Academic and financial advising
At SCAD, success advisers are undergraduate students' primary contacts for help in completing an educational program. Advisers help students assess and match their interests, skills and abilities to programs available at SCAD; help students with major declaration, course selection, course sequencing and registration; and provide students with accurate information about SCAD academic and financial policies, procedures, resources and programs.
Success advisers provide students with guidance in understanding, planning for and meeting the cost of their education. Advisers help with finance-related questions and work individually with each student to plan a strategy for meeting educational expenses.
Success advisers work closely with incoming freshmen during the First Year Experience course to help them understand their responsibilities and roles in the educational process. Advisers also meet individually with incoming transfer students during the first quarter of enrollment. All students are given the tools to be proactive in seeking advisement and in following through on actions that help them succeed academically.
How success advisers are assigned
Before the first quarter of enrollment, each student is assigned a success adviser based on the student's declared or intended major. Students receive the adviser assignment and contact information at orientation.
Students who would like to speak with an adviser prior to orientation may obtain contact information from their admission counselors. Current students may see their assigned adviser on MySCAD through their SCAD Pro Adviser degree audit in the Advising channel or through the Academic Profile channel.
Roles of the success adviser and student
- Serves as the primary resource and guide for student success
- Assists students in developing educational goals and selecting a major
- Recommends course selections for registration
- Serves as a referral for university resources
- Provides information on financial policies and resources
- Schedules and attends advising appointments
- Becomes familiar with the policies in the SCAD catalog and student handbook
- Follows through on actions identified in success advising or faculty advising meetings
- Knows academic standing and academic needs in order to fulfill degree requirements
- Learns and meets course requirements, appropriate course sequencing and any other requirements
- Registers online on the assigned dates and makes all schedule changes before the end of the drop/add period
- Accepts final responsibility for all decisions
- Knows and adheres to payment deadlines in order to secure future course registration
- Seeks counsel on available financial resources