You and Your Advisor

"Good advising may be the single most underestimated characteristic of a successful college experience." - Richard Light, Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds (2001).

Take advantage of the advising process - it's a chance to get to know a faculty member in a different, unique, and meaningful way.

Some topics you can address with your advisor

  • Majors
  • Minors
  • Class schedule
  • Undergraduate research
  • Academic planning
  • Internships
  • Graduate school options
  • Career exploration
  • Networking and campus involvement

Tips for establishing a successful advising relationship

  • Remember advising is a 2-way street. Communication is an essential component of a successful advising relationship.
  • Actively participate in your advising sessions. Arrive at your advising appointment with a list of questions, ideas and/or potential class schedules.
  • Check-in with your advisor on a regular basis. Your advisor can be a great asset and ally for you as you prepare for your future, but you won't know this unless you take the time to invest in your advising relationship. While students must meet with their advisor at least once a semester, we encourage students to remain in contact with their advisors throughout the semester.

How do I get an academic advisor?

All degree-seeking students are required to have an academic advisor. Students are welcome to have multiple advisors (for example, a student with a Psychology major and Art minor can have an advisor in both academic areas).


Your first advisor will be your 178 Introductory Colloquium professor and during your first semester, you will be contacted via email so that an academic advisor can be assigned from within your major area of interest. Being assigned to a faculty advisor does not declare your major. Undecided students will be assigned a OneStop advisor.

Transfer and Post Baccalaureate (Teaching Licensure and 2nd Degree) students

You will be assigned a faculty advisor in your intended major and it usually takes a couple weeks into the semester to get all new transfer students assigned advisors. Undecided transfer students will be assigned a OneStop advisor and being assigned to a faculty advisor does not declare your major. Teaching licensure students will work with the Education department for a licensure advisor.

Graduate students

Contact the Master's of Liberal Arts staff for advisor assignments.

Dual-Enrollment, Visiting and Non-Degree students

You will not have an academic advisor.

To change your current advisor or get an additional advisor:

Students can bring a signed "Change of Advisor" form to OneStop with the signature of their new advisor and department chair if the student has already declared.  If students are unsure who to ask to be their advisor, please contact the department chair who can assign you an advisor. Students can also change their advisor on the "Major Declaration" form and department chairs can assign advisors when students declare.

Prepare for your advising appointment

Download a worksheet to help prepare for your first advising appointment.

  1. Run a GradPlan report to review your academic progress. If you have already declared your major, your major requirements will show up automatically. If you have not yet declared your major, select the “What if” option.
  2. Prepare a 2-year plan with a list of courses you want to take.
  3. Review the upcoming semester’s Class Schedule on the Registrar's website.
  4. Create a list of at least 3 questions you want to ask your advisor during your appointment. Remember to ask for your RAN so you can register for classes.
  5. Make sure you know your GPA, classification, and which date the registration system will open for you.

You are responsible for your success at UNC Asheville; your relationship with your advisor can be a pivotal component of this success. Feel free to ask your advisor or visit OneStop Student Services if you ever have any questions related to your academic progress or success.