Academic Advising

We understand that selecting a major is a big decision. That's why offer supportive and collaborative help for our students to acquire essential knowledge, skills, and habits as they pursue their academic and career goals.

We're here to help you explore interests, values, and personality types and to discover majors and occupations that you will find interesting and rewarding.

Our staff coordinates advising for General Studies majors and students who have not declared a major.
We also identify and assist students who are experiencing academic challenges.
Check out the FAQ to learn more, or use the contact info below to schedule an appointment. 


Registration is completed online through Pipeline. We encourage you to meet with your assigned advisor prior to registering for any class, and to follow your degree plan when scheduling classes. 

To make building a class schedule easier, we provide a schedule planner tool available on Pipeline, along with a tutorial for this registration tool.

Meet Our Staff

Jake BrownfieldJake Brownfield, Ed.S.
Director, Academic Advising
Diane SmithDiane Smith
Administrative Assistant
 Cameshia Brewer
Graduate Assistant
 Korey Alfred
Graduate Assistant
 Colton Beaver
Graduate Assistant




Liberal Arts Requirements Checklist.pdf

HU Majors List.pdf

Degree Evaluation Form.pdf - This form is to be completed for 60-75 hour Degree Evaluation Requirement

Academic Probation - Suspension Self-Assessment Form.pdf - This assessment is required for students on Academic Suspension or Probation.  However, this assessment is useful for any student who is struggling academically.

New Advisor Verfication Form.pdf

Financial Aid Suspension Appeal Packet.pdf

If you have difficulty in downloading the PDF's above visit Adobe Support for help with downloading or contact to have the forms sent to you.

Info for Faculty

Advising Basics

Why Advise?

Advising gives you the opportunity to challenge students to:

  • make informed decisions
  • set short-and long-range educational goals
  • accept responsibility for their educational development
  • grow personally and academically

Advising is an opportunity to talk to students about:

  • life and career goals
  • lifestyles
  • values, interest, and abilities
  • learning styles, strengths, and limitations
  • decision-making skills
  • campus resources
  • your academic area

What is Developmental Advising?

Developmental advising...

  • is a process, not a paper and pencil activity
  • is concerned with human growth
  • is goal-related
  • requires establishment of caring interaction
  • uses all resources of the academic community


Enhancing Your Effectiveness as an Advisor

Enhance your effectiveness as an advisor by...

  • considering the advising relationship as an opportunity to teach students
  • beginning the advising relationship with a discussion of the broader reasons for advising
  • empowering students to make their own decisions
  • encouraging students to become involved with advising, academics, and co-curricular aspects of university life
  • collaborating with other departments, including student services, to improve advising
  • acquiring your advisee's College Student Inventory, and being familiar with the results


At Risk Factors

A student's MINDSET contributes to his/her academic success.

  • M - Motivation
  • I - Initiative
  • N - Navigation skills – navigate regulations and requirements of college to stay on track
  • D - Direction – short and long-term educational and career goals
  • S - Study skills
  • E - Expectations
  • T - Time Management

Six most common factors contributing to academic difficulty include:

  • Poor time management
  • Poor study skills
  • Lack of problem solving/coping skills
  • Employed too many hours
  • Inappropriate expectations of college
  • Lack of internal motivation


Students Changing Advisors

If a student wants to change advisors, the student must meet with the new advisor.  If the advisor agrees to accept the student as a new advisee, the new advisor must email the new advisee's name and Harding ID# to the Office of the Registrar requesting that the student become his/her new advisee.

Contact Us

Fax: 501-279-5270

Location: Student Center Room 236

Mailing address:
Harding University
Academic Advising
Box 10749
Searcy, AR 72149-5615