Advising FAQs


How Was I Assigned?

Every matriculated student at Marist College is assigned to an academic advisor. When a student enters the College with a declared major, they are generally placed with an advisor within their chosen academic discipline. "Undeclared" students are assigned to a faculty member or an administrator who will work closely with their advisees to help them seek out an area of study that is consistent with their interests, abilities and future plans. Academic advisors help students explore majors, choose courses wisely, and make the most of all that Marist has to offer.

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Why Are Advisors Important?

Your advisor knows Marist College, its programs of study, its academic policies and requirements, and its course offerings -- particularly in his or her discipline. An advisor can be of invaluable help in working with you to plan your years of study. Most importantly, your advisor can be the person who helps you to better understand how various courses can come together to form a meaningful academic experience. While an academic advisor is not a personal or a career counselor, he or she can help you to explore career choices, develop realistic expectations, and seek answers to important questions.

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What Is Marist's Advisement Philosophy?

Marist's advisement model is both developmental and intrusive. Toward that end, advisors recognize that students have varying wants, needs and interests at different points in their academic careers, and the guidance and information that a regular advisement process provides can help students transition from one milestone to the next. Students are required to consult with their academic advisors during registration periods to discuss course selection. The Advisor will enable the student to register for classes online. Advisors usually post their office hours. During these hours, you can usually drop by to speak to your advisor or to make an appointment for a more in-depth discussion. If your advisor is also one of your instructors, it is relatively easy to request an appointment after class. Administrators who serve as advisors have secretaries who can help you make an appointment.

Remember, everyone at Marist has a phonemail box, where messages are recorded and date-stamped. It is your responsibility to arrive for your advising appointments prepared and on time. If, for a good reason, you cannot keep your advising appointment, be certain to let your advisor know in advance. During registration periods you should be sure to give some thought to your course selections and scheduling issues before you arrive. Remember, waiting until the last day of a course change period guarantees frustration for both of you. The advising relationship is an important one...use it wisely!

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What Role do I Play as a Student?

Education is a shared responsibility between the College and the student. The College provides educational opportunity and guidance, but it is, after all, students who are being educated and whose lives will be considerably determined by the nature and the quality of that education. The student's responsibility embraces not only study, the writing of papers, and the completion of assignments, but also knowing College regulations, course requirements, and the like. In short, students should learn what the College expects and requires of him or her.

Although a number of people on the faculty and staff monitor student's progress toward completing graduation requirements, student's at times make costly mistakes or miss opportunities because they have left themselves uninformed or allowed themselves to be misinformed. They should read the Catalog and other sources of information, and they should seek the advice that is available to them. Even students who do not feel the need for advice should remember that advisor approval of registration is necessary and they should visit advisors regularly as a safeguard against unknowingly straying from regulations or requirements.

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Can I Change My Advisor?

Yes. It is possible to change your advisor at any time during the academic year. See the advisor change form on the previous page. Change of Advisor Forms can also be obtained from The Center for Advising and Academic Services. CAAS will write to your old advisor to request that your folder be returned to our office. Once we receive your folder, we will pass it along to your new advisor. While the change is usually entered into the computer in a timely manner, it can take a week or more for your advisement file to be turned over to your new advisor. We suggest that you meet with your new advisor as soon as possible. It is wise to request an advisor change well before a registration period, thus allowing adequate time to meet with your new advisor.

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Are There Any Other Reasons Why My Advisor Assignment Might Change?

Although some students might have the same advisor for their four years at Marist, there are often circumstances which require a change. For example, if you decide to switch your major, you will be assigned to a new advisor within your major field. Students with undeclared majors will typically be reassigned to someone within their newly declared major (unless the student and the faculty member have indicated otherwise). Sometimes circumstances such as a faculty leave will require a change of advisor. In all cases, you will be notified of the change via e-mail. Please note that we do not automatically change a student's advisor assignment when they add a minor, concentration, or certificate -- your major field advisor can help guide you through the ways in which you have specialized your program of study.

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Are There Other Sources Of Advisement On Campus?

Your academic advisor is the ONLY person who can enable your registration, but there are other sources of advisement that can SUPPLEMENT the information your academic advisor provides. Your Mentor can help you work on study skills, time management, and academic motivation. A critical partner in your first-year experience, your mentor can also help you to make the most of advisement periods by helping you prepare before you see your academic advisor. If you are a student-athlete, you will work closely with your Athletic Advisor who will also help you prepare for your advising appointment by discussing scheduling, study halls and other special services that are available to you.

Members of the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) staff work closely with all students who participate in the program. Resident Assistants, tutors, and other students will often be available to answer your questions and provide opinions on your academic course. Please keep in mind that unofficial sources of information and advice may be unreliable. Friends and other peers, although they have the best intentions, may offer you information that is not correct for your year of entrance or for your particular situation. Your academic advisor bases his or her advice to you on personal observation, years of experience, and knowledge of your total situation, interests and goals. Do not make the mistake of sacrificing such personalized and professional attention.

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How Many Credits Do I Need to Take Each Semester?

A typical college schedule totals 15 credits. This usually translates into five three-credit courses. However, your schedule can range from twelve to sixteen credits. If your schedule does not add up to at least twelve institutional credits, be sure to see your academic advisor at the earliest possible point during the add/drop period so that he/she can help you add whatever courses are necessary to bring you up to full-time status. You must be a full-time student to qualify for financial aid and college housing. Students pay by the credit for every credit over 16. Students cannot register for more than 18 credits without scheduling an appointment with the Director of the Center for Advising and Academic Services to obtain written permission.

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