Academic Advising

The success of all students depends upon their involvement in the learning and academic process. Academic advising is a vital part of this process and is thus mandatory for all students.

Question: What is the difference between a professional (academic) advisor and faculty advisor?

Answer: Advisors in the Advising and Counseling Department advise new and undeclared students. After one semester at Southwest, the student is assigned a faculty advisor from the academic department affiliated with the student's declared major: e.g., a student who decides to major in history will be assigned an advisor who is a history professor. Ideally, the student and his assigned faculty advisor will establish a relationship that continues throughout the student's time at Southwest, until he or she graduates.


Here are some tips so you can gain the most from your academic advising session: