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Is this your first year at ASU?

First-year students (not including new transfer students or online students) receive advising support in Armstrong Hall.

First-year advising


Rebecca (Becky) Polley
Manager, Academic Programs Office
Phone: (480) 965-5768
Office: ISTB4 7th Floor (SESE main office)

Kelli Wallace
Academic Success Advisor
Phone: (480) 727-3584
Office: ISTB4 7th Floor (SESE main office)

Jessica Jenner
Academic Success Advisor (Online advisor, BS in Astronomical and Planetary Sciences)
Phone:  (480) 727-3585
Office:  ISTB4 7th Floor (SESE main office)

Rebecca (Becca) Dial
Academic Success Advising Coordinator (Honors’ Advisor)
Phone: (480) 965-2213
Office: ISTB4 7th Floor (SESE main office)

 Advisor Responsibilities

  • Assist students in the planning of their academic schedules 
  • Clarify requirements, policies, and procedures 
  • Help track progress towards graduation 
  • Evaluate transfer credit needed for our degree programs (geology, astronomy, and earth science courses only)

When to seek advising

  • New students (freshmen and transfer).  Please call 480-965-6506 to schedule an appointment.
  • Students on probation or with deficiencies
  • Current ASU student changing major to Earth and Environmental Studies or Earth and Space Exploration 
  • Students seeking a minor in astronomy, astrophysics, or geological sciences
  • Questions regarding policies and procedures 
  • Repeating Courses 
  • Course selection for upcoming semesters 
  • Questions regarding progress towards graduation 
  • Advising holds/eAdvisor holds on your account

If you are in your first year at ASU or are a prospective ASU student:

Advising for all freshman, incoming transfer students, and any prospective future ASU students (with the exception of ASU Online majors) is done by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences First-Year Advising Center in Armstrong Hall. Please call 480-965-6506 to schedule an appointment.  You can click the First-year advising button at the top of the page to visit the College's web page for more information.

Scheduled advising appointments for all other students (30 minutes)

If you are SESE major with an advising hold, or need a full 30-minute appointment to talk to your advisor about how things are going, please schedule a 30-minute appointment. Scheduled appointments are also good for continuing ASU students that have been at ASU for more than a year who are interested in learning more about our majors.

How to schedule an appointment:

  • Current SESE students can schedule a meeting with their advisor from their MyASU page.  Just click on the Academic Advising section and you'll find a link to schedule an appointment with your advior. 
  • Other ASU students interested in SESE programs who would like to schedule an appointment with one of our advisors to get more information about our degrees, please email with a brief message about what questions you have for our advising team and we'll work with you to schedule an appointment with the appropriate person. 

Students must have their SUNCARD or at least their 10 digit affiliate ASU ID number (beginning with 1000 or 1200) and photo ID when checking in to meet with an advisor. If a student is running late or cannot make the scheduled appointment, he/she should notify the advisor with whom the appointment is scheduled ASAP. Students arriving late may be asked to reschedule their appointment.

Zoom Virtual Drop-in Advising (10-15 minutes)

Drop-in advising is a quick check-in with an advisor for items such as:

  • Making sure your class schedule is correct
  • Adding a minor
  • Doing a graduation check
  • Getting answers for quick questions
  • Having forms signed by an advisor (student portion of form must be completed when emailed to advisor)

Drop-ins are for continuing ASU students only.  Students can drop into the advisor's Zoom meeting room any time during the time allotted.  Students are placed into a virtual waiting room and then admitted to the advisor's room individually on a first come, first serve basis, so just hang out in the waiting room until the advisor connects with you.  The last student will be taken 15 minutes prior to the end time listed on the drop-in calendar, so please drop-in well before the end time to make sure you get a chance to speak with an advisor. 

To view the drop-in calendar, please click here.

Students should do the following to prepare for an advising appointment:

  • Make sure you know where your appointment is located on campus.
  • Check your Major Map and run your DARS (PDF) report to review your degree requirements.
  • Read the course descriptions and prerequisites for courses before coming to an advising session.
  • Make a list of questions and bring it to the appointment.
  • Make a tentative class schedule if planning to discuss registration.
  • Bring any forms that require advisor review and signatures. This includes items such as SAP reviews, petitions, consortium agreements, etc. The advisor expects that the student will already have filled out his/her portion of these forms. Failure to do so could result in an appointment being rescheduled or a follow-up appointment being needed.
  • Bring paper and a pen to take notes.

Faculty Mentoring

All SESE majors have a Faculty Mentoring Milestone listed as a critical requirement on their Major Map in Terms 2 and 4.  The purpose of this requirement is to help you connect with someone working in your field to ask questions about the types of things you can do with your degree after graduation and to get helpful suggestions about the things you should be doing as an undergraduate to work towards meeting those long-term goals.  

Your faculty mentor can help you figure out what things you need to do to start preparing for graduate school or finding a job in your chosen field, or they may be able to help you pinpoint the different types of things you can do with your specific degree. It’s an awesome benefit that allows you to connect with SESE in a different way and find opportunities that you otherwise may not know about.  Take advantage of it!


  1. It is your responsibility to email your mentor to request a meeting.  Don’t wait until the last week of the semester to do this - professors are busy at the end of the semester just like students. 
  2. Make sure to use your ASU email address with the extension when emailing faculty so they recognize you are affiliated with the university.  Your email is also much less likely to end up in their junk folder using your email.
ASSIGNED MENTORS:  Click here to find the name and email for your assigned faculty mentor.