Career & Advising Services
Reid Centennial Hall,
Debra Lybyer, Director
Tips to Be a Successful Student!
Know your and your advisor's responsibilities?
student advisee is responsible for:
knowing who their advisor is and how to contact
developing a collaborative relationship with the
scheduling advising appointments prior to
registration or other deadlines
being prepared for the advising appointment
(knowing the purpose of the visit, what courses are being
offered, having an idea of what courses they need and want to
take, being able to discuss interests and goals with the
familiarizing themselves with core requirements,
program requirements, and graduation requirements
consulting with their advisor before altering
their outlined study plan (i.e. dropping or adding a course)
consulting with their advisor if they are having
consulting with their advisor if changing major,
transferring to another institution, or withdrawing from the
meeting with their advisor at least once a
semester in order to be released for registration (meeting more
often will foster a collaborative relationship)
asking questions and seeking help if he/she has
issues or concerns
becoming knowledgeable and able to make informed
accepting responsibility for the decisions she/he
Your advisor is responsible for:
fostering the studentís sense of responsibility
for his/her life-long educational goals;
helping the student clarify educational values
assisting the student in accessing available
providing accurate information about educational
options, academic and graduation requirements, and institutional
policies and procedures;
helping the student plan and monitor their degree
program consistent with his/her interests and abilities;
guiding the progress of the student within a
major field of study and/or with core requirements, and helping
them to monitor and track their progress;
providing assistance for career exploration or
referring them to Career & Advising Services for this purpose;
developing a collaborative relationship with
fostering the studentís decision-making skills
How many classes (credits) should I take?
The typical course load for entering freshmen
planning to attend full time is between 12 and 16 hours of credit
each semester. That would be approximately 4-5 classes
per semester. Full time for financial aid purposes is 12
credits. Full time for those not receiving financial aid is 8
credits. The course load best for you is going to depend on a
variety of factors, such as other commitments, study skills, time
management skills, and self-discipline.
Remember: For every hour you spend in class you need to plan
on approximately 2 - 2 1/2 hours of time spent doing homework.
What's the cutoff between Freshman, Sophomore,
Junior and Senior?
Your academic level is calculated by the
number of credits you have completed and does not include the
number of credits you are currently enrolled in.
Freshmen - 0 - 25
Sophomores - 26 - 57 completed credits
Juniors - 58 - 89 completed credits
Seniors - 90+ completed credits
What should you do if you are having trouble in
Some of the most common problems are in the areas of time
management, study skills, work conflicts and personal relationships.
If you are having trouble you should:
- Talk to your instructor
Many problems can be solved in this manner. You should
be aware of what the requirements are for the course, what your
instructor expects of you and where you stand in comparison.
- Identify college services
There are numerous services on campus that can help you with
a variety of academic and non-academic needs. Academic
support includes the Math and Natural Science Lab, Writing Lab,
Learning Resource Center, Student Support Services, Health
Center, Disability Services. You can seek assistance for
non-academic needs through the counseling center.
- Talk to your advisor.
Your advisor is available to assist you in working out
problems, suggesting alternatives, identifying services and
- DO NOT IGNORE THE PROBLEM!
Problems rarely go away by themselves and the longer you
wait the harder they are to solve. If you are unsure of
what to do, contact your advisor!
- Have a question? ASK!
Career & Advising Services is here to help
you succeed. We are available to answer your questions
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and also during the summer!
Call (208) 792-2313 or email