BGSU Academic Advising
Finding Your Advisor
Every student at BGSU is assigned an academic advisor. Students are assigned a faculty advisor once they declare a major. If you are not sure who your advisor is:
- Go to MyBGSU. Under "My Services" select the "My Academic Advisor" link. If there is no academic advisor listed or you have difficulty accessing the site, contact your College Office or the department of your major.
- Differences between College Advisors and Faculty Advisors
- Other Advisors: Adult Learner Services, Athletics, Center for Multicultural and Academic Initiatives (CMAI), Honors, Student Support Services (SSS)
What Are the Differences Between a "Faculty" Advisor, a "College" Advisor, and "Other" Advisors?
Advising choices are available for students on campus, but sometimes students aren't certain who is the best person to see for advising. In reality, students do have several advising options, but the "college" and "faculty" advisors are considered to be your official academic advisors related to progress toward your degree. But when is it best to see a college advisor instead of a faculty advisor? Do I have another advisor, and is it important to see that advisor as well? We hope this information will assist you in answering these and other questions you might have related to academic advising.All college offices have full-time professional advisors available to assist students. These individuals are commonly referred to as "college office" advisors. They are well versed in rules, regulations, and policy issues students might encounter in working toward a degree. Most college advisors have, at a minimum, a master's degree in counseling or a related field and can help students with a variety of advising questions and concerns. Some of these are:
- general degree requirements
- offices or departments from which to seek additional assistance
- review of degree requirements
- for basic information and referral
- registration information
Students are usually assigned a faculty advisor in their major department. The faculty member is seen as an expert in his/her field and can provide important advice about careers, graduate school, internships, and the preferred sequencing of the major course requirements. It is best to seek assistance from your faculty advisor to acquire information about:
- course selection and concerns
- specialization requirements
- information concerning co-ops and internships
- career options and opportunities
- organizations and membership opportunities in your major.
Students are strongly encouraged to develop a relationship with an advisor and to meet regularly with that person.
Other program areas provide advising for eligible students. Some of the specific program areas and the advising services provided are:
Adult Learner Services:
The Office of Adult Learner Services & Evening Credit Programs provides comprehensive assistance to adult students who may be returning to school or just beginning their college experience and to students of any age who must take all or many of their classes during evening hours. The ALS staff is very familiar with the issues facing adult and evening students and can be a source of assistance to them as they plan and complete their programs. Adult and evening students are encouraged to meet with their College, Departmental, or Pre-Major advisors.In addition to providing assistance with career and academic program planning, Adult Learner Services & Evening Credit Programs administers alternative credit programs, helps students seeking evening classes, and awards book scholarships to selected adult students pursuing their first undergraduate degrees.
Student Athlete Services:
The Office of Student-Athlete Services provides academic support services for varsity BGSU student athletes to help them achieve academic success while participating in intercollegiate athletics. Student-athletes should meet with their athletic academic advisor on a regular basis to ensure compliance with University, Conference, and NCAA rules and regulations. Student athletes are also encouraged to meet with their College, Departmental, or Pre-Major advisor(s).
Center for Multicultural and Academic Initiatives:
The Center for Multicultural and Academic Initiatives is a comprehensive office that provides academic, personal, social and cultural support to first-year students from underrepresented backgrounds. To empower and retain students, advising is approached from a holistic perspective where the academic and personal needs of the students are addressed. The Center works collaboratively with college advisors to enhance the college experience for students.
The Honors Program provides individual academic advising each semester for Honors students with any academic major and those who are undecided. The advising includes assisting students in the selection of Honors courses, general advising for the major, helping undecided students to choose a major, and assisting upper-level students in completing Senior Honors Projects and fulfilling the other requirements for Graduation with University Honors. All Honors students are also encouraged to meet with their College, Departmental, or Pre-Major advisors.
Student Support Services:
Students who are participants in the Student Support Services program receive advice that is holistic in nature. The advising that takes place complements as well as supplements what s/he may receive in the college or department office. Participants and program advisors address academic, career, financial, and personal issues.