OPTIONS TO SCHEDULE WITH AN ADVISOR – Fall 2021

  1. Drop-In Hours: Drop-In hours  are available on the Advising Teams channel if you have a question that will take less than 10 minutes this is the most immediate way to meet with an advisor.  (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-11am and 1pm-3pm)
  2. Scheduled Appointments: For questions that take longer than 10 minutes. Schedule a time with your advisor using this scheduling link or contact the CS Front Desk at (970) 491-5792.

Students and advisors work collaboratively, as partners, throughout the process of accomplishing students’ personal, academic, and career goals.

Computer Science Advising is located on the second floor of the Computer Science Building.

WHO TO CONTACT

Prospective and high school students: please contact Elisa Cundiff (see below) for more information.

Undergraduate students: we recommend undergraduate students meet with their assigned academic advisor each semester.

2nd Bachelors students seeking a masters: Students who have completed a non-CS degree may be unsure whether to pursue a 2nd bachelors or to complete prerequisite courses for a CS masters.  Please reach out to Bess Hewitt (below) for guidance on these questions.

Change of major students:  Please read our change of major information sheet. If you have additional questions or are ready to declare the CS major schedule an appointment by stopping by the CS front desk on the second floor of the CS building, calling the CS front desk at (970) 491-5792, or emailing our reception compsci_receptionist@Mail.colostate.edu

Adding a CS minor students: Please read our adding a CS minor information sheet. If you have additional questions or are ready to declare the CS minor, Bioinformatics minor, or Machine Learning minor schedule an appointment by stopping by the CS front desk on the second floor of the CS building, calling the CS front desk at (970) 491-5792, or emailing our reception compsci_receptionist@Mail.colostate.edu

Data Science students: please contact Ben Prytherch at prytherc@stat.colostate.edu

Prospective graduate students: please email compsci_gradinfo@Mail.colostate.edu

Current graduate students: please email compsci_gradadmin@Mail.colostate.edu

ADVISING STAFF

Elisa Cundiff
Academic Success
Coordinator

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Kelsey Dockendorff
Academic Success
Coordinator

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Bess Hewitt
Academic Success
Coordinator

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Options For whom? Instructions
Option 1: (Preferred)  Schedule in Navigate For students with a CSUID who are current CS Majors or Minors who would like to schedule directly. Schedule an appointment in Navigate. You can choose either an in-person appointment or a virtual appointment through Zoom.
Option 2: Contact the CS front desk For any student who is not currently a CS Major or Minor OR students without a CSU ID (Transfer students, etc.) Stop by the CS front desk on the second floor of the CS building, call the CS front desk at (970) 491-5792, or email our reception compsci_receptionist@Mail.colostate.edu to schedule an appointment

REGISTERING FOR CLASSES

It is highly recommended that all computer science majors meet with an academic advisor to update degree plans and to make sure graduation requirements are being met. Students may register for classes by accessing RamWeb. Students also can use RamWeb to check for their registration date, holds, etc.

VIEW YOUR COURSE MATERIAL IN CANVAS

Login to Canvas to view most of your courses and course materials.

BENEFITS OF ACADEMIC ADVISING

  • Assistance with interpreting the Computer Science degree program requirements
  • Assistance selecting and registering for courses
  • Referrals to other resources on and off-campus
  • Assistance interpreting forms and policies

TIPS TO IMPROVE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

Students who are having difficulty in their classes often complain that they are trying as hard as they can, and are frustrated by their inability to do better. Much of this frustration can be alleviated by changing your study habits and taking simple measures to organize your time and use it wisely. Here are a few suggestions that can have a profound effect on your grades:

  • Go to class. We know this sounds obvious, but resist the urge to skip class. Research shows the biggest factor in determining your academic success is class attendance.
  • Use faculty and GTA office hours. This is one of the best investments you can make – it’s basically free, one-on-one tutoring with the teacher. When you don’t understand something, make a note of what you don’t understand, and ask for explanation during office hours. Faculty/GTA office hours are notoriously underused.
  • Get help early. If you are having difficulty with coursework, don’t wait until the end of the semester to get help.
  • Set aside blocks of time each week to study. Treat this time as sacred, or as a job that must be done at the same time each week, no matter what.
  • Do the reading assignments in the assigned text book. Students tend to view text book assignments as optional, or as mere reference works. This is not the case. Text books are the framework of the course, which lectures highlight and supplement. In order to do well in any college level class, doing the reading assignments is essential to success.
  • Use your study time to do the reading assignments in advance of the class in which the material is to be discussed, and working problems at the end of the chapters (if appropriate). Make notes when you read, and mark things that are not clear to ask about in class.

For more information and help, we recommend you visit:

The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) offers a variety of academic help to students, including tutoring, study groups, workshops, and more!

CSU Collaborative for Student Achievement provides guidance for primarily first and second year students.

The Calculus Center offers extended tutoring and small group mentoring. Join in early, and make this a part of your routine to help structure yourself for success in your more challenging math courses.