What is academic advising?

Academic advising is a decision-making process by which students realize their maximum educational potential through communication and information exchanges with an advisor. It is ongoing, multifaceted, and the responsibility of both the student and the advisor.

Although advising is a shared responsibility between an advisor and the student, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to make decisions about their life goals by creating a plan to reach those goals. The advisor serves as a facilitator of communication and a coordinator of learning experiences through course and career planning and academic progress reviews. It’s a student-centered process that enables one to make the most of their university experience.  

Academic advisors are committed to providing every undergraduate student with high-quality assistance, in order to support them in the development and pursuit of academic objectives consistent with their life goals and the available opportunities at UBC’s Okanagan campus.  


For more information, view our Academic Advising Syllabus

How can academic advisors help?

Academic advising is available to all students. Our goal is to assist students in a variety of ways. Advisors can explain the academic requirements for university programs; discuss and explain the requirements of the programs offered; interpret academic policies and procedures; develop program plans; discuss various program options; help students improve their study skills, and refer students to appropriate departments and services for follow up. Students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor on a regular basis to ensure that they are on track.

What do our students have to say?

“Thank you so much for your help over these past few months, it has really made such a difference and I feel so much more confident with what I would like to pursue thanks to you.”

“I really appreciate all of your help and your infinite patience! You have been terrific from day one.”

“Thank you so much for taking the time to give me such detailed and hope filled responses. I have not found such care and attention from other schools I have applied to, once again reaffirming my passion for UBC’s Okanagan campus.”

“Thank you! It has been a positive experience working with you, I will be sure to contact you in the future!”

“I truly want to thank you for all of your time and effort that you have (and continue) to put in for guiding me during my time enrolled at UBCO. I want to let you know that your genuine willingness to help me (as well as every other student) is very appreciated!”

"I would just like to thank you personally from the bottom of my heart for all of the time and effort you have put into helping me with my situation. The information you have provided is invaluable and I am so grateful for this opportunity. Your customer service has been wonderful; if it appropriate to consider it as such."






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