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 that serve alongside our Academic Success Coaches. Once you declare a major, you will work with that department to engage in the 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 an in-office Academic Success Coach. 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.

Why do we have Academic Success Coaches instead of Academic Advisors at APU?

We firmly believe that the academic advising relationship should be a true partnership between Academic Success Coaches and the student to accomplish comprehensive student success. We want to see you embrace an expanded vision of student success, which is much more than selecting the correct courses to graduate. Our coaches are committed to partnering with you throughout your time at APU to promote holistic thriving. Our team wants to see you academically engaged in your coursework, socially connected on campus, and growing in your faith and confidence as a difference maker. Our Academic Success Coaches are committed to having intentional conversations about ways you can apply your strengths, plan, and resources to be successful as a student here at APU.

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 Success Coaches serve as coaches and mentors by helping students 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.

Set 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 at advising@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.

Before your advising appointment, keep the following in mind:

  • 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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