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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 can be tricky! Consider the following to help build your skills:
- 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
Study Tips and Tools
Here are some great tips and tools to make the most of your study time:
- Minimize distraction! Find a quiet space at home or in the library so that you can focus on the work at hand.
- 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.
- Use white noise to help you focus or build a calming study playlist.
- Create flashcards or personalized quizzes to review course material.
- Need additional academic support? Check out Wolfram Alpha for more information on common academic subjects
- 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?
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?