What is Academic Advising?
Advising is a partnership in which an advisor helps a student learn how to make the most of their college experience. An Advisor’s job is to inform students of options, help them make decisions, and to help them to understand the consequences of different options. Advisors are here to help students navigate the complexity of the university and make the best decisions they can. We advise, but you decide.
Who do I talk to?
The Muir College Academic Advising office works with students who are undecided about their major; help students who are on academic probation; and explain campus policies, deadlines, general education requirements, and campus degree requirements. We help students develop their own graduation plans based on the campus sample plans. But students also have specialists who work in their major, who help them with major-specific questions. This means that students will have at least two advising offices throughout their time at UC San Diego. You can always start at Muir Advising if you aren’t sure where to go first and we will make referrals to where the best answer can be found.
Roles and Responsibilities
Muir Academic Advisors are expected to…
- Build personal relationships with the students they support.
- Uphold the core values of academic advising of the National Academic Advising Association: caring, commitment, empowerment, inclusivity, integrity, professionalism, and respect.
- Maintain confidentiality.
- Help students understand the purpose and role of higher education.
- Be accessible to students during posted hours and via the virtual advising center.
- Provide accurate and consistent information.
- To clarify academic requirements, deadlines, and policies and procedures to students navigate the campus bureaucracy.
- Help students identify appropriate academic and support programs and connect students with people and offices that provide those services.
- Encourage and support students in pursuing their academic and career plans.
- Provide useful feedback about students' plans and struggles.
- Assist students in analyzing, planning, and solving problems regarding their academic career.
We believe that students are responsible for making their own decisions. As a result, Muir Academic Advisors expect students to….
- Seek academic advising from appropriate advisors at appropriate times.
- Learn major, general education, and university requirements.
- Use the Academic History and Degree Audit to regularly check for accuracy and progress.
- Be actively involved in the advising process by coming to advisors with plans, goals, and ideas of what they want to achieve.
- Make use of campus resources to support wellness and academic success.
- Take responsibility for their choices and actions that affect academic progress.
Learning Goals from Advising
- Students understand what advisors do and how we can help.
- Students find a major in which they can be successful and develop a sense of how that major fits into their goals, strengths, and values.
- Students know what they need to do to complete a degree at UCSD.
- Students learn how to develop an appropriate course of study for their major, goals, and needs.
- Students learn how to make effective decisions and navigate the complexity of UC San Diego.
Advising In The First Year
- In week 1: Students who have concerns about their Fall grades should talk to an advisor.
- By the end of the quarter, see an advisor to declare or change a major.
- Optional: Start working on a career roadmap with the Career Center.
- Finalize your summer plans (Summer school? Internships? Work? Recharge?)
- Optional: Visit the Career Center.
After the first year, we suggest that students come in to see us at least once a year to keep on track for graduation.
Talking to An Advisor
- For simple, short questions: first consult the Frequently Asked Questions page, then if you can’t find an answer, drop a question on the Virtual Advising Center.
- We have Walk-ins throughout the quarter as noted on the Google calendar on our web site.
- Call 858-534-3580 to schedule an appointment. First-year students admitted as freshmen are directed to use Walk-in hours and can schedule an appointment starting in Spring Quarter of their first year.
Resources, Deadlines, and Policies