10 Questions to Ask Your Academic Advisor

Your academic advisor is your best partner for a successful college experience. Here are 10 questions to ask them to get the most from that relationship.

Whether you’re registering for classes for the first time or returning to school after a long break, figuring out how to earn your college degree can be intimidating. But you have a secret weapon in your academic advisor. They are your best partner for a successful college experience, ready to help you step-by-step through your educational journey. Below are some tips and questions you should ask to make your relationship with your academic advisor as successful as possible.

1. Just what is an academic advisor, and how can they help me?

An academic advisor’s ultimate goal is to help you graduate, acting as a supporting agent throughout the entirety of your academic career.

2. What is the school's academic schedule?

An academic schedule will plan the courses you need to take to graduate. 

3. How long will my degree take to complete?

A bachelor’s degree usually takes four years, a master's two years, and a PhD several years.

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4. What is the cost of this degree?

Your academic advisor will be sure you understand all the costs involved in obtaining your degree.

5. What financial aid options are available to me?

Many options are available to assist you as you finance your education. The financial aid office will guide you with your FAFSA, which determines your federal grand and loan opportunities.

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6. Where do I learn about course books/materials needed for my classes?

Your academic advisor can provide information on book lists and other class materials needed prior to the start of each academic term, or they can tell you where to find this information. They'll make sure you have all the information you need to be successful in your course work.

7. I’m having trouble accessing the online classroom—who can help me?

Your academic advisor is trained to help you navigate your university’s virtual student environment. You don’t have to be technologically savvy to earn an online degree.

Related: Pros and Cons of an Online College Education

8. What resources are available to me while I complete my degree?

Your academic advisor can connect you with many available resources, including a comprehensive online library, student writing center, and career services counselor.

9. What happens when I complete all my course work?

You graduate. Congratulations on a major accomplishment!

10. I’ve earned one degree—what happens if I want to continue my education?

There are many bridge programs available to graduating students who wish to continue to advanced degrees. Your academic advisor can help you seamlessly transition to the next level.

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About Ben Smith

Ben Smith is the Union Institute & University Digital Marketing Manager and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership student. Union Institute & University is a nonprofit, regionally accredited university specializing in providing quality higher education degrees for adults nationwide. Today is the day to earn your degree. Click here to learn how UI&U can start you on your educational journey.


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