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Advising

Scheduling Appointments

All ENVFY students are required to meet with their assigned academic advisor at least twice in the fall semester. Your advisor will provide information regarding the scheduling of these meetings. We encourage students to schedule additional appointments, visit the advisor’s posted office hours, or email them as needed. Please note that you will receive important advising information through the required course, ENV 100: Student Success in Environmental First Year.

Our Advising Philosophy

We believe advising is a partnership between you and your advisor that is grounded in frequent communication regarding personal goals, self-knowledge and information about majors, careers and university policies. Advisors do not “prescribe” answers or majors for you; rather, we prompt you with the questions and resources you need to explore your unique interests, abilities and values and to set and reach your personal, academic and career goals. While academic advising is a collaborative process, you’re ultimately responsible for your educational experience.

Student Learning Outcomes

As a result of your advising relationship, you will be able to: 

  • Successfully transition into and navigate through your undergraduate experience.
  • Engage with the campus community and resources.
  • Demonstrate and apply critical thinking skills.
  • Develop an educational plan for achieving your academic goals.
  • Understand and utilize the academic tools available to students needed for academic progress; including Degree Audit, Semester by Semester, and Pack Planner.
  • Take responsibility for the decisions and actions/inactions that affect your educational progress. You will become knowledgeable of various campus resources. 
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of academic responsibilities as well as extracurricular activities.

Expectations of Students 

During your time in the ENVFY program, you will be expected to:

  • Play an active role in the advising relationship.
  • Regularly check your NC State email account for updates from the advisor and important university information while responding to requests and inquiries in a timely manner. 
  • Schedule and keep appointments with the advisor. Additional appointments may be required based on the student’s academic standing and status.
  • Inform your advisor about your academic progress, schedule adjustments and share any questions, issues or concerns in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrate courteous and professional behavior by providing ample notice if you need to reschedule any advising appointments and coming prepared to every appointment with questions, materials and/or topics to discuss.
  • Remain proactive in exploring possibilities for majors, minors and special programs.
  • Accept responsibility for your decisions and actions. 
  • Follow through with actions agreed upon in advising appointments. 
  • Monitor your degree audit to track your progress toward graduation. 
  • Seeks assistance as soon as possible when a problem arises.

Expectations of Advisors

Because we ask our students to meet certain expectations, we also require advisors to:

  • Remain accessible to students. 
  • Develop knowledge about the student and build a relationship with them.
  • Provide a safe space in which the student can share their thoughts, aspirations, concerns and interests.
  • Maintain confidentiality in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and university regulations.
  • Explain college and university policies and procedures. 
  • Provide information on majors, minors and special opportunities.
  • Support major decision-making processes, assisting students in identifying an appropriate path to achieve their academic goals.
  • Encourage and support the student in gaining the skills and knowledge necessary for success.
  • Communicate critical information and respond to emails in a timely manner.
  • Refer the student to other appropriate resources as needed and follow through with actions agreed upon in advising appointments.