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
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
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.
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
- Maintain confidentiality and not discuss students’ academic record without permission.
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:
- 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
- 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
- Understand commencement and the degree conferral process