GMU Logo
Health and Human Services - The Center for Study of Chronic Illness and Disability

Academic Advising

Graduate Academic Advising

Currently enrolled graduate students in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) should contact the administrative coordinator to find out advisor assignments. Faculty advisors are assigned by program, either alphabetically by last name, or by program concentration.

Undergraduate Academic Advising

Faculty and professional academic advisors advise currently enrolled undergraduate students in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS). Initially, freshmen and transfer students meet advisors at the orientation program to be advised for their first semester of enrollment. Once enrolled, students should initiate a meeting with their advisor at least once a semester. Students are assigned to an academic advisor based on their program of study, either alphabetically by last name, or by program concentration.

Students should plan ahead and request an appointment with an advisor by e-mail or by phone, (or through the online appointment system in GCH), well ahead of the day they are eligible to register for the next term. Students should check the semester Academic Calendar for Priority Registration Dates and Registration Time Tickets and set up an appointment with their academic advisor. Students register online via Patriot Web.

Making an Advising Appointment - If you have an advising question or concern, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 703-993-1901 to set up an appointment. You can also stop by the office in Robinson Hall B 402 during our drop-in advising hours: Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Preparing for a Successful Academic Advising Session - This information will help you get the most out of your academic advising meeting!

Advisor Assignments by Academic Department

Program Planning Advising Sheets

The advising team has created program planning sheets to provide a semester-by-semester breakdown of recommended course sequencing to complete the degree programs within four years. While these are a great tool to help you stay on track, please continue to see your advisor at least once per semester. View the program planning advising sheets.

CHHS Undergraduate Advising Blog

Read the weekly advising posts by the professional academic advisors in the CHHS Office of Student Affairs. Find out helpful strategies for becoming a successful student, reminders of important deadlines, academic policy information, and how to plan for your future career. We also connect you with articles on achieving a balanced life and living a healthy lifestyle. Check-out the blog today and enter your e-mail address to follow the blog and to receive notifications of new posts by e-mail.

The top 10 reasons to read the blog are to:

  1. Make sure you graduate on time
  2. Know what to do and who to talk with in case academic life does not go as planned
  3. Stay up-to-date with friendly deadline reminders
  4. Connect with student organizations, professors, advisors, and peers
  5. Find out about free campus resources
  6. Learn how academic policies affect you
  7. Find out about student events
  8. Learn strategies for academic and personal success
  9. Receive departmental updates
  10. Plan for internships, volunteer opportunities, and career paths


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law established to protect the privacy of student records. The Office of Student Affairs and the CHHS faculty and staff abide by these privacy guidelines. Confidential student information will not be communicated to a third party, including immediate family members, without the expressed consent of the student, except when allowed under FERPA law.

Site Navigation