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What does the academic term Advisor mean in higher education?


Advisor definition

Short Definition

Advisor is a faculty or staff member assigned to provide academic guidance and support to students in a specific major or program.

In-depth Overview


Long definition: An advisor is a knowledgeable and experienced professional or faculty member responsible for assisting students in achieving their academic and career goals. Advisors offer personalized guidance, help students select appropriate courses, monitor their academic progress and provide information about degree requirements, majors and minors. They also offer advice on extracurricular activities, internships and post-graduation plans.

Etymology: The term "advisor" is derived from the Middle English word "avysere", which means "to give advice" or "to counsel". It emphasizes the role of these professionals in providing valuable advice and guidance to students.

Synonyms or related academic terms:
  • Academic counselor
  • Student advisor
  • Educational mentor
Examples of Use:
  1. Her advisor helped her choose a major that aligned with her career goals.
  2. The academic advisor provided valuable insight into course selection for the upcoming semester.
  • Spanish: Asesor
  • French: Conseiller
  • German: Berater
  • Italian: Consulente
  • Portuguese: Orientador
  • Japanese: アドバイザー (Adobaizā)
  • Chinese (Simplified): 导师 (Dǎoshī)
  • Hindi: सलाहकार (Salāhkār)

Visitors interested in connecting with an advisor or learning more about the advisory services offered by universities can use the uniRank World Universities Search Engine to find institutions with dedicated advising resources.

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Miscellaneous higher education terms > University roles and job titles

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