Responsibilities of Students & Advisors

An advising relationship can be a great way for students and advisors to be part of a community and for students to have a trusted resource on campus.  Academic Advisors serve as a way to ensure that courses are appropriate and students are working toward their academic goals and graduation.


In the University Advising Center at UNH, we want to make sure that students are working toward your declared major, completing your Discovery requirements, and finding the resources necessary to be successful and an attractive applicant to your career.


Student Responsibilities

  • Know who your advisor is
  • Gather relevant decision-making information, and accept responsibility for decisions
  • Keep your advisor informed about changes in your academic progress, course selection, and academic & career goals
  • Know how to find the home pages for your major interests and be able to find the requirements to declare
  • Be familiar with the Discovery program
  • Understand why you are registering for your classes & the classes that your advisor recommends
  • Keep your advisor informed in a timely manner when personal issues arise that interfere with academic progress so that your advisor can refer you to the appropriate resources and can help assess your academic progress fairly
  • Be familiar with general university policies, procedures, requirements and academic deadlines
  • Contact and keep in touch with your advisor
  • Come prepared to your meetings with your advisor
  • Understand that your advisor can suggest, recommend, remind you of rules and regulations, but that you have the primary responsibility for meeting program and degree requirements
  • Continually read and respond to emails from your advisor in your UNH email account.  Be aware that emails may also come during breaks!
  • Be familiar with myUNH, Wildcat Advising and DegreeWorks
  • Ask questions until you understand; we are here as a resource for you!
  • Clarify UNH policies, regulations, programs and procedures
  • Have availability to meet with you
  • Be knowledgeable about programs in which he/she advises
  • Communicate his/her expectations to you
  • Establish, post and maintain adqueate office hours throughout the semester with particular emphasis given to registration and the add/drop period
  • Refer you to appropriate sources of information and services
  • Offer advice on selecting courses and to assist you in developing your academic plan
  • Be a responsive listener and to refer you to appropriate support services
  • Discuss candidly with you your academic performance and the implications of your performance on your future
  • Assist you in the transition from college to career
  • Respond to your e-mail correspondence in a timely manner
  • Maintain confidentiality according to FERPA