Advising System

Admissions and Advising System


Personal advising:
The deanship of students’ affairs at HU offers workshops and counseling services meeting a wide variety of student needs including crisis intervention, medical and psychiatric referral, career counseling, study skills counseling, time management, concentration and memory improvement, exam preparation and test taking, and managing test anxiety.


Advising and Career Guidance
The Architecture program, its administrators, faculty, and staff, are committed to student success. All parties work diligently toward meaningful student support from the first visit to campus as a prospective student through a matriculated student’s graduation.


Enrollment Advising:

Upon admission and prior to the start of classes, all admitted students are offered orientation sessions. Incoming undergraduate students and their families participate in the general freshman orientation program organized by the University, and then continue with special orientation sessions in the Architecture program. Here they are introduced to, and work with a dedicated professional academic advisor.

During this session, students are introduced to the curriculum, sign up for first-semester classes, and are introduced to their role and responsibilities as advisees. Parents also have an advising session, meeting with program chairs during this period, where questions, from long range to short term, from supplies to curriculum, from campus to study abroad are addressed.
The Architectural Program considers early attention to advising matters as critical to a student’s future success, both as it relates to the specificity of a program’s demands, and to a student’s independence and self -reliance. Therefore, the Architectural Department has established an Academic Advising Committee (AAC) which is primarily responsible for overseeing the academic advising process in the department at the beginning of each academic year. The AAC is composed of all department faculty members. The AAC allocates a group of students to each faculty member.  Each student sees their advisor before registration and whenever he/she needs any advice on matters related to his/her student life. Additionally, The Architecturel Program chairs, Dr Ahmad AlHusban is also available as advisors when needed.


Functions of the Academic Advisor:
Academic advisors provide educational counseling for students. The academic advisor's primary responsibility is to evaluate the student's plan of study to ensure it will satisfy the college and university requirements while it meets each student's specific needs. To be effective, the advisor must recognize that each student has different abilities, interests, aspirations, needs, experiences, and problems so that the advisor approach in dealing with students can be different from one student to another.
To fulfill this requirement, the general advising duties can be stated as follows:
- Advise and help students in early registration and registration formalities.
- Provide guidance in dropping and adding courses and in improving academic performance.
- Ensure that the student understands academic regulations and follow their academic program in a sequential order.
- Follow-up the students' academic progress, especially those who are not in good academic standing.  The advisor will seek to meet these academically weak students (whose GPA <2 out of 4) and recommends the proper course of action they should take to improve their GPA.
- Develop and provide a trusting and respectful environment that allows students to define, develop, and achieve their realistic goals.
- Assist students in gaining learning, communication, decision making, and leadership skills.
- Make students aware of how one’s own academic experiences connect to one’s life.
- Motivate students’ sense of responsibility towards their educational plans and achievements.
- Understand and effectively communicate to students the department policies and procedures, graduation requirements, and educational requirements.
- Guide the students to effectively pursue and benefit from the university and faculty of engineering educational and entertainment resources.


Guidelines for Advisees:
The student is highly encouraged to meet with the academic advisor every semester prior to or during the registration week. The goal of this meeting is to review the student academic requirements. In addition, the student can take an appointment to meet individually with the academic advisor to discuss the program of study, career plans, or any academic problems encountered by the student.


Counseling services:
HU believes in the importance of student counseling and guidance to achieve the utmost adaptation and integration of students into campus life. Proper guidance and counseling leads to a healthy, mature, emotionally balanced personality leading to the best academic achievement. Many issues and concerns are addressed at HU. Those issues include communication/assertiveness skills, eating disorders or eating concerns, physical/emotional abuse, coping with stress, depression thoughts, coping with loss-grief, conflict resolution, post-trauma debriefing, anxiety/panic/phobias, and homesickness/loneliness.
The following counseling services are provided to all HU students through the unit of student care and services at the deanship of student affairs.
- Help new students to engage in the HU community, adjust to university student life and overcome any obstacles that might arise.
- Provide guidance and support for students socially, psychologically, and academically.
- Addressing various student problems and issues by solving them and reducing their impact.
- Provide specialized assistance for students with learning and/or physical disability to engage in HU community and overcome any obstacle that might arise throughout their time at HU.
- Provide personal and group therapy for students.
- Perform training and personal development seminars for students to ensure positive attitudes and strength of character.
- Provide counseling brochures and booklets for students.
- Organize preventative workshops, lectures, seminars, and training for students to raise their awareness, resilience and mitigate any possible hardship.