To support you throughout your course of study, we offer a three-pronged comprehensive approach to student advising—faculty advisors, academic advisors, and peer advisors.
Your faculty advisor is an instructor or professor in the School of Education, and often in your program or department, assigned to you when you matriculate. They are available to assist you with academic decision-making and planning, and provide personal and professional support. For graduate students, your advisor will help you develop your program of study and discuss your program requirements (such as a portfolio or intensive exam). Faculty advisors maintain posted office hours and are available to meet with students on a regular basis.
Academic advisors are professional staff in the Office of Academic and Student Services help you plan and keep track of your academic goals and get you ready for graduation. They can help you with the registration process, graduation requirements, transferring programs or credits, University and School policies and rules, and documentation. They can also help you with college life issues like family and relationships, exploring other programs at Syracuse University, and help you find and use other resources and offices on campus.
Peer advisors are upper-division School of Education students who serve as a resource for incoming first-year students, beginning in the summer prior to arriving on campus and lasting throughout the freshman year. Your peer advisor is usually enrolled in your academic program of study, and many times hails from a similar geographic area as you. These seasoned veterans of the School of Education are well-trained to answer your questions about academic and social life within Syracuse University and have first-hand experience of what it is like to enter into the School of Education community for the first time.