College and university academic advisors provide key information to - and answer questions from - current and prospect students of their institution. They handle advising duties in their area of expertise or department - for example, an advisor may work in a specific department or exclusively with incoming freshmen. Academic advisors also participate in recruiting and information events aimed at current and prospective students, as well as orientation meetings. They generally work full time in an office on campus and report their progress to their department's academic manager.
One of the academic advisor's main responsibilities include answering students' questions on university procedures, class admission requirements, class content policies, and requirements for graduation. They also advise students on a variety of subjects (such as students' course load and course selection) and provide key information on scholarship opportunities. Academic advisors are also involved in the registration process and handle issues related to academic standing. They track students' progress toward degree completion, evaluate transcripts, and oversee credit transfers. They maintain academic records and complete any administrative tasks as required.
A bachelor's degree in a relevant field is generally required for this job. Previous experience in a counseling capacity - as well as relevant certifications - may be preferred. Academic advisors must be organized and able to multitask on a variety of project at a time. They should work well with other advisors to reach all organizational objectives, as well as work well independently with minimum supervision.
Academic Advisor (College/University) Tasks
Assist students in understanding and reaching degree requirements.
Assess method of payment for services, initiate processing, may refer to specialist for financial options.
Provide outreach to students in danger of not completing degree requirements and identify at-risk scenarios.
Greet visitors, ascertain purpose of visit, and direct them to appropriate staff or department.
Assist in course registration and planning.