Advising is a partnership between the student and the academic advisor; it is essential to the academic experience and vital to student success. Academic advisors are the primary contacts to the SPS student community; they guide and support students in achieving their academic, personal and professional goals. Students are responsible for being fully engaged in their academic experience by making informed decisions about their academic, professional and personal goals.
Academic advisement is an integral part of the student experience at SPS. Advisors work to prepare the next generation of leaders by helping students achieve their individual goals while upholding the mission of the school.
Role of Advisor
- Guide and support students in achieving their academic, personal and professional goals throughout their NYU student experience
- Explain degree requirements including pre-requisites and course sequences
- Assist with developing an academic plan that meets degree requirements for the successful completion of the degree and the maintenance of good academic standing
- Connect students with appropriate campus resource offices and/or faculty to provide additional support as needed
- Monitor progress toward educational goals and degree completion.
Role of Student
- Take ownership of their academic experience by learning their degree requirements including pre-requisites, electives, and course sequencing
- Seek out appropriate campus resource offices and/or faculty to provide additional assistance as needed
- Actively seek out professional development opportunities by engaging with faculty, on-campus career resources and alumni. Familiarize themselves with student services and academic resources at the School and University
- Learn and adhere to institutional policies and procedures and deadlines that govern undergraduate or graduate study ranging from drop/add dates and withdrawal deadlines to academic and student conduct policies.
Academic Planner is an online tool that students and advisors can use collaboratively to plan students’ paths to graduation, term by term. Watch a training video and find answers to FAQs on the Academic Planner website.
When to Meet with an Advisor
Students are assigned an advisor shortly after admission. Students meet with an academic advisor at least once a semester to discuss course selections for the following term, but can also schedule additional meetings as questions arise throughout the year. We encourage you to meet with your advisor as often as you like.
To get the most out of your meeting with your advisor, it’s important to come prepared. Here are some tips:
- Review your academic degree requirements ahead of time.
- Make a list of courses you are interested in taking.
- Review your record in Albert to review any holds.
Tips for a Successful Academic Career
- Stay in control of your life, never miss classes, and don’t fall behind in your studies.
- Familiarize yourself with the degree requirements.
- Jot down any questions you have to ensure they are addressed in the meeting(s) with your adviser.
- Before seeing your advisor, prepare your schedule on a Registration Worksheet following that plan.
- Select course sections in the course schedule book and on Albert to create a workable schedule.
Refine Study Skills
- Developing good study skills is an important aspect of a successful student.
- Know how to study; learn all the tips and tricks to optimal studying.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- You should initiate a partnership with your professors.