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Center for Academic Advisement

Advisement Services

  • Change of major or minor
  • Declaration of major or minor
  • Course withdrawal information
  • Permission to take courses at another institution
  • Re-admission interviews, assessment, and enrollment
  • Core Curriculum and major requirements
  • Transfer credit evaluation
  • Academic probation counseling

Involvement with Freshmen
The Professional Advisors in the Office of Academic Advisement and the Oxley Career Education Program place all freshmen into courses for their first semester at the College. Students are scheduled for courses that meet their academic and programmatic needs. This individualized approach reflects a review of each freshman’s high school records, course work, SAT scores, as well as the courses required for his/her intended major.

Services for Transfer Students
The transcripts of students wishing to transfer to the College of Mount Saint Vincent are initially reviewed and evaluated by the Director of Academic Advisement. All transfer students have an individual advising session with the Director to plan their academic program and to schedule classes for the first semester at the College.

Student Responsibilities

1. Communicate and meet with the advisor regarding academic plans and career goals at least once a semester.
2. Take the initiative to schedule additional appointments with an advisor when you need assistance; be mindful of advisor’s office location and hours, email address and campus extension. Check your College of Mount Saint Vincent email regularly.
3. Become familiar with the value and purpose of a liberal arts education.
4. Be knowledgeable and adhere to institutional policies, procedures and requirements outlined in the College catalog.
5. Prepare in advance for advising sessions and bring any materials your advisor may need, including curriculum plans and tentative schedules.
6. Follow through on actions identified during each advising session which may include referrals to campus resources.
7. Continue to monitor your academic progress towards degree completion including requirements of the Core, major and graduation.
8. Utilize the College's Banner Self-Service student data system to verify and maintain academic records.
9. Inform your advisor, the VP for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, or the Assistant Dean of Academic Advisement immediately whenever a serious problem (such as medical, financial, personal) disrupts your ability to attend classes or interferes with your ability to focus on your education and to perform your best work.
10. Be knowledgeable about FERPA. FERPA stands for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended. It is commonly known as FERPA, the Privacy Act or the Buckley Amendment. Click here for more information.
11. Accept ultimate responsibility for making decisions about educational and career goals.

Advisor Responsibilities
1. Become well-acquainted with the student’s academic records, plans, and career goals and assist him or her in developing realistic plans to achieve those goals.
2. Provide the student with current office hours, campus extension, and e-mail address and communicate only through College of Mount Saint Vincent email.
3. Help the student understand the nature and purpose of a liberal arts education.
4. Provide the student with current and accurate information about academic procedures, policies, and requirements as outlined in the College catalog.
5. Assist the student with developing course schedules by being mindful of course sequencing and rotations.
6. Identify student’s needs and refer the student to appropriate resources.
7. Frequently monitor, evaluate, and document student educational progress, including formal reevaluation when the student’s program/major changes.
8. Utilize the Banner Self-Service student data system.
9. Document any serious problems in student’s academic file.
10. Maintain confidentiality and be knowledgeable about FERPA. FERPA stands for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended. It is commonly known as FERPA, the Privacy Act or the Buckley Amendment. Click here for more information.
11. Inform the student that it is his or her responsibility to be aware of the academic consequences of his or her actions.