Academic Advising

Academic advising is an integral part of undergraduate education at the University of Kentucky. The goal of all academic advising is to assist students in taking responsibility for developing meaningful educational plans compatible with their potential and their career and life goals. Advising is more than the imparting of specialized information; it includes helping students formulate important questions about the nature and direction of their education and helping them find answers to those questions. Advisors will confer with students about course schedules and educational experiences, but students themselves are responsible for their academic program and for making progress toward an academic degree.

As students progress through their academic programs, their advising needs change. At the University of Kentucky, academic advisors help students meet these changing needs. Faculty advisors are key to understanding the nature of the academic program and how it can address student interests and goals. Professional advisors maintain up-to-date information on university requirements, academic policies, procedures, and deadlines; they also provide guidance for the exploratory student. Support offices such as the Counseling Center, Student Support Services, the Stuckert Career Center, and the Office for Institutional Diversity can help students refine their academic interests and goals. Students should refer to specific college, school, and departmental advising materials for details on specific advising programs.


Academic Advising Mission Statement

The mission of academic advisors, both faculty and professional, is to:

  • assist students in taking responsibility for developing meaningful education plans compatible with their potential and their career and life goals;
  • help students formulate important questions about the nature and direction of their education and assist them in finding answers to those questions;
  • assist students in acquiring accurate and timely information regarding academic policies, procedures, and requirements;
  • facilitate the successful transition of prospective, continuing and nontraditional students to the academic and campus environment.

Within the advising system at the University of Kentucky, both students and advisors have responsibilities.

Students are responsible for:

  1. knowing the requirements of their particular academic program; selecting courses that meet those requirements in an appropriate timeframe; and monitoring their progress toward graduation;

  2. consulting with appropriate advisors designated to handle the kind of questions or concerns they have; 

  3. scheduling and keeping academic advising appointments in a timely manner throughout their academic career, so as to avoid seeking advising only during busy registration periods; and

  4. being prepared for advising sessions.

Advisors are responsible for:

  1. helping students clarify their options, goals and potential, and understand themselves better;

  2. helping students understand the nature and purpose of a college education;

  3. providing accurate information about educational options, requirements, policies and procedures;

  4. helping students plan educational programs and monitor and evaluate their educational progress; and

  5. referring students to appropriate campus resources.