Questions to Ask Your College Advisor

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Get prepared to meet with your college advisor with this article. You'll learn about the kinds of questions you should ask your advisor regarding academics, job options, and your unique college experience.

How Do I Finish My Program in 4 Years?

Many colleges are suffering from overcrowding in certain classes. This results in some classes filling up quickly and preventing you from getting the credits you need. Make sure you work with your advisor to set up a personalized 4-year plan that goes over:

  • All your required courses
  • Your possible electives
  • The number of credits you have to complete

Make sure you develop a schedule that allows you to fulfill all of your graduation requirements within a 4-year period.

What Courses Can I Take if I'm Interested in Several Majors?

You may or may not have to pick out a major in your first semester of college, but choosing not to settle on a major doesn't mean that this semester will be useless. Speak to your advisor about the majors that appeal to you the most. Your advisor can then provide you with information about classes that fit any of the majors you're interested in. That way, when you do decide how you want to focus your studies, you'll already be on your way!

How Are My Classes Graded?

Grading systems vary across different university systems, so make sure you speak with your advisor about the rules at your school. You should also discuss the minimum GPA you'll need to maintain for the program you choose.

What Transfer Options Do I Have?

If you're attending a community college or other 2-year program, you should familiarize yourself with your transfer options as soon as possible. Find out what 4-year colleges accept transfer credits from your school. Check if your credits will transfer out of state if you're interested in studying further from home. Working with your advisor early on will save you a lot of stress when it comes time to transfer.

What Jobs Can I Get with This Degree?

Your advisor is a great resource when it comes to career information. Ask about the possible career options you'll have once you finish your degree. If you find that the opportunities you're looking for aren't available, your advisor can also help you find a different major, or perhaps a minor that will make you more employable. College advisors can also provide you with information regarding internships, on-campus work opportunities or alumni connections.

How Can I Succeed in College?

Your advisor is already familiar with the campus and surrounding area and can provide you with the information you need to make the transition to college life easier. You might be able find clubs or groups that interest you, or even get in touch with student aid organizations. Speaking with your advisor can also allow you to get ahead in any graduate school options you may be considering.

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