We advise, You decide
The College of Arts and Sciences has a team of professional academic advisors available to assist our undergraduate students. Although there are many ways to interact with our advisors, most of their time is set aside to meet with students in one-on-one appointments. Academic advising appointments will vary by student need and interest.
For the best advising experience, current USF students should make a 30-minute, scheduled, advising appointment during the first third of the term. Early in the term, but after the hectic first week of classes, is when advisors are the most available. Scheduled appointments provide the advisors with time to prepare for student appointments and check for student record anomalies. Scheduled appointments also provide time for real discussions and planning sessions between the advisor and the student. If an urgent issue arises, students can attend drop-in advising hours or email an advisor for assistance.
Advising Appointment "Locations"
CAS Academic Advisors offer in-person as well as remote advising appointments. Students can automatically select between In-person, Teams video conferencing, or Teams phone call when scheduling appointments. For students not attending advising in-person, video conferencing is the most preferred method by advisors and students because of its high versatility. During video conference, students can see and hear their advisor, share screens for demonstrations, and quickly send links through chat. If you're not already familiar with Teams, you can find resources for using it on USF IT's website.
Additionally, you are always welcome to submit email questions to your advisor for assistance.
If you are in need of accommodations, please contact our front desk (813-974-6957 or email) to submit your request. Please provide the front desk with your name, U#, academic major which you need advising for, type of accommodation you need, and blocks of time when you are available during business hours (M-F/8-5). The front desk will work with the advising team to set up an appointment with an advising location that accommodates your situation.
Connecting to A Remote Academic Advising Appointment
Please plan to log onto your remove advising appointment 5 minutes early so any technical issues can be addressed without loosing time with your academic advisor.
When you schedule a phone appointment, you will recieve a phone number and code to call as well as a Teams video conference link (in case you later realize that is a better option for you). For all phone meetings, we need students to call into the meeting at the time of the appointment, just like you would come to an advisor's office for a face-to-face appointment or log in to a video conference. A student calling their advisor using the phone number and code provided ensures they connect quickly, making the most of the time scheduled for the advising appointment. Over the last year, we have found that advisors calling students is usually an unsuccessful means of connecting. Due to the influx of robocalls everyone is receiving, it is common for students to not answer their phones or have a working voice mail.