What is Academic Advising?

Academic advising is a critical part of the college experience. At Azusa Pacific, advising is decentralized, which means we have faculty advisors within each individual major department in addition to our Professional Advisors (Success Coaches). Each department approaches advising differently, so once you declare a major, you will work with that department to learn their advising process. If you have not declared a major, you have the option to be advised through the department of major interest, or meet with a Professional Advisor (Success Coach) through our office. Students who are familiar with the advising process and prepared for advising sessions are more likely to excel academically and be on track to graduate in four years.

How does academic advising happen?

Advising season happens once a semester (March and October), prior to registering for classes. Our office provides resources to help you explore life, vocation, and goals. The Academic Advisors (Success Coaches) serve as coaches and mentors to students by helping with academic planning, selecting classes, and navigating the college experience. We encourage students to schedule advising appointments, but also welcome students to come in at any time for assistance.

Setting up your advising appointment

  • If you have chosen a major, schedule your appointment in advance with the major department or department advisor directly. If you are undeclared, schedule your appointment with the Office of Academic Advising and Retention at advisingandretention@apu.edu.
  • If you have a double major or minor, visit both departments for advising needs.
  • In preparation for your appointment, please bring any questions that you have, a tentative schedule, summer course plans, and information about classes offered if you plan to study abroad.

During your advising appointment

  • Review class choices for the upcoming semester.
  • Be aware that mathematics and science classes have specific prerequisites, and some classes are offered only at certain points in the academic year.
  • Remember that your advisor is a guide and resource, but you make the decisions.

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