Welcome, Academic Advisors

Welcome to the central advising website for undergraduate academic advisors. On this website, you will be able to access important tools and resources for effective advising.  The Academic Advising Steering Committee oversees the mission, goals, learning outcomes, and improvements of undergraduate academic advising for students and advisors.  For graduate mentoring and advising, visit the Graduate School website.

Advising Mission

Assist students in achieving their educational and lifelong learning goals through an interactive and educational partnership.

Advisor Responsibilities

  • Provide accurate and timely information about degree and career-related requirements.
  • Be available during publicized office hours.
  • Respond to students’ inquiries within two business days.
  • Empower each student to make independent and informed decisions.
  • Be knowledgeable about policies and procedures.
  • Serve as a guide, teacher, facilitator, coach, and counselor.
  • Make appropriate referrals.
  • Encourage active engagement in the curriculum-based advising process by using Degree Works degree audit.
  • Advise from an integrated perspective of general education, major(s), minor(s), experiential learning, study abroad.
  • Ensure smooth transition for students declaring and changing majors.
  • Keep accurate and up-to-date advising records in Connect.
  • Provide realistic options for students’ decision making and encourage reasonable time to degree.
  • Be resourceful, utilizing web-based resources, advising tools and professional development opportunities.

Student Responsibilities

  • Be proactive; seek help and advice early in semester.
  • Understand role of academic and faculty advisor.
  • Know how to contact your advisor(s).
  • Become familiar with requirements for your major, minor, general education, and graduation.
  • Update your student record when necessary (e.g. change of address, phone number).
  • Know your current grade point average, enrolled credits, and earned credit hours.
  • Follow dates and deadlines on the academic calendar.
  • Frequently check your uncc.edu email for official communication from UNC Charlotte.
  • Know that advisors are helpful and available during class registration and non-registration periods.
  • Schedule and arrive on time for appointments with your advisor.
  • Check Degree Works degree audit, prepare questions, and create a course schedule before meeting with your advisor.
  • Make notes and keep all paperwork and forms from advising sessions.
  • Be familiar with and utilize the Undergraduate Catalog, a comprehensive online source of academic policies, procedures, course descriptions, and requirements.

The Importance of Faculty Advising

Academic advising is an important factor in the retention, progression, and timely graduation of college students. Beyond helping students develop an academic plan, faculty advisors are in a position to engage students in the academic environment and educate them on research and career opportunities. Faculty advisors are critical in helping students create and achieve their academic goals.