Academic Advising Center
To create 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. To this end, the Center supports incoming and continuing students as they explore their talents, discover new interest, and learn to navigate the University.
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 personal interests, values, and goals. We understand that college is a time of tremendous growth, adjustment, and change and will encourage you to participate in the many programs and opportunities offered by the University.
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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 (AAC) at the Van Ness Campus has a NEW temporary location, effective immediately and until further notice: Academic Advising Center, Building 39, Room 112. The hours of operation are 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202.274.6899. We look forward to providing support to our University students, faculty, and staff in the new academic year.
Student in jeopardy of Academic Sanction (Probation or Suspension) please call today to schedule your advising session, 202.274.6899.
What is Academic Advising?
Academic Advising is an educational process that facilitates students’ understanding of the meaning and purpose of higher education. It fosters and encourages intellectual and personal development, academic success, and promotes lifelong learning. Academic Advising provides an opportunity to build relationships for the purpose of gaining assistance in planning your educational career, while maximizing the benefits of education. Through this collaborative educational process, you and your advisor partner in planning academic, personal, and career goals.
Benefits of Advising
As a result of Academic Advising, you will be able to:
- Utilize and access university academic and student support services and resources.
- Develop an educational plan that outlines and leads to timely completion of your educational goals.
- 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 realistic academic and professional goals.
Finding My Advisor
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.
If you have declared a major, 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, contact the department chairperson of your major.
Student Roles & Responsibilities
- Know who your Academic Advisor is and how to contact them.
- Seek advisement early in the semester. Being proactive is the KEY to academic success.
- Understand you Academic Advisor’s role and how they 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.
- Schedule appointments, and meet with your Academic Advisor for at least three sessions throughout the semester. Arrive on time and bring any questions.
- Notify your Academic Advisor of any recent, changes in your profile information (address, telephone number, email, etc.)
- Know your current cumulative grade point average (GPA) and your current amount of earned credit hours.
- Keep up with important dates and deadlines on the academic calendar and UDC website.
- Utilize university email as an official form of communication. This may be the only source of immediate contact that faculty/staff have for you.
- 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 you explore possible fields of study.
- Answer questions about specific major requirements.
- Review curriculum guides and coursework with you for possible majors and areas of interest.
- Discuss your academic progress since your previous visit and your plans until the next visit.
- Inform you of academic support opportunities if you are struggling in one or more courses.
- Suggest academic enrichment such as undergraduate research and internships.
We serve FOUR-YEAR BACCALAUREATE students at UDC that are:
- Freshman and Sophomore
- Transfer students (under 60 credits)
- Students on academic probation/suspension
- Non degree seeking students
- If you are a Junior or Senior or a Transfer student with more than 60 credits, a Faculty Advisor will be assigned to you through your major. If you are having difficulty identifying, reaching, or communicating with your Faculty Advisor, follow this link to contact the department chairperson of your major.