Advisor Roles

Academic Advisor

This advisor will most likely assist you with the following:

  • understanding the General Education (GE) curriculum and choosing appropriate GE courses as they relate to your program of study.
  • assisting you with matters related to your pending graduation
  • interpreting university policies and procedures
  • referrals to campus support services
  • general problem-solving guidance

Athletic Advisor

An athletic advisor is assigned to each team to provide individualized attention to each team member. They provide assistance on issues of academic eligibility, and procedures in compliance with NCAA, Big Ten, and Ohio State University academic standards and policies. They also collaborate with college academic advisors to provide academic information related to a student's progress in his/her degree program.

Career Services Advisor

Your career services advisor will assist you if you need help looking for an internship, writing a resume, practicing for interviews, or starting your job search.

College Office Advisor

This advisor will most likely assist you with the following:

  • understanding the General Education (GE) curriculum and choosing appropriate GE courses as they relate to your program of study.
  • assisting you with matters related to your pending graduation
  • interpreting university policies and procedures
  • referrals to campus support services
  • general problem-solving guidance

Departmental Advisor

Your department advisor is considered a "specialist" in your area of study. This advisor, who works for the department that offers your major, is either a full-time professional advisor or a faculty member in the department who does advising in addition to teaching and research. You should consult this person on issues related specifically to your major, internships, and research opportunities.

Faculty Advisor

Your faculty advisor is considered a "specialist" in your area of study. This advisor, who works for the department that offers your major, is most likely a faculty member in the department who also does advising in addition to teaching and research. You should consult this person on issues related specifically to your major, internships, research opportunities, honors research, and/or your thesis project.

Honors Advisor

Generally, you will consult with this advisor for procedural matters, for information about degree requirements, for assistance with an Honors Contract, and for information about other special honors opportunities.

ODI Advisor

ODI Counselors advise from a culturally holistic perspective, addressing developmental, emotional, financial, personal, and social issues that may affect the academic performance and retention of students funded by and affiliated with the office. ODI students are served by staff in one or more of the following programs: ACCESS Collaborative, Bell Resource Center, Bridge Program, Campus Change, Mentoring Program, Post-Baccalaureate Preparation Program, or Retention Services.

Major Advisor

Your major advisor is considered a "specialist" in your area of study. This advisor, who works for the department that offers your major, is either a full-time professional advisor or a faculty member in the department who does advising in addition to teaching and research. You should consult this person on issues related specifically to your major, internships, and research opportunities.

Minor Advisor

Your minor advisor is considered a "specialist" in your minor area of study. This advisor, who works for the department that offers the minor, is either a full-time professional advisor or a faculty member in the department who does advising in addition to teaching and research. You should consult this person on issues related specifically to your minor. For a list of approved undergraduate minors and to learn how to declare a particular minor and/or make changes, visit this link: http://artsandsciences.osu.edu/students/minors.

Scholars Advisor

Scholars advisors coordinate programs and events for students enrolled in the University Scholars programs. Advisors in some of the scholars programs also serve as primary academic advisor to students in the program.