Who we are and what we do

Advisors provide academic support to current Dalhousie University and King's students. We coach, support and guide students to set and meet educational and career goals.

Where to go for advising


Bissett Student Success Centre


Student Success Advisors can help you:

  • clarify your education and career goals
  • monitor your plan of study
  • choose courses that relate to your goals and interests
  • address concerns about your studies
  • apply strategies for academic success from first-year to graduation
  • identify skill-building opportunities such as co-op or study abroad
  • develop an action plan if you are struggling in school
  • explore academic options (including academic policies) when faced with personal/family emergency
  • determine where to go for additional support

Think of your academic success as a shared responsibility: 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.

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.
  • It is always a good idea to write down suggestions your advisor offers (on paper or in your smart phone) 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!

Check out our Advising Syllabus to learn more about how we can support you throughout your time at Dalhousie!