Academic Advising

Academic Advising

Why do I have to be academically advised?
Academic advising allows students to clarify their desired educational goals in relation to Eastern Gateway degree offerings. For continuing and former students, your faculty advisor will review your progress on the core curriculum, review your major eligibility, discuss applicable academic policies, make individualized course recommendations for the upcoming semester, and make other applicable recommendations.

How often do I have to be advised?
You are required to meet with your faculty advisor twice per year (once for the summer/fall term and once for the spring term). Eastern Gateway advises year round. We encourage students to be advised early. If you are a continuing or former student and cannot facilitate time with your faculty advisor, TRiO Student Support Services/Academic Advising will be able to advise you. Early advising prepares you to participate in registering for courses early. 

Is there any way that I can be e-advised?
Student e-mail advising is available year-round through Eastern Gateway and through Self-Service.

Where do I go if I need help adjusting my schedule?
See your faculty advisor or Eastern Gateway has provided an excellent guide to show you how to use Self-Service. Advisors/counselors and the staff in TRiO Student Support Services/Academic Advising also assist students with schedule adjustments. However, it is the student's responsibility to learn how to use Self-Service or see a faculty advisor.

What resources are available that can help me improve my academic performance?
Eastern Gateway provides academic support services. Some of these resources include:

How do I add, drop, and/or withdraw from my classes once I am enrolled in it?
Review the Add, Drop, and Withdrawal dates for the specific semester. Before that date, you will need to go to your faculty advisor or TRIO Student Support Services/Academic Advising to fill out an add, drop, and/or withdrawal form or use Self-Service for add and drop only. Make sure you speak with someone in financial aid to ensure that your grants and scholarships are not affected.

There are so many majors, how do I decide on one?
You may have an intended major in mind or no idea as to what major to choose. Take advantage of services that can assist you in exploring your major interests. Eastern Gateway's Career Planning and Admissions offers a variety of resources and career search tools and strategies that can assist you in your search for a career to pursue. Your faculty advisor is also well qualified to discuss career and major options with you along with advisors/counselors in TRiO Student Support Services/Academic Advising.

When should I choose a major?
Departments have differing major requirements as specified in the college catalog. Your faculty advisor can also help you plan to meet your specific requirements and if you are comfortable with your choice, will encourage you to declare. Some majors require that certain core courses be completed with a specific grade or taken in sequence before admission, while others do not. In most cases, students do not have to complete the entire core to meet the admission requirements to a major. Your major requirements can be found in the college catalog.

What if Eastern Gateway does not offer my major?
Student planning to transfer to academic programs not offered by Eastern Gateway are responsible for contacting the transfer coordinator at Eastern Gateway and the institution to which they will transfer in order to ensure that coursework taken at Eastern Gateway will satisfy degree requirements at the other institution.

What do I need to do?
Keep in mind that courses repeated at another institution are not subject to Eastern Gateway's repeat course policy and do not replace Eastern Gateway quality points which are used to calculate your Eastern Gateway grade point average. Students may complete specified courses (general education) anywhere in the college/university system as well as many courses in the degree/major that have been pre-identified for transfer. Check with the transfer coordinator or faculty advisor to ensure the proper transfer of courses.

What if I have other questions?
If you have additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment to speak with one of our advisors/counselors, call or come by TRiO Student Support Services/Academic Advising, or call or visit your faculty advisor.