Undergraduate Academic Advising Syllabus

Mission for Advising:  Academic advising at Emporia State University is an ongoing collaborative relationship between the student and academic advisor. Our mission is to provide academic advising and guidance in an effort to help first-year and undeclared students make a satisfactory transition to university life.  Students learn not only to set personal and academic goals but to develop strategies for achieving those goals. 


Student Advising Center Purpose:  

  • Fulfill the advising mission, one which is central to the achievement of ESU’s mission “to develop lifelong learning skills, impart society’s cultural heritage, and educate and prepare for both the professions and advanced study.”
  • Advisors are concerned with the academic welfare of our students. They are proactive in contacting students and helping them resolve problems.
  • Advisors help students clarify their short-term and long-term goals. This helps students develop educational plans to meet those goals.
  • Advisors help students improve self-awareness
  • Advisors help students improve decision-making skills


Office Information

Student Advising Center

Plumb Hall 106

Phone (620) 341-5421

e-mail: sac@emporia.edu


Office Hours:

Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Understand Emporia State University degree requirements
  • Understand and generate a degree plan (DegreeWorks)
  • Identify and utilize campus resources (link)

Advisor Responsibilities

  • Provide a safe, honest, unbiased atmosphere for the student to openly and honestly participate in the advising partnership
  • Inform students of university regulations and major/degree and graduation requirements
  • Recommend courses to minimize the time required for graduation, consistent with each student’s needs, interests, and abilities
  • Encourage the student to develop and experience an inclusive holistic undergraduate experience through involvement, such as student organizations, study abroad, community service, research, intramurals, etc.
  • Communicate procedures for dropping/adding courses, enrolling, and changing majors
  • Refer students to appropriate campus resources
  • Discuss career opportunities related to majors
  • Discuss the process and implications for changing majors and dropping/adding classes


Advisee Responsibility

  • Schedule and attend your required advising sessions
  • Plan ahead and be prepared to discuss 
    • educational interests and goals
    • educational plans (including course choices)
    • academic concerns or questions
  • Be courteous
    • arrive on time for your appointments
    • cancel or reschedule if necessary
    • don’t be a “no show”
  • Maintain contact with your advisor throughout the semester
  • Honestly share with your academic advisor any details regarding barriers to academic success, including outside commitments
  • Accept responsibility for your decisions and actions
  • Check your ESU email daily
  • Developand clarify your goals
  • Keep a record of your academic progress and goals
  • Ensure that official transcripts have been received from any other institutions in which you have attended
  • Familiarize yourself with the academic calendar and be aware of deadline dates
  • Seek help when needed and utilize appropriate campus resources
  • Turn off cell phones and remove headphones and/or earbuds during advising meetings

Policies and Procedures for Advising:


  • The Student Advising Center advises all incoming freshmen and transfer students with under 30 hours of credit
  • Appointments can be scheduled by calling 620-341-5421
  • ESU email is the only email account the University will use to contact you
  • Be professional when you email faculty and staff members
    • clearly explain questions or requests
    • include your name and student ID number