Office of Academic Advising

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What We Do

We support all Exploring majors, first-years in a certain majors, students navigating academic standing and any student looking for additional support. We guide students as they navigate their major/career options and connect them to the proper resources.

Contact Information

Academic Advising at RIC is designed to help all undergraduate degree candidates stay on track for graduation.

A Partnership

We are here to help students create and assess academic, personal and career orientated goals, encourage students to get involved on campus, and focus on resources that can enhance their RIC experience academically, and holistically. Additionally, our office utilizes Starfish in order to schedule appointments, create engagement within the campus community, and to connect students to the proper resources.

Who We Assist

With the understanding that students meet with their advisor each semester regarding academic plans and their progress toward completing all academic requirements, we're pleased to assist the following populations:

  • Exploring Majors
  • First Year, Intended Elementary and Early Childhood Education majors
  • First Year, Intended Nursing majors
  • First Year, Intended Medical Imaging majors
  • First Year, School of Business majors
  • Students navigating Academic Standing
  • Any student looking for additional support

Specific Services We Provide 

Our office helps students with:

  • course registration
  • adding/dropping courses
  • short and long-term planning
  • major exploration
  • academic coaching

We guide students as they navigate their major/career options and connect them to the proper resources, including faculty. Academic Coaching also lives in our office and we work with students navigating the stages of academic standing, such as Academic Warning, Notice and Dismissal Review.

An Introduction to Advising

Finding Your Advisor

You can locate your advisor by following these three simple steps:

  1. log into MyRIC
  2. go to "My Academics"
  3. click on the "View my Advisors" link

Intended Nursing Majors Support

For those planning to pursue a nursing degree, we provide specific supports for this planning:

  • show students the pathway to the School of Nursing
  • short and long-term planning
  • career discussions
  • assist with applying to the School of Nursing
  • for students who pivot and decide Nursing is no longer for them, assisting in finding an alternate path and major to help them become successful at RIC and beyond

Our Staff

Support Resources

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Starfish for Students

Starfish is an online resource created to help students succeed. Make connections with your professors, advisors and other Rhode Island College staff, make appointments and browse campus resources.

Featured News & Stories


Academic Advisor Wins National Award

Rhode Island College Impact

Lindsay Petrarca from the RIC Office of Academic Advising received the Steven J. Bailey Advisor of the Year Award from the National Academic Advising Association.