Advisement Services Center

The Advisement Services Center (ASC) serves as an undergraduate advisement resource center for all undergraduate students as well as for faculty and staff who work with students in an advising relationship. ASC provides individual academic advisement, coordinates pre-professional advisement and support services, and connects students to University-wide resources.

Students who need assistance regarding their academic concerns are encouraged to contact the Advisement Services Center, LI-36 (518-442-3960), or visit their web page at www.albany.edu/advisement.

Academic Advisement

Freshmen, students who have not declared a major, and students intending to pursue a restricted major are advised either by the staff of ASC or by the staff of the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP). All students who are admitted to the University through the Educational Opportunities Program receive academic advisement from EOP counselors until they graduate.

Freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisors. ASC advisors are in regular contact with the University’s academic departments and programs to insure that advisors have pertinent and up-to-date information about school and college offerings. The advisor is therefore able to assist each student to plan and select a course of study that is consistent with the student’s abilities, interests, achievements, and future plans. Information about courses, academic study at other institutions, interpretation of the University’s academic policies, and referral to other University offices and individuals for assistance with the student’s concerns are part of the services provided by academic advisors. 

Students may “declare” their major at any time after earning 24 credits and completing any other requirements for admission to that major. It is easiest to complete all requirements if a major is chosen by the end of the sophomore year. Some financial aid programs require that a student declare a major by the junior year. Once a major is declared, students receive academic advisement from the major department.

Students are required to meet with their academic advisor prior to registering for courses each semester. In addition, students are encouraged to meet with their advisor on a regular basis. Together the student and advisor can evaluate the student’s academic experiences and goals, and formulate appropriate educational plans.

To complement faculty advisement, ASC serves as an advisement resource for both faculty and students needing clarification or interpretation of University academic policies, procedures, and programs.

Advising PLUS

Advising PLUS connects students with the resources they need to be successful and to make the most of their educational experiences. These resources address academic assistance with general study skills or specific class tutoring, as well as other difficulties that might interfere with academic success. Resources are also available for advising concerns and academic enrichment that will enhance career development and direction. Individualized plans and follow-up are provided.

Advising PLUS is currently located within the Advisement Services Center, LI 36. Barbara Brown, Coordinator 518-442-3971 aplus@albany.edu, http://www.albany.edu/advisingplus/.

Health Careers Advisement

Approximately 80-100 students from the University apply annually for admission to medical, dental, optometry, podiatry, chiropractic, veterinary, and other allied health professional schools. There is little variation in the basic requirements for admission to the professional schools. The majority of these schools require the General Biology sequence and one full year of study in chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, mathematics, and English. Many health profession schools now strongly recommend or require that students complete some advanced science coursework, and humanities and/or social science courses as well. There is no special major for pre-professional health careers, and the requirements for admission can be met through a variety of majors available at the University.

 The Pre-Health Advisor in the Advisement Services Center is available to meet with all students considering health professions preparation. Guidance is provided in regard to curriculum, admission requirements, extracurricular opportunities, and the application process.

Resource materials, admission statistics, and procedural information are available for University students by contacting the Pre-Health Advisor in the Advisement Services Center, LI-36, or by checking the pre-health website at http://www.albany.edu/advisement/prehealth.shtml. Students should sign up for the pre-health listserv found there to receive current information about campus speakers and seminars.

Pre-Law Advisement

There is no single “best” program of study in preparation for law school, and students are encouraged to consider a variety of alternatives. The Association of American Law Schools recommends a broad-based liberal arts curriculum and considers the prescription of particular courses unwise.

The Pre-Law Advisor in the Advisement Services Center is available to meet with all students considering law school. Personalized assistance is offered in regard to curriculum planning, preparing personal statements and the application process.

Students interested in law school should watch for meetings of the Student Pre-Law Association and on-campus visits of law schools. Additionally, the Pre-Law Advisor maintains a listserv for all pre-law students to disseminate timely information about workshops, tests, guest speakers, and special opportunities. Special seminars are offered each semester to provide assistance on applications, test preparation, and planning for law school financing.