EOP Advising Expectations

Advising is a partnership. Our goal is to provide you the tools and resources necessary to navigate the university and make informed decisions.  We are here to help, so please reach out with any questions.


You can expect your advisor to:

  • Provide a safe, respectful, and confidential space to ask questions, discuss interests, and express concerns. Actively listen to your concerns and provide support as needed, respecting your individual values and choices
  • Assist you in understanding institutional policies, procedures and degree requirements
  • Help you define your academic plan and select programs consistent with your goals
  • Be accessible to you by appointments, walk-in hours and timely email responses (with respect to their overall advisee caseload)
  • Serve as a referral source for useful resources
  • Support you in making positive life decisions and work collaboratively to assist you in developing decision-making skills that are consistent with your personal goals, interests, and objectives

You are expected to:

  • Cultivate an advising partnership with your advisor by communicating goals, needs, interests, and concerns in a respectful and sincere manner
  • Schedule and attend planning and registration advising appointments each semester or reschedule them, if necessary
  • Be prepared for your appointments by being ready to discuss course options, have questions to ask, research opportunities and resources in advance, and share and clarify your goals and interests
  • Be honest and open: if you are unhappy about something in your academic advising experience, or if you are having a personal problem that is interfering with your studies, please share this information with your advisor
  • Assume responsibility for your decisions and actions
  • Check your Stan State email account on a regular basis so that you are aware of important information from campus offices, faculty, and your advisors.

How to Prepare for your Advising Appointment

Before each advising meeting:

  • Reflect on your current classes and experiences and be prepared to share how everything is going
  • Review your STAN Degree Progress
  • Complete any homework your advisor might have given you in previous appointments

Advising Meetings

1. General Appointment is a one-on-one meeting with your advisor to discuss how your semester is going - ask anything!

Topics might include:

  • Possible plans of study and fit with any currently declared programs
  • Academic resources and getting involved at the University
  • How to explore programs and courses
  • How to prepare for your Registration Advising Appointment
  • Share any personal or academic challenges you are facing so that we can assist you

2. Registration Advising Appointment is a one-on-one meeting with your advisor to finalize your course choices for the following semester. 

Topics will include:

  • Academic progress in current courses
  • Preferred schedules you have made
  • Any questions you have
  • Release EOP Advising Hold if you have one

What your advisor will help you learn

  • About your major options at Stanislaus State and how to explore them
  • The components of your degree and what is required to graduate
  • How to read your STAN Degree Progress to know if you are fulfilling your graduation requirements
  • How to use campus resources to support your success
  • Where to find career exploration resources
  • University deadlines, policies, and procedures
  • Encourage appropriate independence, responsibility, and accountability in academic and professional matters
  • Provide guidance on the expectations of college students and encourage productive study habits, effective time management, and a healthy balance of curricular and co-curricular engagement.