Academic Advising

We Guide. You Decide.

Academic Advising is part of the Student Success and First Generation Initiative Office and works closely with faculty advisers, Career Services and Internships, Tutoring, Access Services, Athletics, and Student Health & Counseling Services in providing a comprehensive advising experience at Saint Mary’s.

Academic advising is a process of developing a relationship with a student with the purpose of guiding the student toward achievement of their educational, career, and personal goals. The academic adviser may be a faculty member or a professional staff member in the Student Success and First Generation Initiative Office. Advisers help students make the most of their college experience by helping them develop a better understanding of their educational goals as related to their interests, values, and abilities. Academic advisers guide, students decide. Advisers encourage students to be self-reflective, to think critically about their attitudes and behaviors, to seek out resources, to become strong advocates for themselves, and to develop academic action plans consistent with their needs and hopes for the future.


Academic Advisers in the Student Success and First Generation Initiative Office assist students in the following areas:

  • Course planning and registration
  • Major exploration and declaration
  • Evaluation of degree requirements (General Education, Majors, Minors)
  • Course withdrawal
  • Academic difficulties
  • Developing academic success strategies and life skills
  • Facilitate the Academic Probation Support Program
  • Addressing personal concerns impacting academic performance
  • Understanding undergraduate academic policies and procedures
  • University withdrawal