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Academic Advising


At Saint Xavier University, we believe that academic advising is a pivotal component of the educational experience, used to empower students to think critically, and to explore and identify academic and career interests. Through guidance and mentorship, advising encourages academic excellence and accountability, and helps students to realize their full potential.

Academic advising is a shared responsibility between student and advisor. Advisors, whether staff or faculty, work to inspire students by building relationships, empowering self-awareness and reflection, connecting students with appropriate resources, fostering personal development, and supporting various college-to-career pathways. Although advisors provide guidance and recommendations, students are ultimately responsible for making academic decisions and satisfying degree requirements.

All matriculated undergraduate students are assigned an academic advisor through their academic departments during the first semester. Professional staff in the Center for SUCCESS advise undecided/exploring students and pre-clinical nursing majors. All other students are assigned faculty advisors within the department of their major. Changes of major are arranged through the Office of Records and Registration. Requests for a change of faculty advisor should be directed to the department chair of the current major. Undecided or pre-clinical nursing majors can request a change of advisor through the Center for SUCCESS.

All undergraduate students should meet with their advisor at least once per semester on matters of academic planning and progress. Students must have their advisor's approval to register for classes. Students should regularly view their progress program evaluation in Self-Service and Academic Planning for accuracy and progress towards graduation. The ultimate responsibility for making decisions about educational plans consistent with policies of the University rests with the student.