Commonly Asked Advising Questions
How do I find out who my Academic Advisor is?
After logging into Navigate, you should see your advisor listed under “Your Success Team” on the right side of the screen. Clicking the email icon will allow you to send your advisor an email. If you do not see an advisor assigned, please contact your major department.
When should I see my advisor?
Anytime! The most common time for students to consult with their advisor is during early registration. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule an appointment with his or her advisor. Be sure to schedule an appointment with an advisor early since many students will be doing the same thing and you may benefit from an early or multiple appointments depending on how much time is needed.
How do I make an appointment to see my advisor?
Call your advisor, stop by his/her office, e-mail, or check to see if they have appointments available in Navigate. Once signed-in to Navigate, select “Get Assistance,” pick “Academic Advising, Coaching, or Class Meetings,” then select “Advising in My Major/Minor” to be presented with options to book with your advisor. If your advisor is not set up in Navigate, please email them for directions on scheduling an appointment.
On the main Bradley University page is a directory link that allows you to search for on-campus professionals by their first and or last names. It may be best to reach an advisor during their scheduled office hours which are likely posted outside of their office. Otherwise, visit or contact the Major Department to determine your advisor’s office hours.
What should I bring to my advising appointment?
- Multiple schedule of classes for the following semester
- Your degree audit available in u.Achieve
- Short and long-term questions about your major, internships and career beyond Bradley
- Questions about transferring courses from a community college if need be.
What should I expect from my advisor?
- Awareness of course options
- Information about university policies and procedures
- Knowledge of future employment or graduate school opportunities
- To serve as a resource for other concerns
What should I NOT expect from my advisor?
- Telling you what is a “good or easy” class. Your advisor may have an opinion of what is a “good class,” but each student’s skills and interests are too different to determine what “good or easy” means for an individual student.
- Telling you which professors with whom to take classes. Just like different students have different skills, one person’s opinion about someone can always be countered with a different perspective from someone else.
- Making decisions for you. Advisor can educate you on options, but you need to make the final decision.
- Building your class schedule. You should know the tools available to you to create class schedules, including Schedule Builder, the Schedule of Classes, the Undergraduate Catalog, and your u.Achieve degree audit. Your advisor likely has multiple advisees. It’s better to spend your advising appointment discussing academic and career goals and not specific sections of courses you should take.