to access your "To do" list through MySJSU prior to registration each semester to ensure no registration "holds" have been placed on your record. Be sure to take the necessary action when things are listed. See an advisor in the Student Success Center if you have any questions.

Individuals who are planning to transfer to SJSU as business majors may set up an appointment with an advisor in the Student Success Center. Students do not need to be enrolled or admitted to SJSU to be advised in the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business.

Add: Advising is not a “once-a-semester” meeting with an advisor but an ongoing dialog about the issues and challenges faced by students. We encourage you to take an active part in your academic discourse and future possibilities.

Online Advising:

The Jack Holland Student Success Center is providing an online advising experience for LCoB students. The goal of online advising is to facilitate students to take a more central position in their education and future. Learners in the 21st century have an innate ability to connect with others through technology. Research shows that almost 94% of undergraduates and graduates use the Internet and almost 80% of them use social networking sites (NACADA, 2014). More than 70% of college students own smartphones (U.S. News). The use of technology in advising will help facilitate effective scheduling, registration, and degree planning for new and incoming students and is not a substitute for critical and meaningful face-to-face connections with academic advisors. Because the informational component is covered online, advisors will have time to discuss the more in-depth and subjective elements of advising with students in face-to-face meetings.

Advantages of Online Advising:

  • Information is consistent and standardized
  • Academic support in multiple ways
  • Optimize current resources
  • Purposeful and intentional advising
  • Accessible from multiple locations
  • Reduced paperwork and sustainable model for advising
  • Enhanced student success