Syracuse University Statement on Academic Advising

Academic advising is an essential component of a Syracuse University education. The University is committed to providing the individual advice and assistance that you need at every step throughout your degree program. A successful system of academic advising is highly dependent upon a shared commitment of students, faculty, and staff to the process and availability of timely, accurate information.


Students are responsible for scheduling, preparing for, and keeping advising appointments; for seeking out contacts and information; and for knowing the basic requirements of their individual programs. Students bear the final responsibility for making their own decisions based on the best information and advice available and, ultimately, on their own judgment.


Advisors are responsible for developing a thorough knowledge of the degree requirements within the student’s program of study and a working knowledge of academic options and resources throughout the University. Advisors are expected to involve students by encouraging them to ask questions, gather information, and explore options so that they may develop meaningful academic plans.

Orange SUccess

Orange SUccess is a web-based advising tool that provides comprehensive support for students at all the schools and colleges of Syracuse University. This system will connect you to faculty and staff to help you have a successful academic career at Syracuse University.

To get started, set up your student profile. Orange SUccess can be accessed through MySlice and Blackboard. Find and click the link “Ask for Help in Orange SUccess.” Navigation: MySlice > Student Home >  Advising > Orange Success or the “tools” panel of Blackboard. For more information, visit OrangeSuccess.

Undergraduate Students

  1. Schools and colleges require advising for some or all undergraduates before they are allowed to register. Advising policies vary among colleges, and for dually enrolled students the home college’s rules apply. Each college’s policy is managed by a college specific “advising hold.” You may access the information by logging into MySlice > Student Home > Holds or MySlice > Student Home > Enrollment > Holds. Home college advising policies are accessible on the Registrar’s homepage. The advising hold will block a student’s ability to successfully register for classes until it is removed.
  2. It is essential that students make appointments to see their advisors before registration begins. It can take one or more business days after the appointment before the advising hold will be removed. Registration cannot occur until the hold is removed.
  3. Prior to the advising conference, students should sketch out a set of first choice and alternate courses on the Course Worksheet. A complete selection of alternate courses/sections should be entered on the worksheet in case any first choices are unavailable at the time of registration.
  4. Depending on the home college’s protocol for removing advising holds, students and advisors may be required to complete and sign the Advising Form as a record of the agreed-upon courses. Students may then be asked to take the signed Dean’s Office copy to their dean’s/departmental office to have the hold removed. Or the advisor may communicate directly with that office to authorize removal of the hold.
  5. For classes that have restrictions or require special permission, students must contact the department of class origin to obtain permission to register.

Graduate Students

Students should plan their schedules in consultation with an academic advisor as necessary or as recommended by the student’s department. All holds must be removed before registration.

College of Professional Studies

Part-time students in the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) or those who hold one-term trial,  College of Professional Studies special student, or probation status will be placed on advising hold. Students will receive a letter from the College of Professional Studies Student Administrative Services office two weeks before registration begins. Such students must meet with an academic advisor before registering. The letter will include directions for scheduling an advising appointment, or students can call 315.443.9378. Registration cannot occur until the hold is removed.  Visit Academic Advising.