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School of Engineering and Computer Science

Engineering Center, Room 301
115 Library Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4479
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Dean's Office: (248) 370-2217
Academic Advising: (248) 370-2201
secsadvising@oakland.edu

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Engineering Center, Room 301
115 Library Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4479
(location map)
Dean's Office: (248) 370-2217
Academic Advising: (248) 370-2201
secsadvising@oakland.edu

Academic Advising

FALL 2022 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Welcome back! We are seeing current students for fall semester issues only through September 15th.
  • Please visit ou-advisor.oakland.edu to schedule an appointment; virtual and in-person appointments are available. 
  • New transfer and prospective students - please call 248-370-2201 to schedule your appointment. Prospective students will be able to meet with an adviser after September 15th.
  • Advisers are here to assist you, so be prepared for your appointment – review your Progress to Degree (in MySail), academic catalog, and posted class schedule.
  • Course overrides (due to registration errors or off-campus enrollment), major standing, and preliminary graduation reviews can be requested online. Please see the link and additional information in the Forms and Info tab below.

Who is my Academic Adviser?

Find your adviser: in MySail, under My Details, click on the blue Adviser link.


How can I contact my Academic Adviser? Connect with us during an appointment, chat, or email:

  1. Schedule an in-person or virtual appointment: https://ou-advisor.oakland.edu/
  2. Connect with us through SECS Chat! Our academic advisers will be available to answer your questions on the Google Chat from 11 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. You might be wondering when classes begin for the next semester, or the last day to withdraw from a class, or how to find a tutor. Any question is a good question.

    To chat with an adviser during these times via Google chat:
    • Sign-in to your OU email
    • Along the left side, click the chat icon
    • At the top, click the New Chat icon
    • In the search box of the pop-up window, type 'secsadvising@oakland.edu' and click on the name below.
    • A text box will pop up at the right of your screen - ask us anything!

    This service is best utilized when students are able to stay active in the chat until there is a resolution to their question.

  3. Email your Academic Adviser
    1. Carmen Etienne - etienne@oakland.edu
    2. Alexa Cotter, alexacotter@oakland.edu
    3. Kurtis Kirkpatrick - kirkpatrick@oakland.edu
    4. Sarah Konrad - shelden@oakland.edu
    5. Jenny Lee - jjlee@oakland.edu
    6. Eman Shammo - eshammo@oakland.edu

Meet the Advisers

CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE YOUR ADVISER!

Has your academic adviser had an impact on you? Have they played a role in cultivating your success and wellbeing? Please consider nominating them for an Academic Advising Excellence Award, given annually to an academic adviser who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to students. Nominations may be submitted through the short online form through December 1, 2022. This is a wonderful way to thank them and help promote a culture of advising excellence at OU!

Appointments
Our Hours
We are open from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and close for lunch from 12:00 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Drop In Times
The SECS Undergraduate Advising Office will be bringing back drop-in advising starting the week of September 19. Drop-ins are brief interactions for quick general questions. They are not a substitute for required advising, intended to cover full-year/semester course scheduling, or in-depth discussion of degree requirements. Students, who have questions that are beyond the scope of a drop-in, will be scheduled an advising appointment with their assigned adviser.

Drop-in times are Monday - Friday, 11:00 - 12:00 and 2:30 -3:30 in person. Stop by the table outside EC 255.

Can't meet in person during these times, but still have a quick question? Join us on Google Chat at the same time. Check how to connect on Google Chat under "How can I contact my Academic Adviser" above.

Location
Engineering Center, Room 255

Appointments
Advising appointments are currently being offered via phone and video chat and can be scheduled online at  ou-advisor.oakland.edu/ In-person appointments are also available by request.
student preparation
Take the initiative
Our advisers are here to help you throughout your educational journey with the School of Engineering and Computer Science, but the first step can only be taken by YOU! Take the initiative and begin today by setting up an appointment with an adviser at ou-advisor.oakland.edu.

You should also keep the following in mind:
  • Be aware of important deadlines.
  • Understand requirements for your major and degree.
  • Learn to make decisions. Advisers can present options, but you must make the decisions.
  • Ask questions if anything is unclear.
Come prepared
Schedule your advising appointment early before registration begins.
  • Prepare a list of questions or concerns before your appointment.
  • Bring your plan of study; bring copies of other relevant materials.
  • Write down your current schedule and a tentative plan for the next semester.
  • If you are a transfer student, bring a copy of your transfer credit evaluation or transcripts.
Stay on track
  • Keep copies of your relevant academic records.
  • Follow through on referrals and recommendations made during the advising session.
  • Consult with your academic adviser before making drastic changes to an agreed-upon schedule.
  • Be aware of important deadlines, policies, and procedures. Read the academic catalog, especially the part about academic policies and procedures.
  • Make final decisions and take responsibility for your academic success.
Know your stuff
Read the academic catalog, especially the part about academic policies and procedures.
how advisers help

The academic advisers at the School of Engineering and Computer Science provide students and potential students with important educational, procedural and informational support. Our advisers are knowledgeable about the university’s policies and procedures, the requirements for successful enrollment within the school, and the best ways to achieve your educational goals at OU.

Our academic advisers can: 

  • help you prepare for and plan your academic career
  • provide you with educational and career counseling
  • empower you with relevant and vital information regarding your degree program, opportunities to become more involved at OU and different student support services
  • help you reach your full potential as you pursue your educational and career goals

Meet the advisers. The team at the School of Engineering and Computer Science Advising Office is here to help you. Please visit https://ou-advisor.oakland.edu/ to schedule an advising appointment.

forms and info

Download, electronically complete, print, sign and submit the Undergraduate Student Forms to the Academic Advising Office (255 Engineering Center).

Course Override Requests
  • This override request form is intended for students who receive inaccurate registration error messages or are enrolled in the prerequisite(s) at another institution.
  • For all other override requests:
    • Closed Class: Contact the course instructor.
    • Missing Prerequisite(s): Fill out the Prerequisite Waiver Request Form found under the Forms and Info tab and have it signed by the course instructor and the corresponding department chair.
    • Guest Students: Contact the course instructor.