What is advising at UIC?

The Role of Academic Advising in Your Undergraduate Studies

The academic advising process is consultative in nature. Advisors are well-informed of the rules and regulations affecting student actions, the requirements for various programs, and other pertinent information for academic planning. They are an important resource for strategies and planning. However, advisors do not always have authority in academic matters; it is your responsibility to verify that your plans conform to printed requirements and seek special approvals if needed from your college office.

In any academic advising program, it is possible that you will propose an action with which your advisor cannot agree. Your advisor is responsible for informing you of the more appropriate course of action. Nevertheless, final decisions relative to course scheduling and program planning are yours to make, and you must assume primary responsibility for such decisions, particularly when your decisions are inconsistent with the requirements of your major and college.

Successful academic advisement depends on the relationship you and your advisor develop. The advising relationship should address specific components of academic advising and enable you and your advisor to carry out your individual responsibilities in the advising process.