Academic Advisor (Faculty and Staff) Resources

Below you will find valuable resources for you as an advisor, including advising tools, academic policies, and our resource list.

Philosophy of Academic Advising

What is Academic Advising?

An educational process that, by intention and design, facilitates students’ understanding the meaning and purpose of higher education and fosters their intellectual and personal development toward academic success and lifelong learning (National Academic Advising Association, 2004).

Academic Advising in the Student Success Center supports students in their academic, personal and professional journey in order to assist their progress toward graduation. All first-year students will meet with their Student Success advisor twice each semester.

Normally after their first year, students who have declared a major will be assigned a faculty advisor within their major department. Faculty advisors serve to not only guide students to increase their knowledge and skills in respective academic disciplines, but also play a role in developing overall educational and career plans. Some majors will be advised out of the SSC.

Mission

SSC academic advisors support and teach students how to take ownership of their educational experience through academic, personal and professional advising in order to foster success at Bellarmine University.

Vision

To deliver transformative academic advising that is:

  • Student-centered
  • Committed to excellence
  • Rooted in inclusivity and integrity

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to articulate their role in the academic advising experience.
  • Understand how to approach each semester in a holistic way, including academic, personal and professional topics.
  • Understand specific degree requirements, including major, minor and general education courses, to progress toward graduation.

Outline of NACADA Competencies

Academic Advisor's Roles and Responsibilities

  • Help student develop suitable educational plans and select appropriate courses by reviewing the four-year layout in their major with goal of graduating in four years.
  • Help student reflect on your career interests (i.e. What can I do with this major?).
  • Talk with student about their interest in possible learning abroad opportunities.
  • Provide student with opportunities to critically reflect on academic choices and to develop decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Clarify and interpret institutional policies and procedures.
  • Provide student with opportunities to develop problem-solving skills.
  • Help student connect with campus (i.e. tutoring, writing center, academic & student organizations) and community resources.

Student Advisee’s Roles and Responsibilities

  • Be proactive and initiate contact with academic advisor.
  • Give thoughtful consideration to their academic, career, and learning abroad interests.
  • Prepare a list of questions and concerns to discuss before each meeting with the advisor.
  • Be an active participant in the advising process.
  • Know the academic calendar deadlines (i.e. registration, drop/add, withdrawal dates).
  • Understand the four-year layout of their major and schedule courses that are consistent with their educational goals and meet degree requirements.
  • Accept responsibility for making final decisions on academic choices.
Advising Tools

Important Academic Dates/Academic Advising Meeting Dates

Required Meeting dates are in bold

  • January 6 - Thursday, January 13: Add/Drop period
  • January 12 - February 21: Check-in meeting with SSC Academic Advisor, should take place as early as Wednesday, January 12 and no later than Friday, February 21. (Remember for Athletes, they must meet with an Athletics Academic Advisor)
  • January 17: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (University Closed)
  • February 25: Course schedule for Summer and Fall 2022 and your registration priority date and time will be available. Advising appointments for registration will begin Friday, February 25. (Remember for Athletes, you must meet with an Athletics Academic Advisor)
  • February 22: Midterm grades available
  • February 27 - March 6: Spring Break, no classes
  • March 4: University closed
  • March 16: Last day to withdraw from a classes
  • April 14 - 18: Easter Break, no classes (Classes on April 18 resume at 5 p.m.)
  • May 10: Grades available in One Bellarmine
Advising an Exploratory Student
Academic Policies

Degree Requirements

To graduate from Bellarmine University with a baccalaureate degree, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 120 semester hours and achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00.
  • Complete a minimum of 24 semester hours in upper-level courses. These 24 hours are exclusive of the General Education Requirements.
  • Complete the minimum course requirements for a major.
  • Complete at Bellarmine University a minimum of 30 semester hours, including at least 12 semester hours in the degree major.
  • Complete the General Education Requirements. In some cases, the minimum course requirements for a major include courses that also satisfy General Education Requirements.

Additional Resources

Current Catalog

The catalog contains important information about, and is the official source of, the university’s academic programs, courses, policies, and procedures. The catalog should be used as a guide in planning a course of study and in meeting requirements for graduation.

All statements in this catalog reflect policies in effect at the time of publication and are subject to change without notice or obligation. This includes statements of fees, course offerings, and program, admission, and graduation requirements applicable to both currently enrolled and new students. Generally, students are held to the requirements of the catalog year in which they began their Bellarmine degree program. Exceptions must be approved by the department chair and dean of the student's major (using the waiver and exceptions process) and documented with the Registrar's Office.

Bellarmine University students are responsible for knowing the policies and procedures of the university found in the catalog. Failure to read it does not excuse students from the requirements and provisions described herein. Therefore, students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with its contents early in their collegiate careers.

View current catalog

Resource List

ACADEMIC ADVISING
502.272.8061
studentsuccess@bellarmine.edu
B-Level of Brown Library

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
502.272.7060
internationalservices@bellarmine.edu
Horrigan Hall 205F

ADMISSIONS
502.272.7100
admissions@bellarmine.edu
Ground floor of Centro-McGowan Hall

KNIGHTS PANTRY
After hours - 502.272.7777
nbegin@bellarmine.edu
Centro-Treece Hall, CNTH-225I

BOOKSTORE
502.272.8111
bellarmine@bkstr.com
Ground floor of Centro-Horrigan Hall

LIBRARY
502.272.8141
askus@bellarmine.edu

BURSAR'S OFFICE
502.272.8264
bursar@bellarmine.edu
Horrigan Hall, 2nd floor

OFFICE OF PUBLIC SAFETY
502.272.7777
security@bellarmine.edu
Centro-Treece Hall, CNTH-054

CAREER DEVELOPMENT
502.272.8151
careerdev@bellarmine.edu
Ground floor of Centro-McGowan Hall

REGISTRAR'S OFFICE
502.272.8133
registrar@bellarmine.edu
Horrigan Hall 205 

CAMPUS MINISTRY
502.272.8051
campusministry@bellarmine.edu
Centro-Horrigan Hall CNHH-016

RESIDENCE LIFE
502.272.7272
reslife@bellarmine.edu

COUNSELING CENTER
502.272.8480
couselingcenter@bellarmine.edu
Nolen C. Allen Hall, Suite 403

DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE/TITLE IX
502.272.8150
smcgreevey@bellarmine.edu
Centro-Treece Hall, CNTH-225C, K, L 

ACCESSIBILITY RESOURCE CENTER
502.272.8490
rpurdy@bellarmine.edu

STUDENT ACTIVITIES CENTER
502.272.7114
bhamann@bellarmine.edu
Ground floor of Horrigan Hall 

FINANCIAL AID
502.272.7300
finaid@bellarmine.edu
Horrigan Hall 213 

STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER
502.272.7400
studentsuccess@bellarmine.edu
B-Level of Brown Library 

OFFICE OF HEALTH SERVICES
502.272.8313
healthservices@bellarmine.edu
Newman Hall, Room 121

TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT CENTER
502.272.8301
tsc@bellarmine.edu
A-Level of Brown Library 

OFFICE OF IDENTITY AND INCLUSION
502.272.8060
jfrazier2@bellarmine.edu

VETERAN SERVICES
502.272.7027
lgargotto@bellarmine.edu
Brown Library, BL209