Advisement Guide Program

The Advisement Guide program groups experienced SUNY Oswego students with incoming freshmen to aid in their transition to SUNY Oswego and enhance their first-year experience. Advisement Guides work to assist students by providing academic support and linking students to campus resources. 

Advisement Guides can help students learn the ropes of college life by discussing such topics as:

  • Campus resources
  • Good study habits
  • Time management skills
  • Ways to get involved on campus
  • Campus systems (e.g., Degree Works, myOswego)
  • Course registration
  • Faculty handoff prep

Advisement Guides are available Mon - Fri from 9:00am - 3:00pm in the Advisement Center, 151 Marano Campus Center

How does the program work?

Advisement Guides are a part of SUNY Oswego’s Advisement Center. They are available to assist their peers with areas such as other offices on campus that are partnered with the Advisement Guides, as well as campus resources and online systems for students (e.g., Degree Works). Advisement Guides will also help support their peers academically with aspects such as time management skills and study strategies.

Who are the Advisement Guides?

Advisement Guides are successful sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are available to assist their peers. Our Advisement Guides excel academically and are involved around campus.

How do I become an Advisement Guide?

Advisement Guides take a 1-credit upper division training course their first semester with the Advisement Center. They take another 1-credit upper division course their second semester while completing 3 office hours per week. Opportunities for internship credit are available as early as the third semester as a guide.

You must meet the following criteria in order to become a guide:

  • Be a full-time undergraduate student at SUNY Oswego during both the fall and spring semesters of the upcoming academic year.
  • Be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior.
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. 
  • Be knowledgeable about SUNY Oswego.
  • Have good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Be self-motivated and have leadership potential.

The Advisement Guide application is available via Handshake


Remember: Advisement Guides are not tutors, counselors, or your advisor, but they can guide to the campus resources that will provide any additional support that you may need!

Advisement Guide application timeline:

  • August 22 - October 21, 2022
    Complete application via Handshake
  • October 24 - November 11, 2022
    Participate in interview process
  • Winter 2022/2023
    Complete Advisement Guide training
  • Spring 2023
    Begin your office hours as an Advisement Guide