Advising and Academic Services
Advising Frequently Asked Questions
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. 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 may have administrative assistants who can help you make an appointment. 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.
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!
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 them.
Although a number of people on the faculty and staff monitor students’ progress toward completing graduation requirements, students 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.
Your academic advisor is the ONLY person who can enable your registration, but there are other sources of support that can SUPPLEMENT the information your academic advisor provides. Your First Year Program 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 the Student Athlete Enhancement Center 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) or Special Services staff work closely with all students who participate in their 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.