Academic Advising FAQ

Outcomes you should expect from your advising appointment

1.   Why do I need academic advising?

  • To help you understand academic requirements including the DSU Plan for General Education and Major requirements.
  • To assist you in developing a successful academic plan.
  • To help you set goals for yourself and identify resources on campus that can help you reach your goals.
  • To establish a professional ally for petitioning, references, and referrals.
  • To assist you in understanding the registration process.

2.   What do Advisors do?

  • Provide academic advising for all students throughout their tenure in college.
  • Serve as a University resource for students.
  • Counsel students on personal, academic, and career concerns.
  • Meet with students experiencing academic difficulties at mid-term and the end of the semester.

3.    What can I expect from my academic advising appointment?

  • A general conversation about how things are going.
  • Discussion of your Degree Audit Report.
  • Review of your DSU general Education Plan and academic department Requirements.
  • Explanation of the 2nd semester registration process.
  • Review of the academic calendar, course schedule book, and the DSU Bulletin.
  • Resource and referral Information.
  • Discussion about your major or the anxieties about being undecided. Click her for a resource: Advising for Undecided Majors

4.   What do Hall Managers do?

  • Manage the overall operation of the residence hall.
  • Supervise the Student Staff Members and Graduate Assistants.
  • Meet with every resident individually.
  • Serve as a University resource for students.
  • Counsel students on personal, judicial, academic, and career concerns.
  • Meet with students experiencing academic difficulties at mid-term and the end of the semester

5.   What can I expect from my appointment with my Hall manager?

  • A general conversation about how things are going.
  • Discussion of your experience at DSU including the hall.
  • Review your career plans career goals and how your classes fit into those goals.
  • Explanation of the staff responsibilities, expectations of the community and your role in the community.
  • Review of social activities, your choices, resources and your outlook about making a mark on the DSU and the world.
  • Resource and referral Information.

6.   What don't they do?

  • Tell students what classes to take.
  • Tell students what to major in.
  • Follow-up with students on a daily basis.

7.   Your Adviser or Hall Manager should be the first person you talk to when:

  • You are struggling in one or more of your classes.
  • You are thinking about dropping a class.
  • You want to withdraw from the University.
  • You are confused about your major. Click here for a resource: Advising for Undecided Majors
  • You want to make changes to your schedule.
  • You are not sure about a University policy.
  • You are not performing as well academically as you'd like.
  • Your midterm grades are not what you expected.
  • Your first semester grades resulted in you being on academic probation.
  • You need to petition a University regulation.
  • You're not sure where to get help.
  • Extenuating circumstances keep you out of class for more than 3 days in a row.
  • You're not happy at Delaware State University .

8.   Successful registration is dependant upon you, the student:

  • Read all information you receive pertaining to academic advising.
  • Attend departmental info sessions and fairs meeting.
  • Be on time for your appointment.
  • Bring a printed copy of your Degree Audit Report to your appointment.
  • Bring your DSU Bulletin to your appointment.
  • Write down courses you are interested in taking second semester.
  • Bring your departmental major information/materials to your appointment.
  • Write down questions for your Adviser.

Be willing to make the process a joint effort between you and your Adviser.