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What to Expect from Advising

A successful advising relationship is a collaborative effort between both you and your advisor.

Forms of Advising

The Center for Career and Academic Planning (CCAP) is a great place to start if you have questions related to your degree progress or academic path at St. John Fisher College. Your advising team will evolve as you advance academically, and may contain several of the College's advising professionals, including both faculty and CCAP advisors.

Faculty Advisors can provide assistance with:

  • Focus with majors
  • Course selection
  • Professional development opportunities within your major
  • Field of study expertise
  • Research opportunities

CCAP Advisors can provide assistance with:

  • Changing or declaring majors
  • Registration issues
  • Overcoming academic hurdles
  • Conducting career research and guidance
  • Identifying internships and career opportunities

Advising Throughout Your Academic Career

All students are welcome (and encouraged) to access advising services throughout their time at Fisher. The CCAP staff are here to help you achieve your personal academic goals. Advising services may take many forms at Fisher, depending on your degree progress and academic path.

  • First-year students are assigned a freshman advisor to assist with course selection, identifying academic resources, and declaring a major. 
  • Sophomore, junior, and senior students who have selected a major are assigned a faculty advisor from their program’s department.
  • Transfer students work with a CCAP advisor to assist with course selection, transfer credits, and transfer-specific resources. Transfer students will be assigned a faculty advisor.
  • Students who have not chosen a major will be assigned a CCAP advisor.

What You Can Do

Your advising team is here to support your academic and personal success. The guidelines below list some of the ways you can develop and maintain an effective relationship with your advisor.

  • Meet with your faculty advisor at least once a semester (well in advance of course registration) to plan your classes for next semester.
  • If you experience difficulty achieving your academic goals, schedule a meeting with your faculty advisor as soon as possible.
  • Inform your faculty advisor of any life changes or academic plans which may affect academic performance and educational goals.
  • Consult regularly with your faculty advisor to monitor your progress toward graduation or discuss general issues.