The principle purpose of academic advising is to aid YOU, the student, in planning your academic career. Successful academic advising occurs when you, your advisor and counselor work together as partners in seeking academic advisement prior to registering for classes is critically important.
Academic advising and counseling is a service that offers students opportunities to learn much more than what courses they should take to complete a major. This includes advice about a wide array of matters related to students' choices of majors and courses, including appropriateness between those choices and students' career goals, further educational goals and abilities.
Ultimately, responsibility for making decisions about your life goals and educational plans rests with you.
Below you will find responsibilities that Alfaisal University finds important for our advisors, counselors and our students. Please go over them carefully and use them as one of your guides to success.

Advisor Responsibilities to the Student

  • Your advisor will meet with you during the orientation to help you in your academic/ educational transition to Alfaisal University.
  • Your advisor will be prepared to meet with you within the first week to assist with schedule changes in the drop/add period when necessary.
  • Your advisor will maintain a current file on your progress toward your major and degree requirements, commensurate with your goals and objects.
  • Your advisor will post his office hours and adhere to them.

How to know your advisor?

Counselor responsibilities to the student

  • Your university counselor will assist you in identifying educational, career, and personal goals.
  • The university counselor should provide guidance and assistance to you.
  • Students can express freely any concerns should problems to the counselor and advice for any help needed.
  • The university counselor will encourage you to take an active role in your academic program and will counsel you on regulations, programs and graduation requirements.
  • The university counselor can advise you with some techniques and strategies to help you explore academically, on a career, personal, social and professional level.
  • The counselor will serve as a primary communication source to you by providing current information about academic policies, procedures, regulations and programs during pre-registration and registration.
  • The counselor will have knowledge of college referral sources and services which may assist you in your educational, career, and/or personal development.
  • The counselor will confront you openly and honestly on issues of integrity, academic honesty, behaviors, rights and responsibilities.
  • The counselor will actively listen to you and make every effort to facilitate your needs.
  • The counseling office is responsible for providing a healthy development and great academic progress for their students in addition to considering ways to make their program more effective and fun.

Student Responsibilities to the Advisor and Counselor

  • You have the responsibility to meet with your advisor during orientation.
  • You have the responsibility to meet with your advisor within the first week of classes to open communication and adjust your schedule during the drop/add period when necessary.
  • You are an active participate in the advisor/student relationship. As such, you will communicate concerns, needs, and problems in an effort to keep your advisor apprised.
  • You are responsible to schedule a pre-registration advising appointment. You are responsible to know course requirements for your major program, think about course selection and develop a tentative outline of courses and class schedule.
  • You are responsible to go to your advisor/counselor when you need him as a college informational source.
  • You are responsible to know the office hours and location of your advisor and counselor.HOW?
  • You have the responsibility to maintain a personal advising file, which includes program requirements, advising notes, and other information disseminated.
  • You are responsible to be knowledgeable about college policies, procedures and regulations as well as program and graduation requirements. Sources of information include the college catalog and the Student Handbook.
  • The student should maintain a high level of professionalism and respect towards his college advisor and university counselor.