Step One: Determine who your advisor is

Your academic advisor is assigned based on your campus, major, and program.

Step Two: Contact your advisor

Plan ahead since it can take up to 10 days to for your advisor to have an opening to meet with you.

Call your advisor

Leave a voice mail message if no one answers and include the following information in the message:

  • Your name
  • Your UA Student ID number
  • Your phone number
  • Why are calling (e.g. I am an education major and I need help selecting my fall 2016 classes)
  • Indicate that you will send a follow up email
  • Thank you!

Email your advisor

Write a professional email including the following:

  • Subject line (e.g. request for academic advising)
  • The information you left in your voice mail message
  • Request an appointment in person or on the phone if you are not in the same location as your advisor.
  • Indicate some days and times that you are available to meet.
  • See a Sample Email to an Academic Advisor

If you do not hear back within a few days, call and email again.  If you still do not hear back, seek out another connection in your academic department or ask for assistance from the Admissions or Student Services office at your school.

Step Three: Make the most of your advising experience

Before you go:

  • Prepare a list of questions or topics to discuss.
  • Come prepared with a list of your strengths and weaknesses as well as a list of your educational goals.
  • If this is your first appointment, bring a copy of your high school transcript and placement scores.
  • Check out the UAA course catalog at uaa.alaska.edu/records/catalogs to familiarize yourself with your program requirements.
  • Browse the class schedule in UAOnline and bring a list of courses you are interested in and the times at which they meet: have a backup list in case your primary selections are full.
  • Look over the Academic Dates and Deadlines Calendar and be aware of add/drop and withdrawal deadlines for the upcoming semester.

During your appointment:

  • Be at a computer with an internet connection if your appointment is on the phone so you can look at your program information in your college catalog or Degree Works (in your UAOnline account) during the discussion of placement and what courses to take.
  • Ask for written documentation of the specific course numbers and titles you need to take (e.g. MATH A105 Intermediate Algebra and ENGL A111 Introduction to Composition) and proper course sequencing.
    • Follow up email from your advisor OR
    • Degree plan in Degree Works

After your appointment:

  • Maintain an academic portfolio with notes from your advising meeting, your test results, current resume, career research, etc.
  • Schedule out regular appointments with your academic advisor - the more times you meet your advisor the more likely you are to be successful in your college career.
  • Seek Financial Aid advising and create a plan to pay for your education. Kodiak College Financial Aid Coordinator Nancy Castro is available for individual appointments.  Contact her at (907) 486-1214 or ncastro2@alaska.edu to set up a time to meet.