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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Advising Services

Welcome to the Advising Services page. Did you know that advising is so much more than registration? Keep reading to see how your advisor can help you be successful and reach your potential!

Meet with your A&S | Maxwell advisor

Our professional team members can meet with you by appointment throughout the academic year. They'll help you understand the purpose of a liberal arts education and guide you during the course of your academic career.

Your advisor can help you:

  • explore academic options
  • understand the Liberal Arts Core
  • select courses, majors, and minors
  • connect with University resources during challenging times
  • develop time management skills
  • map strategies to improve academic performance
  • identify academic enrichment opportunities
  • maintain steady progress toward degree completion
  • plan for graduate school or entry into the job market

Make an Appointment through Orange Success.

Our office has new protocols for student engagement this Fall semester.

Advising Appointments (In-Person and Virtual options available):

Please make one-on-one appointments as usual through Orange Success. You will have the option to select an in-person or virtual appointment with your assigned advisor.

Visits to the Advising office will be by appointment only. Masks and observance of social distancing are required.

Topics to discuss in your appointment:

  • core check/degree progress/academic plans/104R forms
  • majors/minors/IUT/Study Abroad
  • career exploration
  • challenges (either personal or academic), so your advisor can guide you to available resources
  • registration / advising holds

Drop-In Appointments (Virtual format only via Zoom)Professional advisors are available for 15-minute virtual drop-ins for brief, time-sensitive discussions. These interactions are designed to accomplish a quick, specific task, that require minimal knowledge of your academic record.

Drop-In hours are Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. The link to access the virtual drop-in queue can be found on the advising homepage https://thecollege.syr.edu/student-success/

After completing the online process for a virtual drop-in, you will be placed into a queue and will be assisted by the next available advisor. When your turn is up, the advisor assisting you will directly email you a Zoom link to your syr.edu address, so you can join the virtual drop-in session. Please make sure to monitor your email upon check-in.

Examples of topics that can be addressed during Drop-Ins:

Certain forms: Major/minor declaration forms, Student Association forms, questions about tutoring services, etc.

Explore Your Major Possibilities and Develop an Academic Plan

Our professional advisors offer personalized, one-on-one assistance to students who are in the process of exploring and selecting their major. Your assigned advisor will guide you through the discovery process if you are considering declaring or changing your major, adding one or more majors, adding one or more minors, or dropping a major or minor. They will also help you define an academic plan to progress to degree completion in a timely and effective manner.

You can choose a major based on interests, aptitudes and abilities, personality, values and lifestyle, among other characteristics.

As part of the process of exploring majors, our professional staff sometimes make use of various self-assessments in helping students to identify their interests, values, and personality.

Schedule an appointment with your assigned advisor via Orange Success to discover the possibilities available for you.

Declare a Major or Minor

For students matriculated prior to Academic Year 2020-2021: When arriving at Syracuse University, all students who entered the College of Arts and Sciences provide an indication of their intended major or area of interest; however, all students are undeclared until they follow the official declaration of major process. Once academic counselors assist students with exploring all of their interests, skills, and academic talents to help them integrate and build the optimal interdisciplinary academic plan, students often feel ready to declare their major and, potentially, minor plans.

To officially declare a major, students must complete a Major Declaration Form, which must be approved by the department and submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Academic and Career Advising at 342 Hall of Languages.

Once students declare a major, they are appointed a faculty mentor for their major of study. Some majors stipulate certain grade performance in foundational courses before students can declare the major, and students are encouraged to consult with a faculty advisor about each major's unique program requirements. Advisors are here to assist students with the development of the best-suited academic plan to achieve success.