Informing students about scholarship, bursary, and fellowship opportunities
These are academic advisors who specialize in assisting new students (fresh out of high school, transfer students from another school, exchange students, etc.) adapt to school life. This can include matters other than purely academic ones, such as connecting with other students, assisting with housing, or personal issues. These people are usually assigned to a student when they arrive and serve as the initial point of contact for many academic matters.
These are experts in the rules and requirements pertaining to specific degree programs, and will provide ongoing advice and guidance on program selection, course registration, credit load, deadlines, and majors and minors. They will offer help in managing academic situations during periods of personal, financial, or medical problems, by working with students to help them make informed decisions. These people are usually also involved with other administrative school matters; therefore it is usually necessary to make an appointment with these advisors so they can give a student the undivided attention they need.
These types of advisors may only be available during specific times of year (for example, prior to registration for each semester) or during their regularly scheduled office hours. They concentrate on matters specific to their department, such as course offerings, exam schedules, and tutoring. Usually an appointment is necessary so the advisor can have the appropriate materials ready for the student when they arrive.
These people act in a voluntary capacity to mentor students as they progress through their program. They also provide advice on the latest trends in a specific field of study and will make recommendations on related advanced studies. They may discuss opportunities for student research projects and help to connect with other professors who best suit that studentís interests. They will also refer students back to faculty or departmental advisors for permissions related to program requirements. This group of advisors is usually the first point of contact for many students (outside of first-year advisors), as students are in contact with professors on a regular basis through their courseload.
These are student volunteers who have been trained by faculty or departmental advisers. These advisers often offer drop-in hours for advice on school life and will help students find the information they need. Not all schools will have peer advisors; they seem to be a fixture of the larger universities and colleges that have so many students it is impossible for regular staff to interact with all of them.