Connect with an Advisor

The KSAS Office of Academic Advising encourages undergraduates to explore opportunities and excel as they identify and achieve meaningful academic and personal goals.

Advising is an interactive process between a student and an advisor, which serves as a resource for students to understand their degree requirements, major requirements, and discuss personal and educational goals. Students may need help accessing resources provided by the university including academic assistance, leave of absences, study abroad, mental and physical health, research, campus clubs and organizations and more.

Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor or advisor success coach via 1-on-1 meetings. Alternatively, students can meet with the advisor-on-duty during virtual Drop-In hours.


1-on-1 Zoom meetings with a student’s assigned advisor or advisor success coach are typically about 30 minutes in length and allow the student to explore various topics in depth. Making an appointment is easy and can be done so online. Follow these instructions to make your appointment today.

The first two weeks of the semester is an incredibly busy time for students and advising. Students are encouraged to utilize Drop-In advising meetings if they cannot make an appointment with their assigned advisor during the first two weeks of the semester.

Drop-In Meetings

Attention: There will be no Drop-In hours for Monday, March 22, Tuesday, March 30, Wednesday, April 14, Thursday, April 22, Friday, April 30 & Wednesday, May 12.

Drop-In meetings can be used for quick questions or for advisor approval for an Add/Drop request. Students will be seen by the advisor-on-duty in the order that they enter the Zoom meeting. Drop-In meeting tend to last 15 minutes or less. If you think you need more than 15 minutes, we recommend that you make an appointment with your advisor. Drop-In meetings will only be available during the specified schedule, found in the blue information box on the left-hand side of this page.

  1. To enter the Drop-In Zoom session, complete the sign-in form.
  2. Click on the link provided after submitting your form and the zoom host will admit you into the session.
  3. When the advisor-on-duty is available, you will be placed into a private chat room.
  4. Once your conversation with the advisor comes to an end, click on the “Leave Meeting” button to end your zoom session.

NB: If the University is closed Drop-In meetings will be cancelled. Should the Advising Office need to cancel a regularly scheduled Drop-In meeting, an email will be sent to KSAS students’ Hopkins email.

Knowing your FERPA Rights

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student’s education record and prohibits the university from disclosing information from those records without the written consent of the student.

When you meet with an academic advisor, your advisor will be assuming that you have established the level of privacy in your setting that you want during your advising session. When an additional person is purposefully present during your advising meeting, your advisor may ask you to complete a FERPA Release Form before the advising session may continue. 

For more information, please consult the FERPA website created by the Office of the University Registrar.