When should I schedule my appointment?
It is recommended that currently enrolled Rutgers students meet with an HPO advisor at least once a year to make sure they are on the right track for their future goals. Students are welcome to meet with advisors more often and/or utilize walk-in hours, as needed if they have questions regarding classes, program, grades, etc.
Your appointment will be online via Zoom, or in-person and can be with any of the HPO advisors.
You may also call 848-445-5667 weekdays 9am - noon, 1pm - 5pm EST or contact us through Live Chat, weekdays 1pm-5pm EST.
Advising is an opportunity to exchange information designed to help you reach your educational and career goals. Advising is a shared responsibility between an advisor and the student. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to make decisions about your life goals by creating a plan to reach those goals.
Advisors assist in this process by helping you understand your options, determine resources and, when necessary, identify alternatives. While you are urged to keep parents informed of plans and progress, the advising relationship is unique between the academic advisor and the student.
- Schedule your advising appointment early, arrive on time, and cancel 24 hours in advance if you cannot make it.
- Prepare for your appointment in advance by bringing a list of questions.
- Use Degree Navigator to review your major/minor requirements
- Take advantage of University resources by asking for guidance and advice about opportunities that will enhance your educational experiences.
- An HPO advisor may provide assistance in helping a student learn how to make practical academic plans and decisions, how to discover a range of options available to the student, based on the student’s interest in the health professions and how to think through the consequences of the student’s own choices.
- Assist in development of academic/career plans consistent with student’s stated goals, interests, and abilities.
- Provide accurate information about policies, procedures, and requirements.
- Create positive working relationships with students, other advisors, staff, and faculty.
- Assist student in understanding the rationale and potential of an arts and sciences education.
- When appropriate refer students to other University resources and services.
- You will know how and where to access accurate information about policies, procedures, and requirements.
- You will be encouraged to make decisions that support your goals, abilities, and aspirations.
Why should I schedule an advising appointment?
Our role is to assist you in developing and implementing your own academic plan designed to meet your educational, career, and personal goals in the health professions and to inform you on the process of pursuing a career in the health professions. The advising process is a shared responsibility between students and advisors. Our advisors and staff in the HPO can assist you directly or point you in the right direction.
Book an appointment to:
- Discuss academic requirements for applying to health professions programs.
- Discuss extracurricular and other activities relevant to pursuing a career in the health professions.
- Post-graduation planning.
When is a good time to schedule an advising appointment?
- You are encouraged to meet with an advisor at least once a semester to discuss interests and long-term plans. Appointments are made in advance. To make an appointment, please select the HPO RU-Scheduler link below. You may also call 848-445-5667 weekdays 9am - noon, 1pm - 5pm EST or through Live Chat, weekdays 1pm-5pm EST.
- Schedule an advising appointment early enough in advance to prepare for the following semester.
Before/during initial registration for the following semester, please schedule farther in advance since appointments fill up sooner during this time.
How should I prepare for my advising appointment?
For your appointment to be productive:
- Be on time. We recommend that you log in 5 minutes before your scheduled time. The advisor will join you when your appointment begins.
- Arrive with questions for discussion.
- Use Degree Navigator to review your own major/minor options and requirements.
- When asking for advice on course registration for the next semester, have a list of proposed courses including alternatives. We encourage you to use planning tools such as Degree Navigator, Schedule of Classes, Course Schedule Planner, and WebReg to review any pre-requisites or restrictions on courses you are interested in taking.
- Define a primary plan to achieve your goals but also have an acceptable alternative.
- Plan a reasonable and timely graduation date.
- Post-grad planning.
All students enrolled in Rutgers University are responsible for upholding the highest standards of student behavior, as specified under the University Code of Student Conduct, including but not limited to strict adherence to the terms of the University’s Academic Integrity Policy. Please make yourself familiar with the terms of the University Code of Student Conduct, including the University’s Academic Integrity Policy.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, commonly referred to as FERPA or the Buckley Amendment, is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student’s educational record. FERPA applies to all educational agencies or institutions that receive federal funding for any program administered by the Secretary of Education. FERPA also applies to private entities that contract to perform services for the University that it would otherwise undertake to perform on its own; in such cases, the private entity must observe the same FERPA protections applicable to the University. FERPA grants adult students (18 and older) the following rights:
- The right to inspect and review their educational records
- The right to seek the amendment of their educational records
- The right to consent to the disclosure of their educational records
- The right to obtain a copy of their school’s Student Records Policy
- The right to file a complaint with the FERPA Office in Washington, D.C.
- With only a few exceptions, student educational records are considered confidential and may not be released without the written consent of the student.
- Faculty or staff members have a responsibility to protect educational records in their possession.
- Faculty or staff members may only access information that is needed for legitimate completion of their responsibilities as a university employee.
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate prospective or incoming students in individual advising sessions until the semester they begin at Rutgers.
Select the HPO RU-Scheduler link below to schedule your advising appointment: