Academic advising is a critical component of your educational experience and success. You will have a better experience at UL if you take advantage of the opportunities to meet with your faculty advisor to discuss course options, career aspirations and research possibilities in the department.
Student Responsibilities for Academic Advising
Each student at UL Lafayette is assigned an academic advisor. If you have declared as a Biology major your advisor will be from this department. Students can find advisor information via the STUDENT TAB on ULink, or inquire in the Department of Biology office (BLD 108). You should meet with your advisor during Early Advising periods (in March for Summer/Fall and in October for Spring) to talk about courses you should take for upcoming semesters and have your academic hold on registration removed.
- Contact your advisor to introduce yourself and schedule an advising appointment. You can email or call them to schedule the appointment. If you are sending an email, be sure to include your CLID and 2-3 times that would be good times for you to be advised. Some advisers want you to sign up on a sign up sheet by their office door. You will need to check with your specific advisor as to how they prefer you schedule your advising appointments.
- Prior to your advising appointment, pick up a blue Academic Advising Form from the Department of Biology office (BLD 108) and fill out the top part of the form.
- Be prepared for your advising appointment by being knowledgeable about the course requirements (see links to degree plans) and what electives interest you.
- Bring the blue Academic Advising Form with you to your scheduled advising appointment.
Problems with Advising
If you are not satisfied with your advising experience and would like to discuss the problem, request a new advisor or simply voice your concern, send an e-mail to the Advising Committee describing the issue. Your comments and requests will be evaluated by the Advising Committee.
Academic Success Center
The Academic Success Center (Lee Hall, Rm. 115) is an excellent resource at UL Lafayette for academic support services, and is a place to start if you have a question and do not know where to find the answer, particularly if you have not yet been assigned an advisor in the Department of Biology.