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Academic Advising

Academic Advising at Alverno College:

At Alverno College, Professional and Faculty Advisors work with all students to help them to understand Alverno’s unique ability-based curriculum, their specific program of study and the resources/tools needed to manage/support their academic journey. 

Professional Academic Advisors – are based in the Advising Office and work with new Weekday College undergraduate students during their first one to four semesters.  They also advise all students in the Weekend College program.

Promise Scholar Advisors – are based in the Advising Office and work with specific Weekday College undergraduate students who are part of the Promise Scholar program.  Promise Scholar Advisors work with their advisees through graduation.

Faculty Advisors – are based in their respective academic school/division/department.   All  Weekday College undergraduate students are transitioned from a Professional Academic Advisor to a Faculty Advisor(s) in their major area of study once they have reached a specific level in their program.  Students in Alverno’s Degree Completion and Graduate programs are also advised by a faculty member. Several weekday programs also provide dual advisory.

Dual Advising – Students in Alverno’s Adult Evening & Online program are advised by both a Professional Academic Advisor and a Faculty Advisor in their major.

The Academic Advising Office & Professional Advisors:

The Academic Advising Office is located in FO 121 and is staffed by five full-time Professional Advisors, two Promise Scholar Advisors, two Administrative Assistants and a Student employee.

In addition to working with all students to help them to understand Alverno’s unique ability-based curriculum, their specific program of study and the resources/tools needed to manage/support their academic journey, the Professional Academic Advisors and Advising Office staff also:

Assist brand new and continuing students with schedule planning and with the registration process

Collaboratively work with students to create personalize graduation plans

Facilitate solution-based problem-solving with students, faculty & staff

Assist students in understanding Alverno’s policies & procedures

Coordinate the Peer Advising and Student-On-Leave programs

Assist students who return from a Student-on-Leave or an Official Withdrawal

Refer students to other college resources

Provide training and support for Faculty Advisors

Participate in numerous cross-campus committees, work groups and organizations

Regular Advising Office Hours:*

Professional Academic Advisors are available to connect with students by individual appointment (in-person & phone), through group-advising sessions and via e-mail contact. In addition, during the fall and spring semesters walk-in advising is also available during specific hours.

The Advising Office is regularly open:   Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.  

During the Fall & Spring terms, walk-in assistance (first-come/first-serve) is available during Advisor of the AM/PM hours, which are typically:  Monday-Thursday 9:30am-3:30pm

To schedule an appointment, please Contact the Advising Office by phone at (414) 382-6029 or stop in FO 121.  In addition, students can schedule appointments online via Outlook.

*For those needing evening/weekend appointment times, please call your advisor directly to schedule a time to meet.

To connect with someone in the Advising Office you can also e-mail us at  


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Advising Period:
October 17 - October 30

Advising Info for Spring, 2017!
All students are STRONGLY encouraged to meet with their advisor to discuss their registration plans prior to or during the Advising Period (i.e. well in advance of your registration time/date). Using your Academic Evaluation, you should have or create a long term plan which accounts for all of your remaining courses/validations and you should be regularly reviewing it with your advisor. This includes updating your graduation date by going to IOL and updating your Student Information. Please read all communication from your advisor and major department related to the upcoming registration period. Each department handles advising differently. If you have any questions, contact your advisor.
During Your Academic Career You Will be Required to Meet With Your Advisor at Certain Times
Two of those times are listed below:

1. Students moving to a faculty advisor are required to meet with their new advisor prior to registration.

2. Students signing up for an internship are required to meet with their advisor prior to registration.

Also, students on academic status are generally required to meet with their academic advisor. Please check IOL-Student Information from the Students menu to determine if you must meet with your advisor during the Advising Period.
In addition, students who need to discuss a General Permit Form, Permit to Take a Course Elsewhere, Independent Study Form, or a change of Major/Support Form, should also meet with their advisor to complete this information prior to registration.
Certain Advising Restrictions Will Prevent Students from Registering

Please be sure that you are checking your restrictions by reviewing your student information in IOL. Any of the following advising restrictions will need to be ended before you will be able to enter your registration:

  • #22-Academic Status Concerns-contact 382-6029, Academic Advising Office
  • #25-Meeting with Advisor required for registration-contact your Advisor

If you have a #25 restriction, please be sure to meet with your advisor (during the Advising Period) prior to your registration start date and time. Follow up after your meeting with your advisor by checking your student information in IOL to be sure the #25 restriction has been ended.
Online registration can be completed anywhere you have internet access or if you need assistance with registration entry, you may contact the Registrar's Office.