According to San Francisco State University policy, students need to seek out major and minor advising on a regular basis but especially at the following key points in their academic careers:
1. When the student starts the major or minor program requirements.
2. When the student becomes a junior.
3. When the student is ready to graduate.
In addition, advising is necessary if and when the student experiences academic difficulty, including probation and possibility of disqualification.
Academic advising is a key ingredient to educational achievement. In conjunction with classroom learning, academic advising guides students and enables them to complete their academic goals in a timely manner. It also facilitates intellectual and personal development, enhances academic performance and ensures progress towards graduation.
Student Advising Responsibilities:
Students are responsible for the following:
1. Knowing and completing all degree requirements.
2. Purchasing and reading a SFSU Bulletin once upon entering the University and a Class Schedule every semester. Obtaining department or major brochures, handbooks and information as necessary.
3. Attending a new student orientation program.
4. Declaring a major in a timely manner. It is recommended that students who enter SFSU as freshman declare a major by no later than the end of the sophomore year and those students who enter as junior transfers declare a major by the end of the second semester in attendance.
5. Maintaining a personal academic advising folder and taking it to every advising appointment. It is recommended that this folder include:
a. Grade reports or unofficial copies of prior college/university transcripts;
b. Evaluations of transfer credit [Advanced Standing Evaluation or DARS]
c. DARS, G.E. and Graduation check lists;
d. Semester grade reports; and
e. Tentative schedules and other forms and notes from formal advising sessions [e.g. Incomplete Grade Form, Academic Probation Form, Course Withdrawal Form, etc.]
6. Seeking academic advising at the appropriate time. Minimally to include when: entering the university; starting the major/minor; experiencing academic difficulty; becoming a junior; and preparing to graduate.
7. Seeking academic advising from the appropriate sources:
a. Declared majors/minors will receive their primary academic advising from their major/minor department;
b. Students with declared majors/minors who are also in special academic support programs, such as EOP, need to maintain regular contact with the faculty advisor in their major/minor.
For academic advising, please visit the Ethnic Studies Student Engagement Center (EP 117).