Academic Advising

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Our team of Academic Advisors are here to assist you with the course planning process.

Academic Advising is a collaborative relationship between a student and an advisor. As a team, the advisor works with you to create a strategic educational plan.

 What is an advisor’s role?

As advisors, we listen to your questions in a safe, respectful and confidential space. We share our expertise along with accurate, up-to-date information to empower you to make informed decisions about your academic and career goals. Some of the things we help you interpret or navigate include:

  • Develop, modify and maintain an academic plan in a way that balances your academic, personal and professional demands
  • Course pre-requisites
  • Course selection
  • Program requirements
  • Academic policies and regulations
  • TRU’s extensive network of academic support services
 What is your role?
  • Come to your appointment prepared with questions and relevant materials.
  • Be an active learner by participating fully in advising appointments – ask questions if you don’t understand something.
  • Keep your appointment if you’ve requested one. Cancel in advance if you can’t make it.
  • Make note of important dates in the academic year (i.e. add/drop deadlines)
  • Check your TRU student email regularly – that’s how we, and other TRU staff, communicate with you.
 What is the difference between Academic Advising and Counselling Services?

Academic Advisor
Academic advisors assist with course selection and pathway planning.

Personal and Academic Counsellor
TRU Counselling Services work alongside students to develop strategies for improved academic performance; they also offer support with personal assessment tools and workshops. Short-term individual counselling is also available and focuses on creating action plans and support networks that combat stress, anxiety, depression and other personal issues.

Career Counsellor
Before engaging in the workforce, it is important for students to have the skills, documents and confidence to succeed. Career and Experiential Learning provides resources to help students build résumés, cover letters and portfolios, as well as free one-on-one career counselling to help students decide what to do with their careers and how to reach their goals.

 Our mission
Our mission

Thompson Rivers University academic advising is a collaborative teaching and learning process dedicated to student success. Academic advising engages students in developing a self-directed plan to navigate their educational and life pathways. The advising team strives to provide accurate and consistent advice in a caring and respectful environment.

Our commitments
  • Develop our knowledge and expertise through professional development and training
  • Increase efficiency using new technologies
  • Offer service that accommodates the needs of our diverse university population
  • Be proactive in our efforts to collaborate with the university community
  • Create a culture of student engagement
  • Foster a spirit of learning in a caring and compassionate environment

We want to make sure Academic Advising is right for you.

We can help students who are:

  •   domestic or international
  •   taking campus courses (for Open Learning - online, see below)
  •   enrolled in any of the following programs with 53 credits or less:
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
  • Bachelor of Computing Science (BCS)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • Associate of Arts or Associate of Science
  • Preparing for admission into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN)
  • Preparing for admission into the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
  • Preparing for admission into the Bachelor of Education, Elementary or STEM
  • Computing Science Diploma
  • Visual Arts Diploma
  • University Preparation (UPrep) including Adult Basic Education (ABE) or upgrading
  • English as a Second or Additional Language (ESAL) courses, level 4 & 5
  • preparing for a professional occupation, career/vocational or a foundation entry trade program

If you do not see your program listed here or have 54+ credits, connect with one of the teams below.

Connect with Academic Advising

 If you are taking Open Learning (online) courses, see Open Learning Advising.

 If you have 54 or more credits or your program is not listed above, see Advising Teams.

 If you have have not yet applied, see Future Students (domestic) or TRU World (international).

 If you have not received an acceptance letter in to your program, see Admissions.

 If you need course schedule or course registration information, see Course Registration.

So, you've read about your program in the Academic Calendar or on a school/faculty website but still can't decide what courses to take? Academic Advising's course planning forms provide you with the detail you are wanting.

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