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Welcome to the Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising! We look forward to working with you as you start your Undergraduate journey. Academic Advising is available at our Chicago and Schaumburg campuses for new and continuing undergraduate students. We are here to help you be successful at Roosevelt. Follow us on Facebook.

At Roosevelt University, academic advising is an active partnership between student and advisor, with the goal to develop, clarify, and evaluate a student’s educational plans and align them with the student’s goals.

Services we offer:

  • Interpret the results of assessment tools (including RUA, SAT, and ACT) and determine course placement
  • Review degree options and curriculum requirements for most undergraduate programs
  • Assist undecided students in identifying career goals and academic major
  • Guide students experiencing academic difficulty or academic probation
  • Help students interpret University policies and procedures

Students in the Chicago College of Performing Arts, the College of Education, Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences, and the Hospitality Management programs should contact those areas directly for advising appointments. Graduate students will work with their academic department directly. Please refer to Graduate Student Resources for more information.

Students that started Fall 2014 or later can verify their assigned advisor through their Degree Works audit. If you are still unsure about your assigned advisor, contact us at

Meet the Advisors

Alicia Butler, Director of Undergraduate Academic Advising

Alicia completed her Bachelor of Art in Sociology at Western Illinois University and her Master of Education in Higher Education at Loyola University. Alicia has worked in higher education for over 10 years. She began her Roosevelt career in 2008 in academic advising.

She loves her hometown Chicago and is a devout Chicago Bulls fan. Alicia enjoys watching HGTV, reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband, their family and friends.

One of Alicia’s favorite quotes is, "Do not be afraid to ask for help. Nobody gets through college on their own." - Michelle Obama

Linda Davis - Assistant Director, Advising

Linda received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Master of Education in Adult and Higher Education from Northern Illinois University, and is currently pursuing her PhD, ABD in Organizational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago.

Linda has a passion for helping students and believes that every student has the potential to be successful and happy and she is committed to working with them to realize that potential. In her free time, Linda enjoys traveling, shopping, spending time with her family and friends and watching reality TV.

One of Linda’s favorite quotes is, “When they go low, we go high.” – Michelle Obama 

Danette Schulz – Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Career Development Center, Schaumburg Campus
SCH Room 125C

Danette is a career changer who joined Roosevelt University in 2007 as an Academic Advisor while completing her Master of Arts in School Counseling. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Marketing at Northern Illinois University and is a skilled professional with over 15 years of experience in management, sales, and special projects including 10 years of experience in education.

She enjoys working in a diverse Higher Ed environment supporting students with their academic and career goals. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping farmers markets, baking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Lois Backas, Academic Advisor

Lois is a Roosevelt Alum.  She obtained her Bachelor’s in History and her Master’s in Literature.  She has had many roles at the University including secretary, union steward, graduate assistant, and for 32 years, she was the Assistant Dean for the College of Arts & Sciences.  After retiring, she chose to come back to Roosevelt and serve as an academic advisor. 

She believes in the mission of social justice at Roosevelt, and is proud of the university’s history.  As Assistant Dean she gave out the diploma to her 75 year old father, and her 22 year old son – both of whom graduated from Roosevelt in recent history.

She enjoys traveling, reading, movies, and is trying to learn Spanish.  She also loves to play with her grandsons.

One of Lois’ favorite quotes is, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela

Erin O’Neill – Academic Advisor

Erin completed her undergraduate degree at Loyola University Chicago. She majored in Communication Studies and minored in Math and Polish, a language she is still working on mastering. She then worked for a year as a high school substitute teacher before beginning her graduate program. She earned a Master’s degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Marquette University in Milwaukee.

While at Marquette, she worked as an Assistant Hall Director and in the Business Career Center, assisting students with career readiness in the field of business. Getting to know students and helping them realize and achieve their goals is why Erin went into Student Affairs, and what she hopes to do at Roosevelt. In her free time she loves trying new recipes, painting, and cheering on her favorite sports teams – Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Cubs, and Manchester United!

A quote Erin likes is “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” – Rienhold Neibuhr

Kaelyn Schulz – Academic Advisor

Kaelyn graduated from University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s in English and is currently earning a Master’s in Training and Development at Roosevelt University. 

Kaelyn started her career as an Academic Advisor and has since spent 6+ years working in a variety of positions in Higher Education. She is committed to empowering students with the skills and guidance to accomplish their goals and proud to support Roosevelt’s mission of inclusivity and diversity. 

In her free time, she enjoys wandering the Art Institute, exploring the shelves of the Harold Washington Library and eating at as many Chicago restaurants as possible.

She believes “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” - W.B. Yeats

Courtney Williams – Academic Advisor

Courtney completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Public Relations. She completed her graduate degree in Education and Educational Leadership. She started her career in higher education as a Resident Assistant and has since worked in various roles within the educational field, but takes a special attentiveness in academic advising.

She has a passion for social justice and positive change. She is a natural born motivator and enjoys helping people reach and obtain their lifetime goals. She believes that every student deserves a chance, and she has dedicated her life to empower each person that crosses her path.

Courtney enjoys nature, spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling, or doing something random and spontaneous!

A quote Courtney likes is “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” - Harriet Tubman


How can I track my degree progress?

  • Degree Works will be used in advising appointments to track degree progress. Degree Works is only available for students that started Fall 2014 or later.
  • Students that started with Roosevelt University prior to Fall 2014 are able to receive a copy of their Curriculum Checksheet from their Academic Advisor.

How do I withdraw from a course?

The Registrar has information relating to the withdrawal process.

How do I change my major/minor?

Print out the Major Change form or pick up a copy at the Registrar's Office on the Mezzanine floor of the Wabash Building. You will need an advisor's signature to make this change.

What is the difference between Full-time and Part-time status?

Full-time students will maintain a workload of 12-18 credits (4-6 courses). Part-time students will maintain a workload of 1-11 credits (1-3 courses).

Can I take courses at my local community college over the summer?

Yes. However, students can only transfer a maximum of 66 credits from community college, and must complete the last 30 credits of their program with Roosevelt. For more information on transferability of courses, speak with your advisor or visit our Transfer page.

I want to register for a course that is closed. Can I waitlist for a course?

Yes. Here is information on adding yourself to the waitlist, as well as how to secure a seat once you are off of the waitlist.

What qualifies me as a Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior?

  • Freshman: 0-29 credits.
  • Sophomore: 30-59 credits.
  • Junior: 60-89 credits.
  • Senior: 90-120+ credits.

I do not know what major to choose. What are my options?

We encourage you to review the Career and Major Exploration resource page in consultation with your career counselor or academic advisor to determine your long-term goals and major options.As of March 1, 2016 Degree Works will be available to all Roosevelt graduate and undergraduate students admitted for Fall 2014 semester or later.

As a student, what is my role in the advising process?

  • Be prepared! Arrive early or on time for your advising appointment. Review your Degree Works  audit to understand possible course options. Review the course finder to start putting your schedule together. It is ok if your schedule is not perfect; we will discuss this during your session.
  • Be engaged! Come ready to discuss any questions or concerns. We are here to help you if you are ever encountering difficulties in your program or your classes. As a reminder, you can contact your assigned advisor through Degree Works.
  • Know your resources! Review University policy and procedure in the Student Handbook.
Academic Success Strategies

Time Management

Time management can be tricky! Consider the following to help build your skills:

  • Don't know where the time goes? Consider assessing how you are using your time. 
  • Buy an old-school planner! Keeping a planner with dates of upcoming assignments can help you put it all into perspective so that you can plan ahead for the busy parts of the semester.
  • Feeling overwhelmed? Consider your workload! We recommend that full-time students work no more than 20 hours per week outside of school. If you feel overwhelmed, visit us in Wabash 1M11 or SCH 125 to talk about your schedule and graduation timeline. It's not about when you finish, but how you finish! 

We love these tech tools for time management:

  • MyHomework (iPhone, Android, iPad, Windows, Web-based, Kindle) Great replacement for a traditional planner
  • Remember the Milk  (iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android, Web-based) The ultimate virtual to-do list
  • is a great website that compiles a number of time management tips to get you back on track

Study Tips and Tools

Here are some great tips and tools to make the most of your study time:

  1. Minimize distraction! Find a quiet space at home or in the library so that you can focus on the work at hand.
  2. Unplug! Download an app such as Cold Turkey or Quiet Hours to block email or social media notifications during study time. Mac users can use the Self-Control app to block distractions.
  3. Use white noise to help you focus or build a calming study playlist.
  4. Create flashcards or personalized quizzes to review course material. 
  5. Need additional academic support? Check out Wolfram Alpha for more information on common academic subjects
  6. Cramming or "all-nighters" are not the answer. Did you know that you might actually be more productive if you take occasional breaks? Learn more about the Pomodoro Technique and make sure you take breaks!

Need help getting organized before midterms or finals?

Self Care

While you're here to hit the books, we want to make sure that you take care of yourself both in and outside of the classroom. Please do not hesitate to contact an advisor, faculty member, counselor, or staff member if you feel like you are struggling at Roosevelt.

Here are a few resources to consider during those tough times:

Struggling with test anxiety? You are not alone!
  • Develop a plan for success with your instructor or advisor well ahead of midterms and finals. Preparation is key!
  • Check out this online workshop about conquering test anxiety
Is the stress of work/school obligations piling up?
Need a study break?