Advisor Resources

The Busch School Advising Handbook details policy and processes for almost all student questions!  (Tip: search the document using CTRL + F). 

  • New Advisors

    • New faculty advisors should review this slideshow to understand the context and overview of advising.
    • New advisors should email Kevin Rensch to discuss advising in more detail after reviewing the presentation above.
  • Your Advisor "To-Do" List

    • Jan. 22: Setup availability in Cardinal Success (see how here) and sync Google Calendar (see how here).  You can list your Zoom Personal Meeting ID (PMI) directly in your availability for convenient virtual meetings.

    • February 26:  From February 22 - 4, meet 1-on-1 with Elizabeth Meng or Kevin Rensch to review advising resources, including Academic Advisement Reports (see agenda here).  New information/resources will be reviewed. 
      • Setup a meeting with Kevin Rensch here.
      • Setup a meeting with Elizabeth Meng here.

    • March 8: Send appointment campaign to advisees (see how here).

    • Check the Registration Timeline, below.
  • Registration Timeline

    Registration for both the upcoming summer and fall occur during the spring:

    Summer 2021

    • March 1: Classes become visible on Cardinal Station
    • March 15: Registration for summer courses becomes available. 
    • Details on tuition, schedules, etc is available on the Summer Sessions webpage.

    Fall 2021

    Registration opens and continues on a rolling basis according to students' Enrollment Appointment.  Registration opens every Tuesday at 7:00 AM on the dates below: 
    • March 30: Priority & Honors Program registration opens
    • April 6: Rising seniors register 
    • April 13: Rising juniors register 
    • April 20: Rising sophomores register 
    Students must have earned enough credits to qualify for class status:
    • Rising seniors must have earned 72+ credits
    • Rising juniors must have earned 39 - 71.5 credits
    • Rising sophomores must have earned 0 - 38.5 credits
  • Meeting Checklist

    • Remind the student to come prepared.  The Course Planning & Registration page has all the information students need to build their course schedule.
    • Review student’s profile in Cardinal Success for key info like: GPA, minors, previous notes. 
    • Instruct students to complete the Academic Planner Worksheet before the meeting.  You can require they attend only after completing it.


    • Record notes in Appointment Report in Cardinal Success.
    • Review student’s schedule
      • Students should come prepared with a weekly schedule via Coursicle
      • The best classes for the semester can be planned by comparing the academic path vs a student’s degree progress report.
        • Academic Paths are based on when the student entered the University
        • Advisement Reports are listed in Cardinal Station, see here.  (Seniors only use the tracking sheet and follow
    • Review “Are you Ready to Register?” checklist
    • Save Appointment Report in Cardinal Success, including key info:
      • Selected courses
      • Key info on student to remember
      • Action items like: forms to submit, offices to contact
    • If necessary, refer student to campus resources
      • Submit alerts


  • Degree Progress

    Students should verify that enrolled courses fulfill degree requirements.  To help answer questions, you can track their degree progress with the Advisement Report tool.  

    N.B. Students who entered the University prior to Fall 2018 will not have an Advisement Report.  They utilize a “Tracking Sheet” which is saved on Cardinal Success under the "History" tab of a student's profile, see here. 
  • Cardinal Success and Set Up Instructions

    Go to Cardinal SuccessGoogle Chrome is the recommended browser.  Errors on other browsers can be reduced by disabling cookies and/or clearing your cache.

    "This year has gone very smoothly with advising.  Most of my advisees had prepared specific questions in advance to discuss -- also because I had emphasized that in my Appointment Notification to them.  And Cardinal Success really works very well -- it makes the whole process very efficient to manage." - Faculty Member

    "Wanted to mention that I find Cardinal Success WONDERFUL for planning appointments- makes that part of the advising process very efficient."  - Faculty Member

  • Campus Resources - Academic Success

    Please connect students to campus resources whenever possible.  Additionally, you can send an alert via Cardinal Success regarding a concern for a student that will be routed to the appropriate office. 

    The Center for Academic Success
    Mullen Library, Second Floor
    (202) 319 - 5655

    Math Center
    The Center for Academic Success
    Mullen Library, Second Floor
    (202) 319 - 5655

    Writing Center
    Kevin Rulo, Director
    219 Mullen Library

    Academic Coaching
    The Center for Academic Success
    102 McMahon 

    Center for Career and Academic Success
    This University office advises all first-year students.  
    102 McMahon

    Disability Support Services
    Encourage students with learning disabilities to register with DSS.  Accommodations are only available after students have registered.  
    127 Pryzbyla Center
    Phone: 202-319-5211

    Enrollment Services
    W200 Fr. O'Connell Hall
    Phone: 202-319-5300
    Fax: 202-319-5831

  • Campus Resources - Student Well-Being

    If a student has non-academic problems of a confidential nature and discusses this with you it is a sign of trust that he or she has confided in you.  Appropriate referrals can be made to:

    Dean of Students
    353 Pryzbyla Center

    Counseling Center
    O’Boyle Hall

    Disability Support Services
    Encourage students with learning disabilities to register with DSS.  Accommodations are only available after students have registered.  
    127 Pryzbyla Center
    Phone: 202-319-5211

Instructor Resources

For assistance, contact Rebecca Malachowski (