Types of Advisement
A student might seek support or advisement for a variety of reasons throughout their academic career. Whether a student has a question about school policies or degree progress, or is interested in exploring areas as yet unknown to them, or just wants to talk through their goals and bounce ideas off someone to further develop their plan, advisors can work with student to help them achieve their goals. See "Acclimating To and Navigating NYU" below.
Each school has organized the advisement process in a way that matches its specific curricular offerings and students' needs, and may provide one or more of the following types of advisement. (For an overview of how advisement works for your school, please click here.)
These offices are staffed by teams of full-time professionals who are broadly knowledgeable about the overall advising process in a school. They are central anchor points in a school's academic advisement system and the place to go when unsure where to turn for any question or problem related to advisement. To find your advisor, please click here.
In some schools, students receive primary advisement in the department or program office of their declared or intended major. While there may be some overlap with more general academic and administrative guidance, departmental advising frequently involves faculty and is intended to provide a more focused concentration on the knowledge, skills, and experiences associated with a particular discipline. Students should refer to individual department websites for the most accurate and up-to-date information.
Faculty advisors provide guidance related to both academic and professional pursuits in a particular area of study. Academic advice from faculty complements and extends other forms of academic advisement and classroom learning. Faculty members serve as intellectual mentors, and help students to understand better the process of acquiring and applying knowledge, and to develop an appreciation for exploration, discovery, and the life of the mind.
Some schools have advisors that focus on the specific needs of a particular class as they progress through the stages of their undergraduate career. For an overview on how your school's advisement process works, click here.