An advising plan is a set of courses to be completed within the next few terms. Making an advising plan is an opportunity for students to discuss their goals with their advisor.  Southern Oregon University requires all students to have an advising plan and those plans must be updated at least annually with their advisor. Advisors may require students to meet with them more than once a year, if necessary.

What happens if I don't have an advising plan?


If an advising plan is expired or is not entered by an advisor, a registration hold will be placed on your student account and you will not be eligible to register for the next term until an updated plan is entered. 

How do I know if I need an advising plan?

You will need an advising plan if you have not met with an advisor in the past year (note: some plans may be shorter). Students are contacted through their student e-mail account 30 days prior to the expiration of their advising plan - allowing them ample opportunity to meet with their advisor. 

How do I get an advising plan?

Meet with your advisor to discuss your advising plan. 

What if I don't know who my advisor is, or I don't have one?

  • Students in a First-Year Seminar course (USEM or House) meet with their Seminar Instructor.
  • All other students contact a Student Success Coordinator. Click here for contact information.

Can I see who my advisor is in Inside SOU?

Yes! Log into your Inside SOU account and look on the right hand side in the blue box labeled Online Services. Click on Degree Works for Students. Your Advisor is listed at the top and their name is a link to their email address. OR, under Banner Self Serve click on Academic Profile. In the box labeled Academic Profile select Student Info and then submit. If you have an assigned advisor you will see their name. You can search the online directory with the advisor's name to get their e-mail information. If an advisor name does not appear, follow the advice above to get an advisor.

Why do I need an advising plan?

SOU is committed to supporting our students in their academic goals.  The university wants to ensure all students have an opportunity to discuss their plans and create goals for completing their education and future planning. Advising plans are also an essential tool for students to complete their degrees in a timely manner.