Academic advising is an important part of the learning process and can play a critical role in your college experience. Saint Joseph’s University is committed to assisting you at every step of the academic journey while providing an environment that fosters the liberal arts values of autonomy, responsibility, and growth as life-long learners.
Advising functions in the Haub School of Business (HSB) are shared between faculty advisors and the Leahy Advising Center. In this shared model, faculty advisors and the Advising Center have distinct roles in the advising process but work collaboratively to help you benefit fully from the college experience. As part of the advising process, it is expected that you will be motivated to seek advice, participate in decision making and take full responsibility for your education and future.
How the Advising Center Can Help You
The Advising Center is here to provide assistance and help you benefit fully from your college experience. We are here to:
- Serve as a resource during your transition to college
- Provide pre-registration advising
- Advise on course selection for the GEP and Business Foundation
- Assist you in interpreting/understanding HSB and SJU policies and procedures
- Provide support, programming and resources for undecided students
- Make appropriate referrals to faculty & essential campus resources
- Introduce students to special programs that will enrich the college experience (e.g., co-op; study abroad)
- Develop web and paper resources to help students with registration, choosing a major, etc.
- Serve as a clearinghouse for campus resource information
- Troubleshoot registration problems
Services and Resources:
HSB Advising 101
Offered in the Fall Semester for freshmen and each semester for new transfer students. These sessions cover the basics of registration and other information that is essential for a student’s success at SJU. For more information, contact the Leahy Advising Center.
Individual Meetings with the Advising Center Staff
We are here to help! We encourage students to meet one-on-one with an advisor in the Leahy Advising Center to ask general advising questions and/or to discuss other issues/concerns related to their experience at SJU. For quick questions or to schedule a meeting with one of the staff, please email, call, or stop by the Advising Center Office, MV 150. We are open Monday through Friday, 9-5.
Resource Information and Referrals
We encourage students to stop by our office for information on campus resources that can help them navigate the transition to college and ensure success in their academic program.
Your Faculty Advisor’s Role
In addition to the Advising Center, every HSB student will be assigned a faculty advisor whose role focuses primarily on mentoring and academic/career planning. Each student who has a declared major will be assigned a faculty advisor from the department in which s/he is majoring. This advisor will help the student plan a curriculum within his/her field of study and explore potential career options. Each undeclared student will be assigned to an HSB faculty advisor and will work with his/her advisor to explore possible majors and to develop educational and career goals.
In addition to mentoring students, faculty advisors will meet with each advisee every semester to review course selection for the following semester and to provide access to a PIN for online class registration. Students also meet with their faculty advisor to review mid-term grades in both the fall and the spring semester of their freshman year.
More specifically, Faculty Advisors will:
- Be accessible to students – maintain & post office hours
- Be knowledgeable about HSB and SJU policies and procedures as well as HSB degree programs and requirements
- Work collaboratively with the Advising Center – refer students to the Advising Center for information related to core curriculum and other general advising issues
- Review the advisee’s educational plan and help the advisee to understand the relationships among the courses, programs, internships, study abroad programs, and other academic experiences provided by the university
- Serve as a mentor to advisees; work with them to develop/clarify personal, academic and career goals. Assist advisees in long-range planning as well as immediate problem-solving
- Introduce advisees to educational opportunities (e.g., study abroad, co-op, internships) and encourage them to pursue appropriate opportunities
- Provide advice and, when appropriate, refer advisees to relevant campus offices/resources
- Review and evaluate progress toward established goals and degree completion
- Empower advisees to explore and make their own decisions regarding academic, career and lifelong goals
- Remember your faculty advisor is your #1 resource for advising!
Your Role & Responsibility
It is expected that you will take responsibility for your future by actively engaging in planning and decision making related to your education and career. Ultimately, you are responsible for your academic success!
Specifically, it is expected that you will:
- Be proactive and ask questions
- Become familiar with the Saint Joseph’s University Undergraduate Catalog. Know the requirements for your program of study and understand university and departmental policies and procedures that pertain to the major/minor
- Participate in HSB Advising 101 pre-registration session during the fall semester of freshman year (click link to view the PowerPoint of the HSB Advising presentation)
- Take the initiative to contact the HSB Advising Center at any time if you have questions about the GER, HSB core curriculum, campus resources, etc
- Be familiar with the academic calendar and important deadlines
- Verify the accuracy of your academic records on My SJU
- Ask questions! If you don’t understand a policy or procedure, ask questions until you do understand
Developing a Relationship with your Faculty Advisor (or Other Faculty Member)
- Take Initiative! Meet with your faculty advisor at least once a semester to review your academic progress and to discuss academic opportunities of interest to you. It is your education and future – seek out the help and advice you need.
- Remember that professors do not live in Mandeville Hall. Professors have a lot of things going on (classes, research, etc.). You cannot wait until the last minute to contact them. Each professor is a unique individual – take some time to learn their style and the best ways to reach them. Contact them to make an appointment when you need to talk with them or stop by during his/her office hours. Use multiple methods for contact (e.g., email, phone, stop by their office). Do not expect an immediate response to emails and voicemails (allow for a 24-72 hour response time).
- Faculty cannot read your mind. Faculty want to help you and want to meet with you! If you have a problem, ask for help. Remember there are no stupid questions, and you can always use your advisor’s office hours to ask questions/get help. If they are not in their office when you stop by, try emailing them and/or leaving a voicemail message. Remember that they can’t get back to you if they don’t know your are looking for them.
- Faculty Advising is not only about course selection and PINs. Some students think that the only time they can see their advisor is during the pre-registration period. Advising on course selection is only one aspect of academic advising. Take the time to develop a mentoring relationship with faculty – learn from their knowledge and experience in various industries. The better they know you, the better able they will be to help you.
- Be prepared for meetings with your faculty advisor. Have a good attitude, speak clearly, come prepared, and maintain a professional demeanor. Write down a list of questions you would like to discuss.
- Don’t wait to see your advisor until you are in trouble or failing out of a class. DO NOT have your first one-on-one conversation with your advisor be about your disappointing midterm grades. If nothing else, talk to your advisor at THE FIRST sign of difficulty. They may be able to help you to develop strategies for approaching the problem and/or refer you to additional campus resources for help.