Academic Advising

Academic Advising at Providence College is faculty-based, coordinated and supported by the Director of Academic Advising, and supplemented by academic departments and programs, a variety of pre-professional programs, and by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies.  Academic advising also involves collaboration with and referral to the Center for Career Education, Office of Academic Services, Personal Counseling Center, Office of the Registrar, and the Center for Global Education.

Goals and Objectives

With this mission in mind, advisors and advising programs:

  • Guide students through the transition and integration into college life
  • Promote programs and opportunities that enhance academic engagement, growth, and development of life-long learners
  • Teach students to recognize and utilize their unique personal potentials

Expectations of Academic Advisors

  • Be respectful and inclusive in your communications and interactions with your advisee
  • Inform your student about your advising style and expectations
  • Assist students in exploring and defining their interests, skills, and goals
  • Remain current with the Catalog and PC’s policies, procedures, deadlines, and requirements
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding student information while following FERPA guidelines at all times
  • Inform students of and provide appropriate referrals to campus resources that enhance their academic and/or personal experience at PC
  • Discuss plans-of-action
  • Help students to make decisions and take ownership of their choices

Expectations of Students

  • Develop a strong working relationship with your advisor, and make an appointment when requested and necessary
  • Be respectful and inclusive in your communications and interactions with your advisor
  • Prepare for and be active in your advising meetings and ask questions when you have them
  • Reflect on your personal interests, skills, and goals and share them with your advisor
  • Learn and understand the Catalog, Academic Guidebook and PC’s policies, procedures, deadlines, and requirements
  • Use the technological resources (CyberFriar, etc) available to help you make informed decisions toward and plan your degree requirements
  • Seek out additional faculty and staff who can assist you with your academic planning as needed
  • Follow through on plans-of-action identified during advising meetings
  • Take responsibility for completing your academic plan