Toni Gossett, Undergraduate Academic Advisor

  • AREN majors with last names A-J
  • AREN minor advising

Erin Jerick, Area Director

  • AREN majors with last names K-Mc

Maureen Craig, Senior Undergraduate Academic Advisor

  • CVEN majors with last names Me-Z

 Schedule advising appointments and view drop-in hours on Buff Portal Advising.


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Advising Information

Architectural engineering students have both faculty and staff advisors.  The staff advisor is available throughout a student’s education to help with topics such as:

  • Curriculum requirements and degree audits
  • Graduation planning
  • Registration questions and problems
  • Petitions (for any waivers to degree requirements or college/department rules)
  • Information about minors/certificates, student organizations, undergraduate research programs, study abroad, etc.
  • Referrals to campus resources such as academic support, student services, career and professional development, etc.

In addition, students choose a faculty advisor in their junior year. Faculty advisors can provide more tailored advice relating to their area of specialization, such as:

  • Course selection/technical electives
  • Professional development, career, and internship advice
  • Planning for graduate school
  • Research opportunities


  • Advising details for freshmen/sophomores:
    Students on Semesters 1-4 of the AREN block diagram are required to meet with the staff advisor at least once per semester.  This mandatory advising typically happens in late October/early November prior to spring course registration, and in late March/early April prior to fall course registration. In addition to mandatory advising, students are welcome and encouraged to come in at any time with questions, to plan ahead for study abroad, to make sure they’re on track for a target graduation date, etc.
  • Advising details for juniors/seniors:
    Students on semesters 5-8 of the AREN block diagram are required to meet with a faculty advisor every semester during a designated two-week period (in March and October), rather than meeting with the staff advisor.​
    Juniors/seniors are still encouraged to meet with the staff advisor periodically to ensure that they’re on track for graduation.  Students also continue to work with the staff advisor on administrative issues (graduation checks, petitions, FE Exam registration, etc.).
  • How to prepare for a meeting:
    Prior to mandatory advising, students should do the following:
  1. Review your online degree audit in the Buff Portal, and make a note of any issues/questions
  2. Review the AREN block diagram and create a tentative course schedule for the following semester
  3. Make a list of questions to ask your advisor
  4. Follow any other instructions provided by your advisor
  5.  For other meetings, providing a detailed reason for your visit will help your advisor be prepared to assist you.  In-depth topics should be discussed at a scheduled appointment, not during drop-in hours.
  • When to choose a specialty and other important deadlines:
    Students on the Pre-Fall 2018 curriculum are required to complete a concentration (Construction Engineering & Management, Lighting & Electrical Systems, Mechanical Systems, or Structural Systems).  Students typically declare their concentration in the fall of their junior year, or whenever they’re taking the 5th-semester classes.  When declaring their concentration, students also choose a faculty advisor from the same area of specialization.
  • Academic Records:
    An official AREN-BS academic file will be maintained for each student by the academic advisor. This file will contain copies of official documentation related to academic history and progress. The academic advisor and faculty advisors strive to provide you complete, timely, and accurate academic advising, but ultimately, the responsibility of meeting graduation requirements is yours. Consequently, you should ensure that all copies of relevant paperwork are present in your academic file and that you keep your own copies of critical information.