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Questions to Ask Your Advisor

Whether you are meeting your advisor for the first time or for the last time, it can be an overwhelming experience. Here are some ideas that can help you develop important questions for your advisor:

  • How flexible is this major?
  • What classes are required for this major (Math, foreign language, etc)?
  • What skills will this major help me develop?
  • How many classes should I take every semester?
  • What kind of careers can I pursue with a degree in this major?
  • Do you think I need to get a higher degree? What should I do to prepare for graduate study?
  • Can I change my major? How?
  • Should I pursue a minor area of study? What minor would be most beneficial for my career path?
  • Is an internship required for this major? Would one be beneficial to me?
  • What other campus resources do you suggest I utilize? If I’m struggling academically, what resources should I utilize?
  • Am I on-track to graduate?
  • When and how can I register for classes?
  • Do you suggest taking online courses? Why or why not?
  • What academic goals should I set for myself?
  • What, exactly, is your role as my advisor?
  • What electives do you suggest I take?
  • If I have any questions, what is the best way to reach you?
  • What courses do you teach?
  • Do you have any advice or tips for me?