Advising FAQs

As a new student, you will visit the Advising Center in Student Services for your first advising session and to have your first educational plan created. Shortly after your first semester begins, you will be assigned a faculty advisor who will be your advisor until you graduate or change your major. Below are some frequently asked questions about faculty advisors.



What does a faculty advisor do?

Your faculty advisor is a faculty member within your program of study who will guide you through your major. Your advisor will assist you with course planning and can answer specific questions about how to put your degree to work for you after graduation. If you are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university, your advisor can answer your questions about transfer issues. 



Can I make an appointment to see my faculty advisor?

Yes. Appointments may be made by telephone or you may visit your advisor during designated office hours.




Will my faculty advisor help me pick out my classes?

Your faculty advisor will offer guidance and make suggestions about course choices that will help you achieve your educational goals. It is suggested that you plan ahead and review course offerings for each semester and compare those to the classes listed with your major in the Mitchell Catalog. Preparing ahead of time can make your advising time more productive and rewarding.




How do I apply for graduation?

Visit your advisor to complete an Application for Graduation by the deadline dates published in both the catalog and college course schedule.




Do I need to make an appointment with my faculty advisor to register for classes?

Registration and advising are not the same thing. Meet with your advisor to plan your upcoming semester before registration.


It's always a good idea to contact your advisor to make an appointment for advising. However, each faculty advisor maintains a posted office hour each day to assist students. Feel free to visit your advisor during this office hour.

Registration times are listed in each semester's schedule. Check with your advisor to see if he or she has a sign-up sheet for registration or if you should just drop in.



What is the difference between a counselor and a faculty advisor?

A counselor helps you initially with your testing, explanation of the academic programs and requirements, and career counseling to make sure your choice of majors is right for you. 


Your faculty advisor is a faculty member in your program of study who knows the program intimately. He or she can offer you specific information on when certain courses are typically offered, what graduates of the program are doing after graduation, and what steps you need to take for co-op placement. You will develop a relationship with your advisor while you are at Mitchell. You may even take courses with your advisor.



When should I see my faculty advisor?

Registration is not when you should seek out advising. This is when advisors are scheduled to sign up students for classes. Advising can take place any time during the year, but it is probably best to meet with your advisor a couple of weeks prior to registration. October has been designated "Advising Month." This is an excellent time to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss your progress toward graduation and your course options for the upcoming semester.




If I don't know who my faculty advisor is, how do I find out?

You may visit Student Services and meet with a counselor to find out who your advisor is. You can also locate this information on WebAdvisor under the My Profile link.




If I change my major, can I keep the same advisor?

No, you can only keep the same advisor if he or she is also an advisor for your new program of study.




After meeting with my advisor, I'm not sure if the program I picked is really what I want. What do I do?

You are never stuck in a program of study. Your program of study can be changed at any time. For a lot of students, changing majors is a normal part of the college experience. 


To make sure you make the best decision about your major, meet with someone in the Counseling Center and do some career exploration. This is an excellent way to identify a wide variety of occupations that may be suited for you, and then you can discuss these possibilities further with the counselor to come up with the best fit.



Who should I contact if I have a concern about my faculty advisor?

It is best to express your concerns directly to your advisor. Even though this may feel intimidating at first, it will not be as difficult as you fear. Your concern may have arisen from a lack of good communication, misunderstandings about course sequencing or poor preparation for the advising session on either of your parts. Opening up a dialog with your advisor about your concern may facilitate a better understanding of your advisor's point of view and your advisor will learn more about your educational goals. If you and your advisor got off on the wrong foot, this discussion can help get both of you back on a productive track. 


If you have questions about bringing up a challenging topic with your advisor, see a counselor in Student Services for assistance.



How will WebAdvisor fit into my relationship with my faculty advisor?

It really shouldn't change your relationship at all. But, it can make your advising sessions more productive. 


WebAdvisor is a tool you can use to explore availability of courses each semester and view your grades and other academic information. After your first semester, you will be able to register for classes online via WebAdvisor.

WebAdvisor cannot replace your faculty advisor. Your faculty advisor is there to guide you so you complete your degree. Your advisor is a valuable source of information about your major and how your major will help you in the workforce once you've graduated.

After you have told your advisor about your academic strengths and weaknesses, work and family responsibilities and your timeframe for completing your degree, your advisor can assist you in making wise course choices each semester.

You may want to use WebAdvisor to check which classes in your program of study you have completed and which ones are still in progress. This way you can work with your advisor to complete your remaining courses.



What if I disagree with the courses recommended by my advisor? Do I have to take them?

Advising is a dynamic process where give and take on both sides is encouraged and expected. Your advisor makes suggestions based on his or her best information about you and your educational goals. For instance, if you can only attend school on a part-time basis, make sure your advisor is aware of this.


Remember that your advisor is there to help you complete your degree and if you are asking to take classes outside of your major he or she may try to guide you back to your program of study. If you are finding courses in other programs more interesting, you may want to talk to a counselor about exploring other educational areas and possibly changing your major.

If you are receiving financial aid, taking extra courses may affect your ability to complete your program prior to exhausting your financial aid.


How do I access WebAdvisor?

Click on the link to WebAdvisor in My Mitchell. When you get to WebAdvisor, click Log In at the top right corner of the page. There are detailed instructions there that will assist you in accessing your WebAdvisor account.




What if I have trouble logging into WebAdvisor?

Call the WebAdvisor support line at (704) 978-5492.