The Boston University Undergraduate Academic Advising Mission Statement states that academic advising is integral to the teaching mission of the University and engages students in a collaborative process to explore academic and co-curricular opportunities as part of a plan to realize academic, career and life goals.
The UDC is a primary source of academic advising and support to Questrom undergraduates. Students can meet with any of our seven professional academic advisors on a broad range of academic issues including:
- course planning
- degree requirements
- concentration choices
- concerns about academic performance
- study abroad options
- adjustment and personal issues
- and any other issues students have
Advisors also visit the SM131 courses to meet with students and answer questions throughout the year.
Throughout the academic year, advisors are available to assist students on a drop-in basis, Monday – Friday from 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm (1pm – 3pm only on Wednesdays).
During the summer, advisors are available for drop-ins Monday – Friday from 10 – 11am and 2 – 3pm (2 – 3pm ONLY on Wednesdays and 10 – 11am ONLY on Fridays).
Drop-in advising is appropriate for quick questions and other issues requiring 15 minutes or less. For more in-depth discussions (including long term planning), please schedule an appointment via Handshake, by calling 617-353-2650 or visiting the UDC, 595 Commonwealth Avenue (Suite 104). Appointments are typically 30 minutes long.
Who is my academic advisor?
Your academic advisor can be ANY academic advisor in the UDC. To get things started we assign you an advisor by alpha split, and Honors Program students are assigned to Liz Katz.
It is important to know that all of our advisors are generalists and can advise on all academic options. However, students usually want content-based advice, so we recommend that you meet with advisors based on your academic choices and areas of advisor specialty. For example:
- Yanille Baez is the primary advisor for the Academic Success Program
- Lindsey Itzkowitz is the primary advisor for study abroad
- Robyn Johnson is the primary advisor for freshmen whose primary school is Questrom
- Liz Katz is the primary advisor for the Honors Program
- Sarah Mesnik is the primary advisor for Dual Degree Program students
- Cameron Smith is the primary advisor for external transfers, and transfer of credit
- Sally E. Ward is the primary advisor for intra-university and CGS transfers, student-athletes, and scholarships
- Meg Kenney is the primary advisor for student organizations
To see who your assigned advisor is now, check the student link, and click on “Academic Advising.” Again, this assignment system is purely for convenience, ease, and clarification. If you prefer to meet or continue with a particular academic advisor outside the initial alpha-split assignment, the choice is yours!
The faculty advisor program enables students to connect with a number of instructors during their time at Questrom. It provides an opportunity for students to:
- Establish your first “professional” relationships
- Get advice regarding your Questrom concentration selection
- Identify your research interests, and possible research team work
- Get help with your questions about course content
- Learn more about the functional areas of management
- Establish possible mentoring relationships
- Identify possible informational interview contacts
- Identify and secure references for internships, jobs, or graduate school
Faculty advisors are NOT expected to provide overall academic advising, course selection outside the concentration, personal counseling, or in-depth career counseling.
Faculty advisors can be any member of the Questrom faculty, and we recommend that you build a rapport with three or more faculty members. In order to help you meet instructors, we recommend the following designated faculty members and guidelines:
- Freshmen and new External Transfer students: your SM131 discussion professor
- Sophomores: your SM131 discussion professor from last year OR if discussion professor is not available, any professor from the teaching team your previous year OR any of the professors encountered in your second semester freshman or sophomore year courses (FE101, SM151, SM 221, LA 245, OB 221, AC 221, AC 222, SM 222, IS223).
- Juniors: first semester – any previous Questrom faculty advisor or any professor on your Cross Functional Core teaching team; second semester – your concentration advisor or any combination of the previous semesters’ faculty advisors.
- Seniors: Any faculty advisor or concentration advisor from your previous years.
We have three designated undergraduate advisors whose approach is student centered, career focused, and market driven. Career Advisors partner with you so that you are self-aware and market-ready as you take on your career path, offering a variety of services to support you in your internship and job searches.
Some of the services offered include:
- Job strategy development, interview preparation and salary negotiation advice
- Resume critique
- Mock interviews
- Briefings on company culture, recruiting history, and interview tips
- Industry-themed career exploration events
- Job and internship postings, information sessions and interview schedules
- Calendar of monthly on-campus career-related activities
- Career management courses specifically tailored to undergraduate students
- Customized events developed in partnership with student clubs and groups
Career Drop-in Advising
Throughout the academic year, advisors are available to assist students on a drop-in basis, Monday – Friday from 10am – 4pm.
Services provided during career drop-ins:
- Resume Critiques
- Cover letter Review
- LinkedIn Profile Review
- Interview Prep
- Career Fair Prep
- Basic ‘Handshake’ System Questions
For all other inquires, please make an appointment with an advisor via Handshake.
Peer Mentoring / Counseling
We are very lucky to support multiple student-initiated mentoring, tutoring, and advising services. We highly recommend that you take advantage of these services to get the most out of your experience at Questrom and BU.
- Career Skill Coaches – Get the student perspective on career exploration Career Skills Coaches! They are here to help you with resume critiques, cover letter writing and editing and interview prep tips! All of our CSCs have successfully completed an internship and have first-hand experience in the application and interview process. They work with The UDC Career Team to provide assistance during Drop-In Hours. Stop by The UDC any time Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm and get your questions answered by our knowledgeable team!
- LOCK Honorary Service Society Tutoring – Did you know that LOCK offers free tutoring for all freshman, sophomore, and cross functional core (FE323, MK323, OM323, QM323, and SM333) courses in Questrom? Tutoring takes place Monday and Wednesday nights during the semester from 6:30-8:30 pm in HAR 240. This is drop-by program (arrive before 7:30 pm please) where tutors can really help you succeed.
- Questrom Peer Advisors – Get the student perspective upperclassman business students who work closely with the advising staff of the Undergraduate Academic & Career Development Center (UDC). Selected through a rigorous application and interview process, these student leaders support fellow undergraduate business students during their transition to the School. They provide peer mentorship on both academic and career matters. Stop by The UDC any time Monday-Friday from 10am-2pm and get your questions answered by our knowledgeable team!
- Teaching Assistants – Some of your advisors are sitting right in class with you – the Teaching Assistants. They are well-informed and can provide you with great insight that will contribute to your academic success.
Undergraduate Academic & Career Development Center
Rafik B. Hariri Building
595 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 104
Boston, MA 02215