Undergraduate advising

The Liberal Studies for Early and Elementary Education Program at Virginia Commonwealth University considers academic advising a cooperative effort between the adviser and the student. Professional advisers provide recommendations to their advisees in terms of academic planning and career goals, and expect their advisees to take a continuous, active role in this process. The student has the ultimate responsibility of his/her schedule and academic plans, including adherence to all deadlines set by the University as indicated on the academic calendar and meeting degree requirements as specified in the VCU Undergraduate Bulletin.

Advising model

Our goal is to make available all the information necessary for you to make the very best choices in your upcoming enrollment while facilitating a timely graduation which will save you money in the long run! We strongly recommend every student meet with an adviser prior to registration every semester to ensure accurate course selection and timely progress towards degree completion.

First-year students 

  • Advised by University Academic Advising (Strategic Enrollment Management)
  • Located on the first floor of Hibbs Hall
  • Contact (804) 827-8648 or schedule an appointment

Declared second-year students, juniors and seniors, and all transfer students

Professional advisers in the College of Humanities and Sciences assist with course selection to help students make timely and accurate progress towards degree completion. 

  • Advising on course selection, pre-professional testing, Extended Teacher Preparation Program and Master in Teaching Program requirements and applications
  • Advising location: Founders Hall (827 W. Franklin St.), room 102
  • Contact (804) 827-8211, hsadvisor@vcu.edu or schedule an appointment

Advising roles


  • Explain the university’s curriculum, requirements, policies and procedures when needed

  • Encourage and guide students to define and develop realistic educational goals

  • Review degree progress with students

  • Assist students with planning programs consistent with their abilities and interests

  • Listen carefully to questions, concerns and confusions

  • Apprise students of available resources and job/internship opportunities

  • Discuss the relationship between academic preparation and the work world

  • Communicate with and inform students about relevant information concerning the degree program


  • Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies, schedules/deadlines and procedures

  • Clarify personal values and goals

  • Participate proactively in the decision-making process

  • Review their degree audit prior to each appointment

  • Follow through on suggested actions, resources or referrals

  • Keep a personal record of academic progress

  • Accept responsibility for academic decisions and performance

  • Check student email regularly and be professional when communicating with faculty and staff through email