Undergraduate Advising

Click Here to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Sarah Kortessis Meredith Larrabee
sarahkortessis@email.arizona.edu larrabee@email.arizona.edu

 

**When contacting your advisor:

  • Send all emails from your official UA Email account
  • Include your full name and student ID number in all correspondence
  • Be professional and courteous

 

All EEB and Biology advising is held in Life Sciences South, Room 233.

 

About Academic Advising

The University of Arizona is a large institution, with 35,000 students supported by 12,000 faculty and staff. While it’s easy to feel lost in the crowd, the University’s large size also means you have every resource you might need to successfully navigate your way to graduation. The first and most important resources available to you are the academic advisors in your home department. While a student at UA, you will have contact with one main advisor, who will help guide you through the process and warn you of hurdles you might not see coming. You should see your departmental advisor at least once a year.

Although academic advisors help you determine your academic requirements and what policies are important, keep in mind that you are responsible for knowing the policies that pertain to you. These official policies can be found here. If you are uncertain about a University policy, make an appointment to see your advisor. Remember, “Nobody told me” is not a valid excuse.

Advisor responsibilities (what we do)

  • Understand and clearly communicate policies, procedures, and requirements for graduation
  • Encourage and support students as they develop clear and attainable educational plans
  • Provide information about and strategies for utilizing campus resources and services
  • Assist students in understanding the purposes and goals of higher education
  • Monitor and accurately document students’ progress toward meeting their goals
  • Be available to meet for advising via office hours, telephone, or e-mail
  • Assist students in learning to make reasoned decisions for their educational plans
  • Maintain confidentiality

 

Advisee responsibilities (what you do)

  • Schedule regular appointments or make regular contact with your advisor
  • Come prepared to each appointment with questions or material for discussion
  • Be an active learner by participating fully in the advising experience
  • Ask questions if you do not understand an issue or have a specific concern
  • Keep a personal record of your progress toward meeting your goals
  • Complete all assignments or recommendations from your advisor
  • Gather all relevant decision-making information
  • Clarify personal values and goals and share these with your advisor
  • Know, understand, and communicate your interests and abilities to your advisor
  • Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies, and procedures
  • Accept responsibility for your decisions

 

Keeping you on track toward graduation requires preparedness on both the advisor’s and the student’s part. We prepare for every appointment by looking at your records and progress beforehand; you should do the same by knowing what questions you want to ask, reviewing your advisement report, and coming to your appointment prepared to take notes on the plan we develop together.