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Advising 101 at UWO

The Undergraduate Advising Resource Center (UARC) is comprised of professional advisors who serve as a resource to students, whether they are choosing a major, signing up for classes, reading an advisement report, and more.

Each academic department has faculty members that advise students within their chosen academic field.   If you are a student who has an assigned faculty advisor, plan to meet with him/her first before asking for assistance from the UARC.

Definition of Advising

Advising is a dynamic relationship between a student and advisor. At the center is a shared responsibility for a coherent education plan that incorporates personal, social, academic, and career considerations. Advising focuses on helping students identify life goals, acquire skills and attitudes that promote intellectual growth, and become academically successful. Advising supports the principles and goals of a liberal education as the foundation of a bachelor’s degree. We do this by teaching you how your educational experience equips you with broad knowledge, transferable skills, and a strong sense of values, ethics, and civic engagement.

An academic advisor is here to help with:

  • Major & minor exploration  
  • Selecting course options  
  • Connecting your interests and values to majors  
  • Understanding academic policies and requirements  
  • Staying on track to graduation
  • Identifying strategies for success  

Advising Model

All advising begins with a professional advisor in the UARC and at a designated point (varies by major/college) students transition to a faculty advisor in the academic department of their major.

S.A.F.E. Zone

UARC advisors actively create an open, respectful, and supportive environment for all people. We serve students of all abilities, sexual orientations, genders, races, cultures, and socio-economic statuses.

Learning Resources

Faculty and staff at UW Oshkosh identified and approved three learning outcomes for academic advising at UW Oshkosh. This is what we expect you to learn through advising.

Students are able to locate and use academic information and campus resources.

  • Use Titan Web to access information and register for classes
  • Identify resources to support academic success
  • Articulate strategies for academic success such as; talking to faculty outside of class, tutoring, etc.
  • Name who their assigned advisor is, how to contact and what to expect
  • Find advising related information on department/college websites and the UARC website
  • Use advisement reports and other advising and registration tools independently
  • Utilize academic support services as needed
  • Articulate strategies for academic success such as; talking to faculty outside of class, tutoring, etc.
  • Implement strategies for academic success consistently
  • Transition to a faculty advisor; know who their faculty advisor is, how to contact, and what to expect
  • Met with assigned faculty advisor at least once a year

Students are able to understand and describe graduation requirements.

  • Explain University Studies Program (USP)
  • Interpret an advisement report to understand all components of their degree and graduation requirements
  • Explain college/major admission requirements and processes (when applicable)
  • Describe the interrelatedness of requirements for USP, degree, and major
  • Have completed or nearly completed USP requirements
  • Be successfully admitted to college/program (where applicable)
  • Discussed with their faculty advisor the value of USP as it relates to their major and career/graduate school readiness
  • Worked with their assigned academic or faculty advisor regularly to intentionally select courses to meet requirements as well as personal and professional goals

Students are able to select and plan an academic program based on research, interests, skills, values and career goals.

  • Identify, through individual research and exploration, majors, extracurricular opportunities and career options related to their interests, skills and values
  • Develop a general 2 year/4 year/graduation plan (as appropriate based on major)
  • Articulate how declared major is a fit for their abilities and goals
  • Identify career/graduate school options
  • Review and update 2 year /4 year /graduation plans
  • Define a post-graduation plan (ie: graduate school, career) and know the steps required to implement that plan (ie: admission requirements/application process, using Career Services to develop job search strategies/skills)

Contact Us


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