On behalf of the Academic Advising & Support Center, I am delighted to welcome you to the University of the District of Columbia. Our goal is to ensure the academic success of freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students by assisting with educational planning and decision-making consistent with each student’s personal interests, values, and goals. We understand that college is a time of tremendous growth, adjustment, and change. We encourage you to participate in the many programs and opportunities offered by the University.
Director of Academic Advising & Retention
The Academic Advising & Support Center strives to facilitate a positive environment that provides all students with academic support necessary to foster their success at the University of the District of Columbia and beyond. The center is charged with supporting the academic trajectory of incoming and continuing students as they explore their talents, discover new interests, and learn to navigate the university.
WELCOME FIREBIRDS…We have relocated!
The Office of Academic Advising and Retention would like to officially welcome the newest members to the UDC family. The Academic Advising Center at the Van Ness Campus has been moved to a temporary location until further notice:
Academic Advising Center, Building 39, Room 112.
Hours of Operations:
Monday – Thursday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
If you need to make an appointment with your advisor, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202.274.6899. We look forward to providing support to UDC’s new and returning students in the new academic year.
If you are at risk for Academic Sanction (probation or suspension), please call today to schedule an appointment with your advisor at 202.274.6899.
What is Academic Advising?
Academic advising is designed to help students navigate their matriculation and facilitate their understanding of the meaning and purpose of higher education. Each advisor is charged to encourage intellectual and personal development, academic success, and promotes lifelong learning. Academic advising gives students an opportunity to build relationships with professionals who can assist them in planning their educational careers. Through this collaborative educational process, students and advisors partner to develop plans that will help student accomplish academic, personal, and career goals.
Benefits of Advising
Academic advising enables students to:
- Access and utilize academic and student support services and resources;
- Develop an educational plan that outlines and leads to timely completion of the selected degree program;
- Understand academic and administrative policies and procedures;
- Develop vital critical thinking and independent decision-making skills to make and accept responsibility for academic decisions;
- Evaluate personal interests and abilities leading to the discovery of academic and professional goals.
Finding My Advisor
Students who have declared a major will be assigned a faculty advisor through their departments. If you experience difficulty identifying, reaching, or communicating with your faculty advisor, please contact the department chairperson of your major.
Advisors are located in the Academic Advising Center, Building 39, Room 112. The hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you need to make an appointment with your Advisor, please send an e-mail to email@example.com or call 202.274.6899.
Student Roles & Responsibilities
- Identify your academic advisor and his or her contact information
- Seek your advisor early in the semester. Being proactive is the KEY to academic success.
- Understand your academic advisor’s role and how he or she can help you.
- Familiarize yourself with the requirements of your major by obtaining a copy of the curriculum guide and maintaining an accurate record of your successful completion of courses.
- Meet with your academic advisor for at least three sessions throughout the semester.
- Notify your academic advisor of any recent changes in your profile information (address, telephone number, email, etc.)
- Know your current cumulative grade point average and your current amount of earned credit hours.
- Stay up to date with important dates and deadlines on the academic calendar and UDC website.
- Utilize university email as an official form of communication with faculty and staff.
- Know that your advisor is an advocate for you and is available to help you throughout the entire semester.
- Prepare your schedule based on your curriculum guide before meeting with your advisor during early registration.
- Keep all notes, forms, and paperwork for advising sessions.
Advisor Roles & Responsibilities
- Help students explore possible fields of study.
- Answer questions about specific major requirements.
- Review curriculum guides and coursework with students.
- Discuss academic progress with students and assist with academic planning throughout the semester.
- Inform students of academic support opportunities when they struggle to perform in courses.
- Recommend academic enrichment opportunities such as undergraduate research and internships.
We serve FOUR-YEAR BACCALAUREATE students who are:
- Freshman and Sophomore
- Transfer students (under 60 credits)
- On academic probation/suspension
- Non-degree seeking students
If you are a Junior, Senior, or Transfer student with more than 60 credits, a faculty advisor will be assigned to you through your major department. If you are having difficulty identifying, reaching, or communicating with your faculty advisor, click this link to contact the department chairperson of your major.