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Advising Syllabus

What is an advising syllabus?

Like a syllabus for a class, and advising syllabus lays out learning objectives, the relationship between an advisor and their students, and outlines both student and advisor expectations and/or responsibilities. It also describes how to contact your advisor, and what is expected of you when you come to an advising meeting.

Purdue Advising Mission Statement:

The mission of undergraduate advising at Purdue University is to partner with students, faculty, staff, departments, and administration to empower students to develop and implement an individualized plan for academic success, personal and career development, while integrating learning and enrichment within the University and community, as well as assisting students in understanding the nature, purpose, and value of higher education.

Goals of Advising:

My primary goal is to provide a collaborative atmosphere in which we work together to create a plan for your undergraduate education that will prepare you to accomplish your career and life goals. 

This syllabus is designed to ease your transition to college and outline what is expected of you during your academic advising appointments throughout your time at Purdue.  In addition, I have outlined what you will learn as a result of your work with advising, what you can expect from me and what I expect from you, as well as key issues that are relevant to you as you work your way through your Plan of Study.  This syllabus is to be used as a resource and guide.  Refer to it often throughout the semester and as we continue to talk about your life at Purdue University. For additional information, see Purdue's Academic Advising homepage.

Learning Objectives:

By participating in academic advising you will:

  • Identify fields of study that are consistent with your interests, abilities, and life goals
  • Know how to navigate myPurduePlan (MPP) and locate your degree worksheet
  • Develop and implement a meaningful educational plan using the Student Educational Planner (SEP) in myPurduePlan
  • Know how to locate University policies and procedures regarding registration, academic standing, and student conduct
  • Know where and how to access appropriate support services to accommodate your unique needs
  • Develop an awareness of your own personal responsibility within the advising process

Responsibilities in the Advisor-Student Partnership

Advisor Responsibilities

Student Responsibilities

Understand Purdue College of Science degree requirements and effectively communicate them

Schedule regular appointments and/or utilize walk-in hours during each semester

Provide a safe place in which to share your thoughts, aspirations, concerns, and interests

Understand your degree equirements and ask questions if you are unsure

Refer you to campus resources as appropriate

Keep a record of your academic progress and goals

Listen carefully to your questions, concerns, and interests

Accept responsibility for your decisions and actions

Maintain confidentiality

Come to appointments prepared

Encourage and support you as you gain the skills and knowledge necessary for success

Actively read my e-mail and be open to advice and developing your personal goals.

Assist you in making course and major decisions

Utilize campus resources to investigate career and life goals

Be available to you through walk-in hours, e-mail, and appointment times

Be courteous and attend the advising appointments you have scheduled on time or reschedule them



The University (and I) will only communicate with you via your e-mail account.  Please do not have this forwarded to your personal e-mail – you may miss important information that is sent out to large groups of students.  If you send me an e-mail from your personal account, per FERPA laws, I will not respond.

Please prepare before sending me an e-mail so that it includes all of the questions you are seeking answers to.  Multiple e-mails asking one question at a time, sent within minutes of each other cause a delay in response time and the likelihood of questions being missed.

Ensure a speedy reply by including your first and last name in all emails.  I have several students with very similar e-mail addresses and it is sometimes very difficult to figure out who the e-mail is from.  TIP:  You can create a signature in your e-mail so your name is always included!



You will check-in for all appointments and walk-in times in the Science Advising Office, MATH231.  (Click here for a map.)


You are required to meet with me, in person, once a semester to discuss registration.  You will not receive your PIN number unless you meet with me during your registration appointment time period.  If you schedule your registration appointment during the incorrect time period you may be asked to reschedule.  If you are a “No Show” to your registration appointment more than once, you may be required to wait until Open Registration to meet with me and obtain your PIN number.  

You are also required to meet with me, in person, following placement on Academic Probation.  This is to occur during the first two weeks of the semester following placement on probation and again midway through the semester. 

Please arrive on time and prepared for your appointments.  If you are more than five (5) minutes late you may be asked to reschedule.   If you arrive unprepared, you may be asked to reschedule.  

Registration Appointment Preparation:

You are required to be prepared for your advising appointments. This includes:

  • Reviewing your degree requirements and plan of study
  • Reviewing the Schedule of Classes to see what is being offered
  • Updating your Student Educational Planner (SEP) in myPurduePlan
  • Finding your time-ticket in myPurdue
  • Completing any surveys from me at least 24 hours before your appointment
  • Checking your degree audit worksheet in my PurduePlan (MPP) for any discrepancies
  • Preparing a list of questions
  • Preparing a rough list of courses you are interested in that meet your College of Science Core requirements

Violent Behavior:

Purdue University is committed to providing a safe and secure campus environment for members of the University community. Purdue strives to create an educational environment for students and a work environment for employees that promote educational and career goals. Violent Behavior impedes such goals. Therefore, Violent Behavior is prohibited in or on any University Facility or while participating in any University activity.  This includes academic advising appointments, offices, and waiting areas.


Purdue University is committed to maintaining a community which recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages each individual to strive to reach his or her own potential. In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the University seeks to develop and nurture diversity. The University believes that diversity among its many members strengthens the institution, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life.

Purdue University prohibits discrimination against any member of the University community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran. The University will conduct its programs, services and activities consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and orders and in conformance with the procedures and limitations as set forth in Executive Memorandum No. D-1, which provides specific contractual rights and remedies. Any student who believes they have been discriminated against may visit to submit a complaint to the Office of Institutional Equity. Information may be reported anonymously.


Please understand that I will not make decisions for you during our advising sessions.  I will provide you with the most accurate information available to me, and we will work together to create a realistic plan to accomplish your educational and career goals.  However, the educational choices you make are yours and the responsibility for knowing and fulfilling degree requirements rests with you.

**All of the above is subject to change.