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Academic Advising

Academic advising is a collaborative educational process between you and your advisor designed to support your academic success.

Shared responsibility is the basis for the advisor-advisee relationship.  As a student, you are ultimately responsible for the choices you make in college.  However, BSC realizes that, in order to make informed choices, students need mentoring and advice from academic advisors and other professional staff in the BSC community.  Your academic advisor is your primary source regarding academic issues, programs and opportunities.

A relationship with an academic advisor provides you the opportunity to:

Who is My Advisor?

An academic advisor is assigned to each student enrolled at BSC based on their program of study. This advisor may either be a faculty member or a professional staff member.

To find your academic advisor, log on to Campus Connection and click on your Academic Progress tile on your Student Homepage. Your advisor’s name, email address and phone number will be displayed under the Advisors and Advising Notes section.   

Preparing for Your Advising Appointment

Schedule your advising appointment in advance.  
  • At busy times of the year, your advisor may not be able to see you at a moment's notice.

Plan ahead to arrive on time.  
  • It is always good to arrive early.  If you are late, you may have to reschedule your advising appointment.

Make sure you have your login information for CampusConnection.  
  • You will need this information if you plan to register for your classes or make changes to your class schedule with your advisor.

Check for Holds and To Do's.  
  • To check for Holds and To Do's, log in to your CampusConnection Student Homepage. Certain Holds and To Do's may prevent you from registering for your classes. Check with the office listed for more information.

Bring your Academic Requirements Report.  
  • Also known as your degree audit, you can print a copy of the requirements you have remaining for your degree in your CampusConnection Student Homepage.

Familiarize yourself with the degree requirements for the school you plan on transferring to.  
  • If you have a catalog or program information from your transfer school, bring it with to your advising appointment.

Review your degree plan 
 
  • Add in its place – You can view your program of study degree plan, including the classes required for your degree, in the BSC Catalog

Prepare a trial schedule of classes.  
  • Include those that you would like to take or think that you may need for your BSC degree or transfer school.

Bring a list of questions. 
  • Get the most out of your appointment by having all your questions answered at once!

Questions to Ask Your Academic Advisor

How Do I Change My Advisor or Program?

To request a new advisor or change your program of study, fill out the Program, Advisor or Multiple Program Change form located in CampusConnection.