Please email ComAdv@albany.edu to set up an appointment with Undergraduate Studies Advisor Dan Capogna. Please identify yourself as JRL major or minor and include your student ID on correspondence.
Keep your eyes on your email. The advising office will send out messages about events, deadlines, workshops, lectures, or book clubs, or advisement for advance registration, among other relevant information.
Call: 518-442-4875 to make an appointment until we establish our walk-in hours in Social Science 331.
You MUST bring a newly run copy of your degree audit with you in order to be advised. Your audit may be on paper or on your laptop, provided your laptop has a full-size screen. If you plan on bringing in your audit on your laptop be sure you can access it and have it pulled up BEFORE you come for advisement (Microsoft products, like Internet Explorer, work better with University systems than products like Safari). If you cannot easily access your audit you will be asked to return with a paper copy. If your audit is more than 48 hours old you will be asked to return with a newer version. You can find your degree audit on MyUAlbany under the academics tab.
The Advisor Verification Number (AVN) is the key that unlocks your registration options on MyUAlbany each semester. AVNs are distributed from about the 6th week of the semester through the last day of classes. In order to receive an AVN you must come to SS 331 during office hours with a newly printed degree audit and meet with a member of the advisement staff. At the end of the meeting you will be given a summary of what was discussed, as well as your AVN.
Journalism majors have faculty mentors assigned by the advising office. Faculty mentors will be with students through their careers as Journalism majors. Faculty mentors are a resource for students, and hopefully students will develop relationships with their mentors over the course of time. A mentor does not replace academic advising, but offers a place within the department to talk about careers, graduate schools, foci within the major, or other information about the department and our courses. Students should strive to see their faculty mentors at least once per academic year, in addition to their advising session every semester.
Always bring a newly accessed copy of your DARS audit. If you do not bring a copy of your DARS audit, you will be asked to return with one at a later time. Please save them, as they are the only record of your academic progress.
You can be advised even if there is a "hold" on your account. Do not wait until the hold is resolved to be advised.
Students who may not return the following semester should also be advised. It is better to have a plan you don't use, than not have one when you need it.
Journalism majors can meet with any one of the advisement staff for AVNs. For all other advisement issues please make an appointment with the Advisement officer or visit during a period outside of advance registration advisement.
Fill in any forms you need to have evaluated or signed as completely as possible prior to your arrival.
The last advisee is seen 15 minutes before the office closes. Students who are not seated with a staff member by 15 minutes before the posted closing time will be asked to return the next day. No exceptions.
Seniors are restricted from taking 100 level courses. Be sure you have completed your general education and 100 level requirements before you have earned 88 credits.
If you plan on taking courses outside of the University or abroad it is important to have your courses evaluated before you sign up and pay your fees to be sure the course/s will come into your major or count toward a requirement or credits.