Frequently Asked Questions


Who is my advisor?

​Advisors are assigned to specific programs. You can consult the networks page in Starfish to learn who your advisor is.

How do I see my advisor?

The CCEA is located at the Worcester Campus in Bullock Hall, on the corners of William and Sever Streets and on the Leicester Campus in the Fuller Campus Center, Room 133. You can schedule an appointment with your academic advisor by logging on to Starfish or by sending an email to your advisor and requesting an appointment.

What is career and academic advising?

The role of career and academic advisement is to define and shape academic plans to meet your educational goals. Advisors will assist students in goal setting, devising academic plans and selection of classes. Advisors also provide direction in various career choices, assisting in writing resumes and cover letters, helping to find internships and full-time careers, and conducting mock interviews.

What are some things I can do to prepare to meet with my advisor?

The most important aspect is to come with questions about your academic and career goals or any area relating to enhancing your college experience.

Do I have to see my advisor to register for classes?

Yes, in order to remove the hold on your account you are required to meet with your advisor one on one or in one of our group advising sessions. It’s important to meet with your advisor about the classes you’re planning to take to ensure you’re on track towards meeting graduation requirements. Your advisor is there to help you understand Becker’s policies and direct you to resources that may help you.

When do I need to contact my academic advisor?

Students are encouraged to make arrangements to meet with their advisor during the first few weeks of classes. The purpose of this ‘informal’ meeting is to simply touch base with advisees at the start of the semester.

What are peak advising policies?

The peak advising period occurs four weeks before the first day of the undergraduate registration period and extends through the last day of registration each semester. During this time, advisors’ schedules are extremely full, so we have special policies and procedures in place.

  • You must see your assigned advisor one-on-one or attend a group pre-registration advising session in order to get your advising hold removed.
  • Schedule an appointment early during the advising period via Starfish, to ensure that you get an appointment.
  • Appointments may not be scheduled via email.
  • If you wait too long, and your advisor’s calendar is full, you must wait to see your assigned advisor, even if that means you will register late.
  • If you have already seen your advisor to talk about registration, please wait until after the registration period ends to make another appointment unless your concern is urgent.

No Show Policy

If you do not show up, or are more than 10 minutes late to your appointment, you will be considered a no-show. During peak advising, if you no-show for two appointments, your advisor will see you to remove your advising hold when his/her schedule permits. If there is no availability in your advisor’s schedule, you will not be able to register for classes until registration the period begins.

Connecting with your Advisor

During peak advising, advisors’ email inboxes are flooded. Please be patient, as it will take your advisor longer than normal to respond to your email during this time. If you have an urgent concern, please call the front desk at 774.354.0448.

I am interested in Study Away. What do I do?

Students interested in Study Away, are encouraged to visit our Study Away site (opens in a new page) or can meet with the Study Away coordinator, Dan Chapman.