A student who declares a major when entering the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is assigned a faculty advisor from the student's major area.

A student who has not declared a major is assigned to a general academic advisor until the student has a declared major. All full-time faculty members are expected to assist with advising undeclared students. Division Chairs will strive to maintain an equitable distribution of advisees. A student should be encouraged to declare a major by the time 60 hours have been completed.

Advisors are expected to understand the mission and purpose of USAO. Advisors are expected to help students plan their academic programs, giving students ample opportunity for self- expression and independent thought while concurrently maintaining progress toward timely completion of degree requirements. Advisors should also assist students with problems and encourage students to participate in campus activities that support their needs and interests.