Academic Advising Team
ASHLEY BAUGHMAN – Undergraduate Students A-L
TREVA BEEBE – Undergraduate Students M-Z
JAIME RICE – Graduate Students
Why do I need an advisor?
Advisors help students develop plans for majors, match personal strengths and interests with opportunities in the university curriculum, understand and complete requirements, avoid or overcome administrative issues, and develop a sense of purpose in their undergraduate education.
How do I choose a major?
Choosing a major can be one of the most difficult decisions you will need to make during your college education. You will need to think about what is important for you in an occupation, explore the options available to you, and do a self-assessment of your values, abilities, and interests. Once you have done this, you will be in a better position to make a decision. At the SDC, our integrated first-year curriculum exposes students to a strong foundation in the design and construction disciplines, while our experienced advising staff will provide you with information and resources that can assist you in making an informed decision when applying for admission to the major.
Questions for Email
Email can be a quick and easy way to get your questions answered without the need for an appointment. The following are good questions for email, though some information is available through the university’s website (links included below). Please use diligence in trying to answer the question with an existing resource rather than asking your advisor to do the work for you.
- How do I apply to graduate?
- Can you refer me to another office?
- How do I know when I can schedule classes?
- Can you send me the link to the UCORE course list?
- Questions about graduation requirements or petitions.
- What courses do I still need to take? (Have you first checked your academic requirements report and/or the catalog for your major?)
If you are wondering whether your question needs an appointment, reach out to your advisor. A simple “Do you prefer to talk about planning courses in person or over email?” will show that you are trying to make good decisions. Our Advising Tools page provides additional information and useful links.
Preparing for your Advising Appointment
It’s important to be prepared for your academic advising appointment in order to take full advantage of the time you have with your advisor. The following information will help prepare you for your appointment.
- Book an appointment in advance. During busy times of the semester, some advisors are booked for as many as three weeks out. Find out if there is a deadline for your questions or situation and plan ahead.
- Call or email to cancel if you can’t attend. If you cannot attend your appointment, please call or email to cancel in advance. This is especially important during times when appointments are in high demand. Please note, if you are late to your appointment, you may be asked to reschedule.
- Prior to meeting with your advisors, be sure to:
- Review your Advisement Report
- Select courses you need and want to take in the coming semester(s)
- Update and bring your graduation plan;
- Come prepared with any questions you might have. If you are not prepared you will be asked to reschedule.