In the spring of 2006, OSU’s Council of Head Advisors adopted common Advisor/Advisee expectations toward consistent practice across campus (updated in 2020).

As an advisee, you should:

Take Responsibility

Understand and accept that you are ultimately responsible for your education and your own decisions.

Learn and understand OSU’s policies, procedures, and requirements as they relate to your academic success and/or degree completion.

Be aware of and abide by academic calendar deadlines.


Be Prepared

Prepare for and be active in your advising session, and ask questions when you have them.

Utilize the technological resources available to inform yourself on your degree requirements and options.

Cancel appointments that cannot be kept.


Be Self-Aware

Work to clarify your personal values, abilities, and goals and share them with your advisor.

Keep your local address and phone up to date in Student Online Services and utilize and check your Oregon State email account daily for important information coming from your advisor and the institution. 


Be Honest

Provide accurate and truthful information when being advised.


Be Intentional

Initiate a purposeful relationship with your advisor and make appointments when requested and/or when necessary.

Follow through on plans-of-action identified during advising sessions.

Your advisor should:

Be an Advocate

Develop a purposeful relationship with and be an advocate for their advisees.

Inform their advisees of the nature of the advisor/advisee relationship.

Assist their advisees in defining and developing expressed educational, career, and life plans.


Help individualize your education plan

Promote learning opportunities that will help students define or meet personal goals and plans.

Assist their advisees in preparing a program that is consistent with their abilities and interests.


Make connections to resources

Guide their advisees to campus resources and special services available to them.

Refer their advisees to those resources that can enhance or supplement their academic or personal experience.


Stay current

Provide timely and accurate educational information.

Cultivate expertise on shared technological resources that are part of their advisees' academic journeys. 


Clarify information

Monitor progress toward educational/career goals.

Interpret and explain institutional policies, procedures and requirements.