What does an Academic Counselor do?

Academic counselors assist college students with a broad range of academic matters. They help students select courses and ensure chosen classes conform with the recommended academic plan for the student’s major so the student will meet graduation requirements. In addition, academic counselors suggest educational options that support a student’s intended professional goals. Counselors often also provide tools or resources to help with challenges students may have that impact their ability to perform well academically.

Academic counselors typically have at least a bachelor’s degree, although some institutions require candidates for these positions to have a master’s degree. A background in higher education or advising is beneficial, and many academic counselors also have professional expertise that allow them to specialize in advising students in a particular area or discipline.

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Academic Counselor Salaries

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$50,087 /yr
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Hatch (Singapore)Hatch (Singapore)
Undergraduate Student
Jan 9, 2022

“I enjoyed my time working here as everyone on the team made work enjoyable and very pleasant.”

Academic Advisor
Sep 28, 2021

“the supervisors advocate for us and get us the best resources they can to help us do our jobs effectives.”

Academic Specialist - Teaching
Dec 5, 2021

“Everything is perfect .But yes a 5 days work culture is what I am anticipating .”

Council On International Educational ExchangeCouncil On International Educational Exchange
Study Abroad Advisor
Aug 13, 2019

“Low morale on an individual basis (though colleagues enjoy working with one another).”

Albertsons CompaniesAlbertsons Companies
Undergraduate Student
Oct 15, 2021

“My boss was only nice so I would be more inclined to work extra shifts.”

Associate Academic Mentor
Aug 12, 2020

“If you'll perform well you'll definitely outshine and grow exceptionally well and you'll get many responsibilities and opportunities.”

Penn StatePenn State
Undergraduate Student
Apr 12, 2021

“Beaver stadium is so fun and great”

Sauder School of BusinessSauder School of Business
Undergraduate Academic Assistant
Jun 8, 2020

“none I worked with great people and enjoyed it”

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