Published: Sept. 15, 2023

Advisers aren’t here just to help you pick classes. They guide you through all the critical decisions, dilemmas and processes you face as a student.

Your adviser is your point person as you get to know the university. They can connect you to campus services, organizations, contacts and resources to help you succeed in and out of the classroom.

In addition to asking about class selection and registration, here are more questions for your adviser.

Where can I get extra help for my classes?

CU Boulder has many academic resources to support undergraduate and graduate students, such as tutoring, academic coaching and library services. Advisers can direct you to the appropriate resources if you receive a course alert or want to ensure you’re on top of your work. 

How can I customize my degree based on my interests?

Adding a minor or certificate can be a way to incorporate more of your academic interests into your degree plan. Study abroad programs, undergraduate research and student organizations can complement your academic and career goals. Your adviser can talk through your options and help you identify next steps. 

How can I check my progress toward graduation? What should I do to plan for next semester?

Advisers are here to help you track your degree progress. They can help you create a degree plan and show you how to use tools like the degree audit report so you can select courses confidently. 

How can I explore career possibilities? Should I think about graduate programs?

Your adviser can guide you through the potential paths you can pursue after graduating. They can talk you through possible careers for your interests and degree, help you consider graduate-level study, and point you to others you can talk to for more advice.

What’s the best way to get in touch with you?

Every person has different communication preferences, so don’t leave your appointment without understanding how to contact your adviser with any urgent questions. You can also decide how frequently you want to meet in person based on your schedules this semester.

Your adviser is a critical part of your support system at CU Boulder. Leverage their full expertise to help you achieve your academic, personal and career goals. Schedule an appointment with your adviser.

Adviser and student

Big picture questions

Your advisor can also help answer broader questions about your campus experience, such as:

  • When should I start thinking about studying abroad? How does that work?
  • What should I do to get involved on campus?
  • How do I make the most of my college experience?
  • What should I do if I don’t like any of my classes?   
  • How can I be intentional in building my résumé before I graduate?
  • How do I develop leadership and critical-thinking skills in college?
  • How do I set goals for college and beyond?
  • What is your top advice for a student with interests—or uncertain interests—like me?

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