The first-year advising program at Philadelphia University instructs students in how best to use and appreciate the resources of the University in order to meet their educational and professional goals. Advisors provide opportunities and assist students to make decisions that are consistent with their abilities and interests. Deliberate and intentional academic advising guides students in setting goals, making choices, collaborating with others and valuing the contribution of higher education to real-world problem solving.
Academic Advising Learning Outcomes
- Value the role of the academic advising process in their University learning experience.
- Make sound decisions concerning degree and career goals based upon their abilities and interests, and University policies and procedures.
- Develop an educational plan for successfully achieving their goals.
- Appreciate collaboration with others across programs and disciplines, including the college studies curriculum.
- Use campus resources and services to assist them in achieving their academic, personal and career goals.
Academic advisors assist students in meeting their educational goals and utilizing campus resources. The Learning and Advising Center provides advising for first-year students in the day division including students in University College: Discover It Yourself (DIY), a program for students who have not declared their major. Upper-level, day division students who have declared their majors are assigned advisors in their schools. An important tool for advisors is the Academic Alert Program through which faculty provides advisors with information regarding students’ academic performance.
The School of Continuing and Professional Studies advises Continuing Studies students. The office maintains regular evening hours. In addition, students may seek advising via telephone or email.
DIY students who have not yet declared a major or students who are thinking about changing their major are encouraged to meet with their DIY advisor or the Associate Director of the Learning and Advising Center for specialized advising. Students also are encouraged to make one-on-one appointments with the staff of the Career Services Center in order to participate in career inventories and assessments so that they may choose a major that links their interests with their skills and abilities. Students will be advised to discuss possible majors and to talk with appropriate professionals on campus about the fields they are considering.
Students who wish to explore possible majors may keep their options open during their first year at the University. Students who choose not to declare a major must work closely with and participate in all DIY programming sponsored by the Learning and Advising Center and the Career Services Center. Undeclared students are encouraged to work intensively with their academic advisors to select courses that will help them to prepare to enter a specific major. Undeclared students are encouraged to declare a major after they have completed 30 credits. Students are required to declare a major after they have completed 60 credits.