About the Office
While keeping God First, the Office of Academic Advising and Retention seeks to support academic and personal success by equipping students with the skills to achieve their goals.
The office provides individual academic advising conferences for undeclared majors, monitors students who are on academic probation, promotes student development through discussion of abilities and appropriate personal and occupational choices, and provides General Studies information.
Academic advising at APU uses a two-pronged approach, meaning that we have faculty advisors in addition to our trained advising staff. Once you have declared a major, you will work with a faculty member in the department of your major. Since departments handle advising differently, check with your major’s department for more information.
It is recommended (and in some cases required) that students meet with an advisor each semester (March and October) while attending APU, prior to registering or preregistering. The advisor serves as a resource person who is available to explore life, vocation, and educational goals and growth, as well as aid in academic planning and course selection.
While the advisor is a guide and resource person, final responsibility for meeting requirements to complete a major and a degree program rests with the student.
Additional resources are available to assist in the many areas of planning and growth that occur during a student’s collegiate years. The Offices of Undergraduate Admissions and One Stop: Undergraduate Enrollment Services Center process the official records concerning a student’s progress toward academic completion of a program of study. The Office of Student Life, the Learning Enrichment Center, the Writing Center, the Math Center, and Career Services all provide individual guidance to students through testing, skills-development programs, counseling, and information sharing.
The Office of Academic Advising and Retention is here to help! Please feel free to contact us for further details.