Academic Advising

The Office of Academic Advising within the College of Arts Sciences makes sure you have the support and  resources you need to guarantee your academic success at Saint Louis University.

Our goals are to:

  • Assist students in their understanding of academic requirements
  • Nurture intellectual maturation and self-confidence
  • Encourage students to take an active role in the advisement process
  • Foster a positive working relationship between students, advisors and faculty mentors.

We can help you plan your curriculum, transition into academic programs and register for classes. Our office also maintains student records, provides essential academic information, implements programs and activities to enhance student retention and interprets academic policies.

Schedule an Appointment with an Advisor

If you’d like to meet with your advisor in person, you can schedule a meeting through SLU Appointments.

Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. through 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please check in at the front desk when you arrive at the office, which is located in Verhaegen Hall, Room 218.

If you must cancel your appointment, call 314-977-7561 to reschedule.

Advising Expectations

At Saint Louis University, all students are expected to be successful. Regular and productive meetings with an advisor can help lay the foundation for that success. Below are some behaviors and traits that can help both students and advisors get the most out of their interactions.

Expectations for Students

  • Display respect for the advisor and have a positive attitude toward the advising process.
  • Meet the academic advisor at appropriate times and come to advising appointments prepared to assume responsibility for curriculum and degree planning.
  • Clarify your personal values and goals and provide the advisor with accurate information regarding academic interests and abilities.
  • Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies and procedures, and utilize available University resources and services.
  • Ask questions if you do not understand an issue or have a specific concern.
  • Keep a personal record of your progress toward meeting academic goals.
    Accept responsibility for your decisions and actions (or inactions) that affect your educational progress and goals.

Expectations for Academic Advisors

  • Protect and secure the integrity of a SLU degree by enforcing all University and departmental policies and requirements.
  • Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum, graduation requirements and policies and procedures to provide helpful and appropriate advice and mentoring.
  • Be available, approachable and personable. Demonstrate concern for and an interest in students’ success.
  • Assist students in working closely with their faculty mentors and their professors.
    Make appropriate referrals within the University.
  • Encourage students to develop skills that will lead to self-responsibility.
  • Demonstrate respect for each individual student and serve as a model of the educated person.
  • Maintain confidentiality and not discuss students’ academic record without permission.

Student Outcomes

Students within the College of Arts and Sciences are expected to become active participants in developing and implementing their curriculum plan. The following are skills and abilities you are expected to gain through the advising process during your undergraduate experience at SLU:

Year One

  • Identify your academic advisor and faculty mentor
  • Know how to access information about majors and minors
  • Identify information about the College of Arts and Sciences core requirements
  • Locate and use the University academic calendar
  • Understand prerequisites and course sequences
  • Understand registration policies and procedures
  • Register using Banner Self-Service
  • Calculate a SLU semester and cumulative grade point average
  • Access information about campus resources

Year Two

  • Understand the College of Arts and Sciences core requirements
  • Develop attainable academic goals
  • Understand the formal major, minor and certificate declaration process
  • Work effectively with a faculty mentor to review your academic progress in an intended or declared major, minor or certificate
  • Utilize Banner Self-Service to review your academic record

Year Three and Four

  • Integrate elements of the Jesuit model of education into curriculum planning
  • Identify internship, practicum and undergraduate research opportunities
  • Access information about post-graduation employment, professional school or graduate school opportunities  
  • Understand commencement and the degree conferral process