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Expectations and Responsibilities

Your Responsibilities

Students are ultimately responsible for knowing academic policies and for completing their selected degree programs. Your responsibilities in the advising partnership include:

  • Schedule meetings with your advisor(s) prior to registration
  • Preprare for your session through a careful review of your major, minor and BELL Core requirements on DegreeWorks
  • Bring to your advising appointment a proposed course schedule, including backup options, built from the current Classfinder listings
  • Confirm your plan for completing Convocation credit hours
  • Consult with your advisor when requirements are unclear or you have questions
  • Talk with your advisor about any academic issues you are encountering
  • Be prepared to discuss academic enrichment opportunities as well as career goals
  • Follow up with your advisor on their recommendations as well as any questions you may have

You can schedule an appointment to meet with your academic advisor at any time, but it is required to before or during the advising period published on the academic calendar—this timing ensures your advisor can review your plans prior to you registering for the next semester's classes. Have questions? Visit our FAQ page for more information.

What You Can Expect

While your advising appointment is required prior to class registration, it is not intended to be a tactical hurdle to your next semester. Rather, meeting your academic advisor is an opportunity to work in partnership to help you:

  • Clarify career and life goals
  • Select appropriate courses and educational experiences, like study abroad and internships
  • Review progress toward Convocation requirements
  • Interpret requirements for your major(s), minor(s) and BELL Core courses
  • Evaluate your progress toward graduation
  • Form connections at Belmont that can assist you in networking off campus
  • Develop decision-making skills
  • Become an independent learner