About Advising

Q: What can my advisor help me with?

A: Our primary goal is to empower students to make decisions and have experiences that lead them to be academically successful in both the HPEX program and at VCU. Your advisor can help you establish educational goals, explain Degree Works and other course planning tools, choose appropriate classes, answer questions about degree requirements and academic policies, and introduce additional campus resources to assist in your educational, professional, and personal experiences here at VCU. It’s important to see your advisor any time you are struggling in a course, prior to course registration, and the semester before you plan to graduate…but try to stop in at least once a semester to make sure you’re on track towards graduation.

Q: How do I find out who my advisor is?

A: The Department advises students with both Junior (53-83 earned credit hours) and Senior (85+ earned credit hours) status. From there, it is broken down alphabetically; last names beginning with A – K are advised by Emma Goodridge and last names beginning with L – Z are advised by Ryan Johnson. For more information please see the Advising page.

Q: How do I make an appointment with my advisor?

A:Advising appointments can be scheduled through myVCU portal. Log in with your eID and password and look for the link “Advising Appointments”.

After you make an appointment, you will receive an email the day before your scheduled appointment to remind you of the date, time and location. You can also use the system to cancel appointments.

Ms. Emma Goodridge: (A-K)    OR    Mr. Kenneth “Ryan” Johnson: (L-Z)

Q: Do I need to meet with my advisor every semester?

A: While it is not required for you to meet with your advisor, we strongly encourage that you make an appointment at least once a semester to ensure that you are on track towards graduation; a 30 minute meeting once a semester could save you time and money in the long run.

Q: I meet with my Honor’s College and/or Pre-Health advisor already; do I still need to meet with my HPEX Advisor?

A: Yes, you should plan to meet with your HPEX advisor in addition to any other advisor you have, so we can make sure you understand the curriculum requirements for earning your Bachelor of Science degree.

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