Catalog 2014–2015

Academic Advising

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The importance of obtaining regular academic advising cannot be overstated. Advising is an essential part of educational success and a very important resource designed to help students complete the requirements of the University and the individual majors. Students should consult with a faculty advisor at least once a semester to decide on courses, ensure academic progress toward graduation, and discuss career options and other educational opportunities provided by UH Hilo. Advising is a shared responsibility, but students have final responsibility for meeting degree requirements.

Students accepted to the University with declared majors are advised by faculty advisors. Faculty advisors are specialists in their subjects and in the major requirements, and they have important information about related graduate programs and employment opportunities in their disciplines. Faculty advisors provide guidance on all academic requirements throughout the student’s college career.

Exploratory students, students who do not declare a major when entering the University, are designated as “General” students. The Advising Center assists these students with designing a program of study to meet the General Education requirements. The Advising Center also provides these students with information about possible major fields and academic regulations.