At Alvernia University, we believe that advising is a fundamental part of the learning experience. It helps students to understand curriculum requirements and the variety of elements that make up a rich and successful college education.  First-year students are advised by their SEARCH Seminar instructor.  In addition to helping students build a relationship with their advisor, students will see their advisor each week in class. This formal connection between advising and classroom learning allows faculty to approach advising as a form of teaching and students to approach it as a form of learning.  Many of the topics covered in the seminar - success skills, the value of liberal arts learning, educational planning and Alvernia's mission - are at the heart of the advising relationship. They help students establish the strong foundation they will need to shape a complete education.



First-year advisors use the advising relationship to:

  • guide students in course selection and registration
  • help students learn methods to transform information into knowledge
  • encourage students to connect their academic and personal interests with co-curricular opportunities
  • promote individual responsibility and independence
  • prepare students for learning at the next level


Students are expected to assume the following responsibilities as advisees:

  • Accept personal responsibility for academic success
  • Make use of campus resources as recommended by advisors
  • Provide advisor with accurate and honest information during meetings
  • Become knowledgeable about University programs, policies, and procedures
  • Keep personal records of academic progress
  • Follow through on action plans created in collaboration with advisors


First Year Experience