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Undergraduate Academic Advising

Your Academic Guidance Experts

Our Mission

The Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising at Fontbonne University is dedicated to assisting students in identifying and achieving their educational goals, while creating collaborative relationships with other institutional departments, faculty and staff.  The advising process is an on-going and developing one, whereby both the advisor and advisee share responsibilities.  Academic advising is rooted firmly in education, reaching out developmentally to engage students in self-directed learning, creating academic plans and strategies, discussing personal goals and referring individuals to the appropriate campus resources.  Students demonstrate a commitment to their education and are expected to achieve high personal and academic standards.

What We Believe

The advisor’s role is rooted firmly in education, providing the necessary information regarding policies, degree programs, courses, schedules and registration. Advisors must reach out developmentally as well by engaging students in self-directed learning, creating academic plans and strategies, discussing personal goals and referring individuals to the appropriate campus resources.

With the support and guidance of their academic advisor, advisees are expected to learn and practice the habits of successful students. This includes maintaining regular contact with all of their academic stakeholders, taking responsibility for consulting the University Catalog, making final decisions about choices regarding their academic careers, preparing in advance for relevant meetings, gathering all pertinent information, following through on referrals, asking questions and striving to be an ethical and contributing member of society through critical thought and action.

Our Purpose

The Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising serves as a resource for all Fontbonne undergraduate students by providing clarity to the University’s academic policies and procedures. The office is responsible for ensuring that each student is assigned an appropriate academic advisor in his or her field of study. Professional staff housed in this office directly advise undecided and the College of Arts & Sciences students that have not yet transitioned to department advising.

How We Can Help

The Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising can assist you by:

  • Providing major exploration;
  • Advising for other options when not accepted into a selected major;
  • Connecting you with faculty and other staff;
  • Navigating GriffinNet;
  • Assistance in determining which academic forms you need, where to obtain the forms, and how to complete them (ex. adding or changing majors, Leaves of Absences, etc.);
  • Maintaining and updating online advising resources and;
  • Directly addressing institutional and personal concerns.

Expectations and Responsibilities

Students (Advisees) are expected to:

  • Take an active and responsible role your educational decision-making and experiences;
  • Maintain regular contact with all academic stakeholders including academic advisor;
  • Follow through on referrals;
  • Serve as a responsible citizen through ethical and critical thought;
  • Prepare and be on time for relevant meetings;
  • Engage in conversation and ask questions;
  • Learn to navigate University technology (GriffinNet, Canvas, email etc..);
  • Learn to interpret degree plan; and
  • Consult with University Catalog as needed.

Advisors are expected to: 

  • Provide accurate information and be timely with appointments;
  • Be accessible via office appointments, telephone, or email;
  • Maintain confidentiality;
  • Monitor and accurately document students progress toward meeting their goals;
  • Intercede with other campus constituencies on behalf of students when appropriate;
  • Convey genuine care and concern through being approachable and willing to listen;
  • Uphold the core values of academic advising as identified by the National Academic Advising Association;
  • Take interest and care in all aspects of the students academic experience; and
  • Teach students how to read and interpret their degree plan.


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