About Academic Advising

We are here for you!

We know faculty at UNC Asheville are connected to their students and care about their success.  The advising office plays an important role in making sure you have the tools you need in order to best work with students. Have questions about using OnePort, helping students choose classes, or getting support resources for a student who is struggling? Let us know!

What is academic advising all about?

Most people think advising is just about classes, but it's more than that. Meeting with an advisor gives students a chance to talk about majors, minors, classes, and graduation, but they should also discuss other questions, concerns, or ideas they have about their time at UNC Asheville. Are they thinking about undergraduate research? As an advisor, you can help them find someone to guide and mentor them through their project. Is your advisee considering an internship? You may know someone in their area of interest who can help them set up an on- or off-campus experience. What about that trouble they're having with study skills or time management? You are someone who has worked on these skills throughout your time in academia, and you will have plenty of good advice for them.

Take advantage of the advising process--it is a chance to get to know students in important ways!

Who gets an academic advisor?

Undergraduate, degree-seeking students at UNC Asheville are required to see their academic advisor at least once a semester, and are strongly encouraged to stay in regular contact with them throughout the year. Advisors guide students through course scheduling, major/minor selection, career and graduate school planning, and personal and academic difficulties.

Students seeking a second degree or teacher licensure from UNC Asheville are also required to have an academic advisor.

Graduate students are assigned an advisor through the Master's of Liberal Arts program.

Dual enrollment, visiting, and non-degree seeking students are not required to have academic advisors, but we strongly recommend that they develop a relationship with a faculty or staff member to whom they can go with questions or concerns.

Concerned about a student?

Contact Advising & Learning Support or the Dean of Students. Faculty at UNC Asheville often interact with their students on a personal level. It is the closeness of faculty/student relationships that gives UNC Asheville the opportunity to reach out and help students in need in ways not always available at larger schools.

Students don't need to be in crisis before you let another UNC Asheville representative know of your concern. We can help students who are having difficulty with their roommates, having trouble balancing school and work, or those that are having trouble adjusting to UNC Asheville, in addition to those struggling with more serious issues like alcohol, drugs, abuse, or self-image.

You can also report a concern using this form.