Academic Advising

What we do

Our Academic Advising team provides program advising, academic planning and personal coaching, to help you reach your educational, career and life goals.

Academic Advisors can help you:

  • clarify your education and career goals
  • explore programs 
  • choose courses that relate to your goals and interests
  • address concerns about your studies
  • develop strategies for academic success from first-year to graduation
  • identify skill-building opportunities
  • problem-solve if you are struggling in school
  • explore academic options when faced with personal/family emergency
  • determine where to go for additional information

Think of your academic success as your responsibility, and work with your advisors, your instructors and others to achieve your educational and career goals.

Before you meet with your advisor

  1. Make a list of questions you want to ask. Try to be as specific as possible – this will help you clarify your concerns.
  2. Look in the Undergraduate Calendar for information about your questions.
  3. Look up academic dates and deadlines that relate to your questions.
  4. Remember, that your advising meeting is held in confidence, so prepare to engage in a discussion beyond course choice and program options.

Where to go for advising; Academic Advisors at Dal AC


During your meeting

  • Tell your advisor as much as you can about why you are meeting with them. The more your advisor knows about your situation, the more they can help you.
  • Be prepared to take notes.  Leave space to write your answers next to your questions.
  • It is always a good idea to write down suggestions your advisor offers so that you remember which steps to take next.
  • Ask your advisor for help to make a list of next steps if you need it.
  • Schedule a follow-up ... Rome wasn't built in a day!