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Spring 2013 Advising

How do you prepare for your Advising Appointment?

  • To facilitate and expedite matters, come to the appointment prepared.
  • You are strongly encouraged to review the SCOTS system tutorial, if you have not yet done so.
    Click here to download the pdf document.
  • Check your unofficial transcript to make sure that all your AP and college credit courses are correctly posted. (If applicable.)
  • Check the "What If Scenario" features in SCOTS if you want to see how the courses you have taken thus far apply to your prospective major.
    If you are already a sociology major and are thinking of adding a second major or a minor, you are strongly encouraged to run a "What If Analysis" and obtain the requirements for all intended programs prior to meeting with your advisor.
    Click here for instructions on how to complete the analysis.
  • Prepare one or more tentative schedule(s) by using this feature. Then bring a printed copy with you. Make sure you check SCOTS prior to your one-on-one advising appointment to verify that the courses you want are still open.
  • Check the General Education Courses List to review courses you may want to take to fulfill your General Education requirements.

Download the Advising Syllabus for a handy checklist.

Advisor and Advisee Responsibilities

The role of faculty advisors is to assist you with educational choices. When you meet with your faculty advisor, you should also come prepared with any questions you may have regarding courses (what a course is about, any prerequisites you may need, how often a course is offered, etc.), degree requirements, academic policies/procedures, as well as broader concerns such as career and graduate school options in your major.

Advisors cannot be experts on all academic programs or aspects relating to a student's career at the university, such as financial aid, employment, etc., so your advisor may need to refer you to another office or individual for assistance with some matters. In addition to course selection, an advisor should be able to assess your progress toward meeting degree requirements. Ultimately, however, the student is responsible for making sure that all degree requirements are met, so it is important that you read and follow the requirements and policies described in the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Catalog. 


  • Are dedicated to the advising process and exhibit a caring attitude toward advisees
  • Are accessible to students
  • Help students clarify career/life goals as well as education goals
  • Are familiar with institutional regulations, policies, and procedures especially as they relate to academic and/or graduation requirements
  • Monitor progress toward educational and career goals
  • Assist students in selecting courses that reflect individual interests and abilities
  • Assist students in decision-making skills
  • Refer students to other appropriate campus resources
  • Participate in advisor training sessions to stay informed and current


  • Recognize that advising is a shared responsibility and accept final responsibility for all decisions
  • Clarify personal values, abilities, and goals
  • Prepare for advising sessions and bring relevant materials when contacting the advisor
  • Contact and make appointment with the advisor when required or when in need of assistance
  • Become knowledgeable about policies, procedures, and requirements, i.e. add/drop deadlines, graduation, and general education policies

How to make the most of your advising appointment

  • Be sure to check your faculty advisor's office hours for the semester and plan on getting advisement assistance during that time, particularly during the week of advising, prior to early registration.
  • Maintain an "advising folder" containing the paperwork listed below and bring it with you to adivsing appointments:
    ~ the name and contact information of your faculty or academic advisor
    ~ all educational plans, including your educational and career goals
    ~ an updated printout of your web transcript from SCOTS
    ~ copies of important forms like declaration/change of major/program forms, requirement modificiations, etc.
    ~ any record of a visit with your academic advisor,
    ~ the course catalog for the year you entered the program,
    ~ an updated list of your general education requirements,
    ~ an updated list of your graduation requirements, and
    ~ an updated list of your major requirements from the school year you declared your major
  • If you are able to create a schedule for the next semester on your own, bring it with you to your appointment and discuss it with your advisor.
  • Take some time before your appointment to write down any questions you have always wanted to ask about your general education, graduation, and major requirements.
Spend some time in your appointment getting to know your advisor and let them know who you are and what your educational and career goals are.




Lee L. Williams, Ph.D.
Centennial Hall 337
295 Meadville Street
Edinboro, PA  16444
Phone:  814-732-1189

Department Office:

Centennial Hall 322
295 Meadville Street
Edinboro, PA  16444
Phone:  814-732-2573
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