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Advising Information

Advising Center

Academic advising is an integral part of the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences’ (CECAS) commitment to helping students meet their academic and personal goals. Academic advisors provide students with specialized, personal contact and ensure that they make satisfactory academic progress.

Advising is an ongoing educational process where students work with their advisor to maximize their educational experience. Clemson University values quality academic advising, understanding that valuable advising is not limited to registration or course selection but also provides information and directs students to resources that enable sound career and personal choices.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is broken up by area of study. For all engineering students, you will begin in General Engineering Advising before declaring your major and moving into the specific program. By clicking below, you will view your academic advising team and how to set up an appointment, learn about degree-specific courses, and explore majors and careers.

How Advisors Can Help You

Your academic advisor will meet with you each semester during pre-registration advising to help with course selection and monitor your degree progress. If you need to speak to an advisor at other times during the semester, you can request an appointment or visit drop-in hours. Many advisors will have drop-in hours before mid-terms or before the last day to add or drop a class.

Besides course selection, here are some other reasons to meet with your advisor:

  • develop academic goals to meet your career goals
  • discuss academic challenges and support services
  • connect with resources and services on campus
  • learn about ways to get involved outside the classroom
  • discuss changing your schedule (i.e., adding or dropping courses)
  • complete academic forms
  • declare or change your major
  • clarify university academic policies and procedures

The Advising Relationship

Advising is a partnership between you and the advisor. It takes effort by both parties to ensure a great advising experience. Make the most of your advising experience by understanding the role of the advisor and student.

meeting with an advisor

  • Initiate contact and meet with your advisor regularly
  • Contact your advisor when you have questions about policies, procedures, and resources
  • Assume responsibility for and ownership of your actions and decisions
  • Be an active participant in your education and experiences
  • Become familiar with major requirements and monitor your progress towards degree completion
  • Register for the courses that you and your advisor determine appropriate for your educational goals
  • Follow up on advisor’s recommendations and suggestions
  • Explore degree options and their relationships to careers
  • Develop an educational plan and monitor progress
  • Assist with the selection of appropriate courses based on personal interests and intended major
  • Describe available campus resources and make referrals to students as appropriate
  • Clarify and assist in adhering to university academic policies and procedures
  • Advocate on your behalf when appropriate
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Richardson Profile

Trey Richardson
Mechanical Engineering, '22

I’ve had an amazing experience with CECAS advising. From registering classes freshman year to helping other students build their own schedules during my orientation ambassador role, I’ve had an incredible time getting to work with these advisors and observing the success they set up for incoming freshmen.