Students who have completed 30 credit hours or more (i.e. sophomore, junior, and senior students) and have declared a major are assigned a departmental advisor in their chosen area of study. Students with 30 or more credit hours who have not declared a major will continue working with their assigned freshman advisor.
Once assigned an upper-division advisor, you will receive an e-mail notifying you of available services. Your new advisor may also contact you, but you're encouraged to take responsibility and establish communication yourself.
Among other things, your advisor will assist you in understanding your chosen major's requirements, monitoring your academic progress, preparing long-range plans for the completion of degree requirements, and planning for graduate school and/or careers.
Working With Your Advisor
Once you have completed 30 credits and have a declared major, you will be assigned to an Upper Division departmental advisor based on your current major, and their offices are located across campus within the academic departments. The name and contact information for your Upper Division advisor will be listed on your DegreeWorks audit and can also be found by selecting "Current Degree and Advisor" under the "Student Records" link in Self-Service Banner (SSB).
As an upper-division student, you will need to work more closely with your Upper-Division departmental advisor and the Upper-Division Advising Center. The emphasis on service is an emphasis on making your degree program the best preparation for your individual goal by discussing requirements, choosing electives, thinking about internships or immersive learning experiences, tracking progress, and following deadlines and procedures.
To schedule an appointment with your academic advisor, go to MyBSU and click on Navigate. Advisors conduct appointments in person, through Zoom, by phone, and by email. You can also call or visit the Upper-Division Advising Center in North Quad 340 at (765) 285-5490 during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the summer) for assistance.
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For answers to common advising questions, check out our FAQs. If you can't find an answer, contact your advisor for assistance.