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Academic Advising


The mission of Academic Advising at the UNF is committed to creating an advising environment in which advisors assist students’ working toward intellectual and personal goals. UNF strives to provide an inclusive environment in which advisors help all prospective, current, and returning students make responsible and informed decisions about their educational and career plans that are consistent with their values, interests, and abilities. UNF’s diverse student population will be provided tools and resources to empower them in becoming lifelong learners.

Advising Philosophy

Advisors at UNF strive to guide students towards their academic goals by providing information, references, and advice; however, they will not make choices for the student. Advising is an engaging process between the advisor and the advisee where ultimately the student is in full control of his/her educational experience. Academic advisors are the resource to help students succeed.

Goals of Advising 

The members of the Academic Advising Council (AAC) respect and support the institution’s vision, mission, and goals, recognizing the shared responsibility of the university community to accomplish these goals.

  1. Ensure that students have access to knowledgeable and informed advisors in a supportive and open environment with care and respect.
  2. Mentor students as they explore and clarify their educational, career, and life goals.
  3. Develop educational and career plans consistent with student values, interests, and abilities.
  4. Provide accurate information about educational opportunities, requirements, policies and procedures. 
  5. Educate students on appropriate support services to meet individual needs.
  6. Educate students on transformational learning opportunities such as internships, research, and study abroad.

Advisor Responsibilities

To support the core values of the UNF advising program, advisors will:

  • Participate in ongoing professional development and advising education.
  • Access technology that supports and enhances their ability to work with students.
  • Be attentive and respectful in their interactions with students.
  • Promote intentional programs for new students that introduce them to opportunities for intellectual and personal growth. 
  • Foster and support relationships with and refer students to campus programs, offices, and personnel that facilitate intellectual and personal growth. 
  • Continually challenge and support students in their pursuit of meaningful university experiences and progress toward achievement of individual educational goals.
  • Establish a positive working relationship with students through using effective communication styles. 
  • Assist students in making connections between their interests and abilities and available educational programs. 
  • Promote connections between students and faculty.
  • Promote an intentional decision making process and demonstrate how students can effectively use it.
  • Provide an open environment in which students can explore educational options.
  • Understand, adhere to, and effectively communicate their understanding of university requirements, policies, and procedures.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of university resources and make appropriate referrals.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of student development theory as it applies to academic advising and student success.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with relevant campus offices which support student success.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of transformational learning and research opportunities.
  • Develop and maintain relationships that are integral to TLO opportunities. 
  • Communicate relevance and importance of TLO and study abroad opportunities in relation to students’ educational career goals. 
  • Assist students in making connections between their program of study and available TLO, study abroad, and research.
  • Maintain confidentiality and uphold FERPA Regulations.

Advisee Responsibilities

*Note: Students newly admitted to UNF or their academic college and major must meet with their academic advisor within the first semester

To achieve your ultimate academic goal, you will...
  • Prepare to visit your advisor by scheduling appointments and/or coming to walk-in advising early in the semester.
  • Arrive early to your appointment and be prepared with all required materials.
  • Be knowledgeable of your academic progress and status including: grades, GPA, academic history, academic schedule and standing.
  • Clarify personal values and goals, and provide the advisor with accurate information regarding your interests and abilities.
  • Learn and comprehend campus policies, procedures, and requirements for graduation.
  • Check your University of North Florida e-mail daily and reply, respond or take action as required.
  • Conduct yourself in a manner that is professional and respectful to others.
  • Expect to be responsible for your own actions and decisions.