Academic Advising at York U

Posted by Sophie Morgan on August 7, 2018


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York University has more than 100 undergraduate programs: with so many options, it’s important to find academic advice specific to your program. This is where York U’s Academic Advising professionals come in! If you have any questions about your academic pathway, from your general education courses to degree requirements, you should reach out to an Academic Advisor. These individuals work with their colleagues in the YU Community to create a web of support where students can ask for advice or guidance about programs, units or Faculties at York U. Continue reading today’s #YUBlog post about Academic Advising to learn more about this amazing resource!

Success Tip: YU START is a great tool for first-year York U students. YU START can help you understand the course selection process, your degree checklist, how to book an Academic Advising appointment and more! Be sure to check out our previous #YUBlog post, “Prepare for Your First Year with YU START” for everything you need to know about the online platform.

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You can visit an Academic Advisor any time during your years at York U!

What is Academic Advising?

Academic Advising is a key service that provides students the opportunity to work closely with a knowledgeable expert and access the information and guidance they need to succeed in their academic careers. It is also a support resource that enables students to speak with advisors who can help them make the right academic decisions. It’s not only for first-year students either; ALL students – be they in second, third or fourth year – will benefit from regular interactions with an academic advisor.

Success Tip: It’s important to be prepared when you see your Academic Advisor so your appointment runs as smoothly as possible. Make sure you come ready with questions and an understanding of your program’s Degree Requirements, Degree Progress Report and/or degree checklist!

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It’s a good idea to share your academic plans and ideas with your Academic Advisor, so they can help you make suitable academic decisions!

Why Should I Use Academic Advising?

As a York U student, you should take advantage of the support offered by Academic Advising professionals. These advisors can help you make informed and thoughtful choices about your academic pathway as you progress through your program.

More importantly, Academic Advisors can keep your informed about:

  • Faculty and academic policies;
  • Your program and degree requirements;
  • Degree options (major/minor/certificate);
  • Electives and general education courses;
  • Your graduation status;
  • Your Degree Report and academic standing;
  • Peer mentoring and study groups; and
  • Referrals to academic and campus services/resources.

You can visit your Academic Advisor as many times as needed at any point throughout your studies. However, it’s a good idea to go at least once a year for a periodic degree audit with your advisor to make sure you’re on track toward completing your degree!

Success Tip: Try to complete your general education courses within your first two years at York U. This will give you time to follow new interests that might arise from them. Be sure to check out York U’s General Education Courses webpage and our previous #YUBlog post on general education courses and electives, “York U General Education Courses & Electives” for more information!

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Pro tip: you can avoid the long line ups in the Academic Advising Offices if you drop by in the mornings.

How do I Find my Academic Advising Office?

Each Faculty has their own Academic Advising Office. Be sure to review York U’s Academic Advising webpage to see which Faculty advising office corresponds with your program of study. I also recommend that you visit your department for department-specific guidance!

Success Tip: There are countless resources at York U that can help you as you complete your degree. A list of these amazing resources can be found on our previous #YUBlog post, “15 Resources for Any York Student“.

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You can visit both your Faculty and/or Department Academic Advisors for all the information you may need!

It’s important to note that Academic Advisors provide assistance with academic issues only. If you have any questions about financing your studies, Student Financial Services is the resource for you! You can also visit York U’s Academic Resources webpage for even more services.

Academic Advising at York U is a fantastic resource that is suitable for any student in any year. As the Fall term approaches, this valuable support service is here for any academic question you may have!

If you have any questions about Academic Advising, please comment below to tweet us at @YorkUStudents!

Sophie Morgan
Sophie Morgan

Sophie Morgan is a second-year Professional Writing and French Studies double major at York U. She is an avid writer, a baking enthusiast and a full-time cat-sitter. She hopes that her posts will inform and inspire both prospective and current York U students!

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