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Advising at Otterbein

The academic advising process is an ongoing series of consultations between each student and a faculty member. While the advisee and advisor are active participants in the advising process, the student is responsible for making decisions regarding personal and educational goals and satisfying all graduation requirements. Specific roles and expectations of the advisor and the advisee are listed below.

Student Responsibilities

  • Making an appointment for consultations during posted office hours when possible and keeping appointments.
  • Consulting with your advisor at least once per semester.
  • Seeking assistance with the decisions to be made rather than expecting the advisor to make them.
  • Seeking additional counsel from other appropriate sources if necessary.
  • Running a degree audit each term, in Self-Service Banner, to check how you are progressing with your graduation requirements.

Advisor Responsibilities

  • Understanding all aspects of Otterbein's grading policy.
  • Understanding the mechanics of enrolling a student, such as scheduling, the add/drop process and closed section situations.
  • Knowing where to refer students in case of special needs.
  • Helping the student plan a complete course designed through personal interaction between the student and the advisor, utilizing career interests and academic records.
  • Relaying information that he/she may have about extracurricular activities and career opportunities that may enhance the student's learning experiences.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What should I do if I need to change advisors?

  • What should I do if my advisor is on sabbatical or they are not in their office?

  • How often should I meet with my advisor?

  • How should I prepare for a meeting with my advisor?

  • Is my advisor the only person that can help me with my academic plans?

More Information

See Ask an Advisor to learn more.

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Located at 172 W. Main Street (Nestled between Tau Delta and TEM, Across from the Science Center)

Office Hours
M-Th: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fri: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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