Trinity Western University

FAQ'S

GENERAL QUESTIONS

1.     WHY DO I NEED AN ACADEMIC ADVISOR? 

  • Academic Advisors are available as mentors and are here to guide your academic process at TWU.
  • Academic Advisors are also available to help you prepare for graduate school, discuss career options, and lead you to different resources both on and off campus. Your Academic Advisor can also be an excellent reference for you as you apply for scholarships, leadership positions, jobs, and graduate school.
  • Academic Advisors also guide your course selection process at TWU and ensure that you are taking the appropriate courses to graduate in your specific field. Most of the Academic Advisors are also professors in your degree and thus, can help to answer questions about your courses.
  • Academic Advisors also approve your courses during course registration each semester. You must see your Academic Advisor during Advising Week to get your courses approved and to ensure your enrollment in those courses. Once your courses have been approved, your semester invoice may be viewed on the Student Portal.

2.      WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME FROM MY ACADEMIC ADVISOR?

  • Initiate contact with your Academic Advisor and seek help when needed.
  • Take ownership of your education. Although your Academic Advisor is there to help you, you and you alone are responsible for ensuring that your program checklist is on track and that you are able to graduate when you intend to.
  • Become familiar with TWU’s academic policies, procedures, and requirements.
  • Know the graduation requirements for your chosen field of study and maintain accurate and current records of progress toward those requirements.
  • Be open to participating in student-led groups within your major (e.g. UPSI for Psychology students, Business Mentorship Program, Future Teachers Society for Education students etc.).

3.      HOW DO I KNOW WHO MY ACADEMIC ADVISOR IS?

  • If you are a first year or transfer student, you should receive an email and/or letter informing you who your Academic Advisor is once you have registered for your courses. You should also receive a letter during Orientation Week with your Academic Advisor’s contact information and will have the opportunity to meet with your Academic Advisor during Orientation Week.
  • All students can find out who their Academic Advisor is by going on this direct link: https://www1.twu.ca/registration/changemajor

4.      HOW OFTEN DO I MEET WITH MY ACADEMIC ADVISOR?

  • You are expected to meet with your Academic Advisor at least once a semester during the Advising Week period. Advising Week typically occurs in November and March each semester.  
  • Please ensure that you check the academic calendar regularly so that you will be prepared to meet with your Academic Advisor before course registration occurs. You can find the academic calendar dates on this link: http://twu.ca/services/enrolment/important-dates.html
  • It is also highly recommended that you meet with your Academic Advisor at the start of each semester. In addition, most Academic Advisors will be willing to meet with you throughout the semester as needed.

5.      WHY DO I NEED TO SEE MY ACADEMIC ADVISOR DURING ADVISING WEEK?

  • You must see your Academic Advisor during Advising Week to get your courses approved and to ensure your enrollment in your courses. Once your courses have been approved, your semester invoice may be viewed on the Student Portal.

6.      HOW DO I COME PREPARED FOR AN ACADEMIC ADVISING APPOINTMENT?

  • Create a four-year education plan that includes core requirements, major requirements, and/or concentration/minor requirements when appropriate. Go over this plan with your Academic Advisor to ensure that your plan is realistic and coincides with the courses being offered during the semesters that you wish to take them.
  • Make a list of all the course requirements you have completed, the courses you are currently enrolled in, and the courses you need to complete in order to earn your degree.
  • Bring any questions that you have regarding career choices or careers in your field of study.
  • Bring your course checklist with you to every Academic Advising meeting, so that you and your Academic Advisor can ensure that you are on track for graduation.
  • Keep a folder that holds all advising-related material so that you can bring this to each Academic Advising session.

7.      CAN I CHANGE MY ACADEMIC ADVISOR? IF SO, HOW?

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