At the undergraduate day level, faculty advisors serve as students’ primary resource for advising. There also are two Advising Centers that provide additional support. The William F. Leahy Advising Center serves students in the Haub School of Business. The Advising Support Center serves students in the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Health Studies & Education.
Faculty advisors and the Advising Centers collaborate to help students make informed decisions about their education and to empower them to be responsible and independent learners. Although ultimately it is the student’s responsibility for making decisions and planning their education, faculty advisors and the Advising Centers are available to guide students at every step of the process.
Below outlines the core responsibilities that the student, faculty advisor, and student have in the advising process.
Your Role & Responsibility
It is expected that you will take responsibility for your future by actively engaging in planning and decision making related to your education and career. Ultimately, you are responsible for your academic success!
Specifically, it is expected that you will:
- Be proactive and ask questions
- Become familiar with the Saint Joseph’s University Academic Catalog. Know the requirements for your program of study and understand university and departmental policies and procedures that pertain to the major/minor
- Be familiar with the academic calendar and important deadlines
- Verify the accuracy of your academic records on the Nest
- Ask questions! If you don’t understand a policy or procedure, ask questions until you do understand
Your Faculty Advisor
If you have declared a major, you will be assigned a faculty advisor in your major department or program. If you are an undeclared student, our office will match you with a faculty advisor who is prepared to help you explore options and make decisions about your major. First Year Students are required to meet with their faculty advisors twice per semester to review midterm grades and to complete pre-registration advising and obtain a registration PIN. All other students are required to meet with their advisors once each semester for pre-registration advising for the following semester.
How do I Find my Faculty Advisor?
To look up your faculty advisor’s name, log onto The Nest:
- Click on the Students Tab in the top right section of the page
- Under the Advising Resources section, select Access Student Profile
- Your advisor(s) will be listed
- Your advisor is also listed in Degreeworks.
You can find email and office location information by pulling up the advisor's contact card in the Student Profile.
Your Advising Center
The Advising Centers at Saint Joseph's University are here to provide assistance and help you benefit fully from your college experience. We are here to:
- Serve as a resource during your transition to college
- Provide pre-registration advising
- Advise on course selection for the GEP requirements
- Assist you in interpreting/understanding University policies and procedures
- Provide support, programming and resources for undecided students
- Make appropriate referrals to faculty and essential campus resources
- Introduce students to special programs that will enrich the college experience (e.g., co-op; study abroad)
- Develop web and paper resources to help students with registration, choosing a major, etc.
- Serve as a clearinghouse for campus resource information
- Troubleshoot registration problems