The First Dozen Questions to As an Advisee

  1. What do you hope eventually to do with your life?
    What do you see yourself doing a year or two after graduation?
  2. Why did you choose to come to the college?
  3. What major or majors are you considering?
  4. Are you considering those majors to prepare for a career?
    Do you really enjoy that area of study?
    Do you expect it will lead to a high paying job/prestigious job?
  5. Are there any special situations that we need to consider in planning your educational program?
    Do you have a job? On-campus or off?
    How many hours a week do you work?
    Do you have family responsibilities?
    Do you have a disability?
    Anything else I ought to know?
  6. What questions do you have about:
    the college
    your major
  7. Do you live on campus?
    Where will you live?
  8. What kinds of outside activities do you like? (sports, films, music, theater, student government, literary)
  9. Are you aware of the resources available to you? (tutoring, counseling, career planning, study abroad, honors)
  10. What, if anything, worries you about your college career?
  11. Do you have concerns about adjusting to the college?
  12. How can I as your adviser help you most?
    • college policies
    • scheduling
    • career guidance
    • problems — personal, academic
    • information

adapted from Athleen Stere, Altoona College

An Additional Question  set that might be helpful to ask would be as follows:

  • Have you earned any college credits, for example at a community college, in a
    dual enrollment course in high school, by scoring 5 on an AP test, or by scoring 6 on an IB test? If so, have you requested that a transcript be sent
    to the Registrar’s Office, Mary Baldwin, Staunton, VA 24401?