Who Is My Advisor?
All undergraduate students at Suffolk University are assigned to an academic advisor. If you haven't chosen a major yet, your advisor will be a staff member at the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center. And if you have officially declared a major, you'll be assigned a faculty member from your major department.
Your assigned advisor's name is listed on the first page of your Program Evaluation. You can also check the MyAdvisor tab on MySuffolk.
All students are welcome to meet with an advisor in the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center for academic planning, study abroad planning, major changes, or any other general advising questions.
Scheduling an AppointmentTo schedule an appointment with an advisor here at the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center:
- Call: (617) 573-8345
- Email: email@example.com
- Visit: 73 Tremont - 9th floor
To schedule an appointment with your faculty advisor:
- Visit: stop by your major department and ask the front office staff about the best way to contact your faculty advisor.
- Call or email: Look up your faculty advisor's email address or phone number in the Suffolk directory.
Prepping for Your Appointment
In general, you shouldn't show up to your advising appointments empty handed. At very least, bring a piece of paper and a pen so you can take notes.
Here are some other ways to be prepared for your appointment:
- Bring a copy of your program evaluation. Your program evaluation is a document that summarizes all of your degree and major requirements so it's very helpful if your advisor is able to review this document with you.
- Bring the documents and/or forms you want to talk about (for example: your study abroad application or a change of major form).
- Bring a list of questions. We assume you made an appointment because you have questions. And it'll be easier for you to remember all of your questions if you write them down.
- Show up on time. And if you need to cancel, call to reschedule.
What to Expect from AdvisingNo two advisors (or advisees) are the same. So your advising experience should be and will be unique. However, here are some basics you can expect from the academic advising process:
- Academic advice designed to help you meet your individual interests.
- Accurate information about your curriculum, graduation requirements, university policies, and campus resources.
- Encouragement and guidance to help you develop realistic and attainable educational plans.
- Promotion of your involvement in off-campus and experiential learning opportunities.
- Help exploring and clarifying career options.
- Confidentiality and accessibility via office hours, phone, or email.
Advising Center Advisors Versus Faculty Advisors
Advisors at the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center help with academic planning, study abroad course selection and approval, transfer credits, graduation planning, exploring majors and minors, and other general advising questions and concerns.
Faculty advisors are specialists within your major. They can advise you on your curriculum and major requirements, career and internship options within your major, major elective options, and offer mentorship and networking advice.