Keys to Academic Success

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Meet Your Advisor and Chairperson

Maintain contact with your advisor to:

  • Review your education program and career goals
  • Identify department chairpersons and other key academic officials
  • Discuss your adjustment to campus life and share any concerns or challenges
  • Review your academic progress
  • Discuss and identify any possible campus resource needs
  • Explore enrichment activities, internships, and research experiences
  • Discuss graduate or professional school opportunities

Know Your Dean

Arrange to meet your Dean, know the location of his/her office and key assistant or associate deans. If you encounter difficulties, the Dean’s office should be the first to which your questions can be directed.

When You Have a Problem

  • Do not hesitate to ask for help, act in a timely manner, no question is unimportant
  • Remember every student may need some kind of assistance during their college years
  • It is our responsibility to provide you with assistance
  • Inform a faculty member, advisor, administrator or staff person of your concerns and provide them with all relevant information

If You Have a Problem with Your Classes

  • Speak with your instructor as soon as you have a concern
  • Schedule an appointment to meet with your instructor during office hours
  • Inform your advisor of any difficulties so they may be able to assist in the resolution of your challenges
  • Inform your department chairperson who may also be of assistance as well
  • Utilize study groups and tutorial assistance as needed

Use Academic and Support Centers

Read All Howard University Publications Carefully

You are responsible for reading and adhering to all academic and institutional policies including, but not limited to, all of those presented in the Howard University Bulletin (Catalog), H-Book, Student Reference Manual and Directory of Classes, (print and online version). These resources contain information about the history of Howard University; the various educational programs of study; the official University calendar; academic requirements; faculty, advisors, and administrative officers; campus resources; course scheduling and registration; and all other University policies, regulations and procedures.

Plan and Manage Your Time Efficiently

Plan all of your activities, utilize the calendars in this book, a daytimer or other resource to help your keep track of important tasks, course assignments, examination dates, registration periods, and deadline dates as well as your campus activities.

Become Involved in Campus Life

One of the most exciting things about attending college is campus life. Take time to explore the diversity of learning and cultural opportunities that are available to you through campus actives: lectures, art exhibits, theatrical productions, musical performances, athletics events, and other cultural activities. We encourage participation in University events such as Opening Convocation and Charter Day Convocation as well as other special programs sponsored by the University. Contact the Office of Student Life as well as the student government offices in your college or school. Take advantage of the opportunities to meet and interact with individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Limit Your Outside Employment and Activities

Take time to adjust to campus life. Remember your primary responsibility is to your academic pursuits. Plan your activities accordingly. Do not allow excessive outside activities and employment to compromise your ability to excel academically.

Stay in Touch with Your Family

Keep your family informed about your progress; they want to know that you are doing well. Family support increases your chances for success as well as helps you to make the transition to campus life.