Office of Academic Advising

Office of Academic Advising

Advising Team

Welcome to the Huizenga College Office of Academic Advising! We are here to help you successfully navigate your academic career at NSU. You may contact your academic advisor via email, phone appointment, or in-person appointment.

Carl DeSantis Building, Suite 1115,
Main Campus, Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida
954.262.5067 / 800-672-7223 x25067

Main Campus Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

A request for evening appointments may be submitted to your academic advisor.

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Communicating With Your Academic Advisor

Appointments (phone and in-person)
The optimal way to reach your advisor is through a scheduled appointment. You may reserve time to speak with your academic advisor to engage in academic planning, and ask questions by scheduling an appointment online or by calling 954-262-5067.

Appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes. Request can be made for one hour sessions if you have more complex items to discuss with your advisor. Students scheduling phone appointments should have access to a computer with internet access. Evening appointments are conducted only by phone.

Email Advising
You can email your questions to your academic advisor and receive a response within 24-48 business hours. During peak periods (the first week of the term, the last week of the term, and the start of registration) responses may occur within 72 business hours. Email should be a supplement to phone or in-person advising, as many issues are complex and require thoughtful discussion. Emails must be sent from your NSU email account, and should contain your full name, NSU ID, and phone number so your advisor may assist you.

Academic Advising Expectations and Responsibilities

In order to be successful in your academic career, it is essential to stay informed, plan effectively, and engage in proactive, positive decision-making and problem-solving. Your academic advisor is here to help!

Academic advising is a partnership between student and academic advisor, and includes shared decision-making and responsibility. Make sure to meet with your academic advisor regularly to ensure that you are on the right track.

Strategies for a Successful Advising Relationship

Plan ahead! Schedule appointments with your academic advisor well ahead of registration periods. This allows you time to meet with your advisor and helps you to avoid frustrating waits and missed opportunities.

Know your resources! Often, students can find the answers to their questions on their own. Become familiar with and regularly access websites, Huizenga Portal, catalogs, and handbooks.

Responsibilities in the Advising Relationship

Students are active partners in the advising relationship, and as such, should:

Student Responsibilities

Academic Advisor Responsibilities

  • Contact and keep in touch with your academic advisor

  • Make and keep appointments. Call if it is necessary to change or cancel an appointment

  • Come with specific questions in mind

  • Come with necessary materials (pen, class schedule, curriculum sheet, forms, etc.)

  • Ask about other sources of information

  • Be open concerning school work, study habits, and academic progress

  • Build a schedule free of conflicts in time

  • Make decisions concerning choice of major, career, and selection of courses

  • Notify students of office hours

  • Keep appointments. Call if it is necessary to change or cancel an appointment

  • Provide accurate and specific information

  • Have resource material on hand (websites, handouts, forms, etc.)

  • Suggest other sources of information

  • Listen and help you solve problems

  • Check your schedule for appropriate selection of courses

  • Make suggestions concerning choice of major, career, and selection of courses

References

  1. How you and your advisor will work together. (1981, July). Undergraduate Advising Center, University of Iowa.

  2. The American College Testing Program. (1979b). p. 13.

  3. Ford, J. (n.d.). Example University Advising Handbook.