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Advising Partnership

Our Graduate Academic Advising description shares how our advising team collaborates with and supports you. Below are our expectations of your engagement in the advising partnership as a student:

  • Communicate respectfully with your advisors, faculty, fellow students and other members of the Fordham community
  • Be open to advising as part of a developmental process rather than a one-time, quick solution. Plan ahead, visit your advisor early and often, and develop an ongoing, working relationship with our team.
  • We will support you in reflecting on your goals, provide you with guidance, and assist in identifying resources and engagement activities, but ultimately, you are the leader of your own educational experiences and it is up to you to take action.
  • Hold yourself accountable to attending your advising commitments on time, and be sure to cancel 24 hours in advance if you are unable to attend your appointment. If you are more than ten minutes late to an advising appointment, you will need to reschedule to ensure there is adequate time to meet your needs in the allotted window.
  • Come to advising appointments prepared. Be familiar with DegreeWorks and available information on the website so our time can be focused on your individual experience and how it all applies to you
  • Review your progress on DegreeWorks each semester to ensure you are on track for meeting graduation credit, curricular, and GPA requirements.
  • If you are ever uncertain about policies, curriculum, or resources, please ask. We are here to support you!

Some topics you may wish to explore with your advisor:

  • Skills-building, goal-setting, and guidance in your program, such as registering for relevant coursework, establishing your concentration, major, and designation, and participation in enrichment activities
  • Insight on engagement and learning opportunities, including clubs, student competitions, study abroad, taking courses at other Jesuit schools, conferences, and faculty research centers 
  • Information to help you stay on track throughout your program 
  • Tutoring and other support mechanisms in place to assist when you are struggling academically
  • Guidance on university policies and procedures and partner offices providing essential resources and support