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Student/Advisor Relationship

Academic Advisors


Every Marist student is assigned to an academic advisor who is available to provide guidance in planning a meaningful program of study. An academic advisor becomes an important resource for major field information, graduate school preparation, and career guidance. Students are encouraged to maximize this relationship by maintaining close contact with their assigned advisor throughout their time at Marist.


Students in declared majors will be assigned to an advisor in their major field. Students who are undeclared will be assigned an advisor through the Academic Learning Center. Additionally, program advisors are assigned for students in special programs (e.g., Honors, HEOP, Accommodation & Accessibility).


Students are expected to meet with their academic advisor on a regular basis. In addition, a student’s major advisor is the only individual who can remove a registration hold in order for the student to be able to register. Students declaring or changing majors will be assigned to an advisor in that major. Students may request a change of academic advisor by completing an advisor change form on the myMarist Student – Advising Undergraduate tab. A student’s advisor may also be changed due to administrative reasons. Students can view their advisor on the myMarist Student – Advising Undergraduate tab or on their Degree Works audit.


Expectations of Students & Advisors


 Student Responsibilities

  • Plan and attend regular appointments with your advisor each semester
  • Come prepared for advising appointments by gathering all relevant information that will steer the conversation, including clarifying personal values and goals
  • Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies and procedures
  • Complete all “to do’s” recommended by your advisor
  • Ask questions if you do not understand an issue or have a specific concern
  • Take responsibility for exploring career options
  • Seek opportunities that are consistent with areas of interest
  • Review DegreeWorks audit and graduation requirements frequently for accuracy
  • Review course catalog and course descriptions
  • Attend group advising meetings


When To See Your Advisor

  1. To discuss any problems that affect your academic performance.
  2. To review courses for the upcoming semester.  After this review, your advisor will remove the registration hold on your account. 
  3. To add or drop courses during registration periods.
  4. To discuss withdrawing from a course.
  5. To discuss academic probation standing, and success plan.
  6. To discuss changes of major, or adding a minor.
  7. To discuss study abroad, internship, and career resources.
  8. To discuss academic policies and procedures.
  9. To explore the possibility of graduate study or employment options.


How To See Your Advisor

  1. The office location, phone number and email of your advisor is available in the myMarist Advising-Undergraduate portal.  You can also find your advisor on your DegreeWorks audit.  You can email your advisor directly from either place. 
  2. Become familiar with your advisor’s office hours at the beginning of each semester.  The best way to get a hold of your advisor may be to visit them during their office hours.
  3. Some advisors post an appointment schedule on their door in advance of the advising period for registration.  Other advisors may email you with a link to schedule an appointment.
  4. Make your advising appointments in advance so your advisor has the necessary time to look through your academic information, and spend an appropriate amount of time with you. 


Advisor Responsibilities

  • Be accessible and responsive to advisees
  • Communicate college policies & procedures
  • Help students define & develop realistic goals (short & long term)
  • Match students’ needs with available resources & make appropriate referrals
  • Assist students with planning programs consistent with their abilities & interests
  • Educate advisee about the major and/or career field
  • Monitor and support students’ progress
  • Discuss linkage between academic preparation and world of work
  • Keep abreast of curriculum requirements