Our academic counselors offer individualized, student-centered academic counseling with all students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. We assist students in creating the most optimal academic plan to reach their learning objectives during their undergraduate careers as well as develop and hone required skills and knowledge in pursuit of their career aspirations. In addition to offering advising services, we help students develop a support network through our collaboration with other campus-wide resources.
Guidance through Degree Completion
Our academic counselors are available throughout every stage of a student's undergraduate career. We meet individually with students to assist with the creation and development of academic plans and provide additional support. Students should meet with an academic counselor at least once per semester to review their progress toward their Liberal Arts Core requirements and review their current progress toward degree completion.
Our professional staff is available to meet with students by appointment and during walk-in hours throughout the academic year. We help students understand the purpose of a liberal arts education and counsel students during the course of their academic careers. Areas of expertise include helping students to:
- Understand the Liberal Arts Core;
- Select courses, majors, and minors;
- Develop time management skills;
- Map strategies to improve academic performance;
- Identify academic enrichment opportunities;
- Maintain steady progress toward degree completion;
- Plan for graduate school or entry into the job market.
Students are assigned an individual academic counselor or lower-division facilty advisor from various departments at the beginning of their academic careers. These assigned individual advisors help students transition to college, discuss course selection and class schedules, and provide insights about the academic experience in the College of Arts and Sciences and opportunities available at Syracuse University. After students declare a major, typically during their first or second year, they are assigned a faculty advisor within the department or interdisciplinary program they are pursuing. These faculty advisors continue working with their students through graduation regarding their major interests and post-graduation planning. We recommend that all students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences visit our offices in 323 Hall of Languages to see an academic counselor at least once per semester throughout their academic careers to receive all fully available advising services, including Liberal Arts Core checks and a thorough review of progress toward degree completion each step of the way.
Student Records Specialists
Our Student Records Specialists assist students by:
- Maintaining academic records, which are private and only accessible to students, records specialists, advsiors and academic counselors;
- Processing petitions and academic forms; and
- Certifying degree completion for students pending graduation.
It is the student's responsibility to confirm the fact that he or she will satisfy degree requirements. When you have any questions or concerns about your outstanding degree requirements, we encourage you to visit us and consult with our academic counselors, who work collaboratively with the records specialists and office coordinators in our offices in 323 Hall of Languages.
Appointments and Drop-Ins
Students are welcome to speak with an academic counselor about individual questions or concerns by appointment. Please call 443-3150 to schedule an appointment regarding academic plans, strategies, and goals; pre-law, pre-health, pre-professional, and career plans; and other topics of interest to you.
Academic counselors are available for 15-Minute Drop-Ins every day of the week to discuss academic matters that require shorter discussions, answer brief questions or review core checksheets. Students sign in for a Drop-In at 323 Hall of Languages. Drop-In hours are:
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
Forms for Academic Actions
Many of the forms for academic actions are available online. Visit the Academic Forms page of our website to view and print forms, including petitions, declarations of majors and minors, independent study proposals, withdraw forms, and others. Have questions about the process? Please visit us at 323 Hall of Languages to speak to an academic counselor.
Need an Unofficial Transcript?
Students can view and print an unofficial transcript from myslice. Under Student Services, click on My Academics and then select View My Advising Transcript. Note: It may take a few minutes to load.
Need a Core Check?
It is a good idea to review your progress toward degree requirements at least once each semester. To view your core checksheet and review your progress with an academic counselor, visit 323 Hall of Languages for a Drop-In visit.
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Important Academic Dates and Deadlines
Students are responsible for understanding and abiding by certain academic deadlines for many academic actions, such as registering for classes, adding, dropping or withdrawing from classes. They are additionally responsible for attending courses when the academic semester is in progress, and for attending all reading days and final exams. To fully understand important academic dates and deadlines, visit the academic calendar.