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How to Prepare for a Successful Academic Advising Session

Students should seek academic advisors to assist them with selecting and changing majors, program planning, transfer of credit, withdrawals, reviewing degree requirements, course substitutions and waivers, and requests for course study elsewhere.  Advisors are also available to discuss non-academic issues and may refer the student to other university student support services for learning services, financial assistance, or personal counseling.

Here are some tips to help you make your advising session productive:

  1. Be early and be thoughtful
    • Download the Academic Calendar to find out registration priority dates.  
    • Avoid the rush, and set up an advising appointment well before your scheduled date to register.  
    • Notify your advisor if you have to cancel the appointment.
  2. Be prepared 
    • Review the Mason catalog for program requirements and prerequisite courses.
    • Print out your Mason transcript and degree evaluation from PatriotWeb.  If you are a pre-nursing student (BPRE-NURS), you will want to do a What-if Analysis.
    • Review your Mason transcript to make sure all transfer credits appear on the transcript from all colleges and universities attended.    
    • Create an advising folder to keep all of your advising notes while at Mason.
    • The more prepared you are, the more you will accomplish during your advising session.
  3. Be informed
  4. What to Take to your Advising Session
    • Degree evaluation
    • Internal Mason transcript
    • Preliminary course selection
    • List of questions

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