Academic Advising

BComm Academic Advisors are expereinced in helping students navigate their academic journey in the BComm Program and Saint Mary's University. Academic Advisors strive to empower students by helping your learn about the resources, strategies, and tools needed to transition through your time in the BComm program. BComm Academic Advisors are committed to providing a supportive environment that focuses on individual student need and prioritizes your educational, professional, and personal development. As your advisors, we can help you identify your goals, strengths, and interests to help you make informed decisions. Students can book an appointment through our online booking system to meet with an Academic Advisor. 

Students admitted in Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 can review the BComm First Year Registration Guide for helpful information before meeting with their Academic Advisor. We recommend all new, first year students meet with an Academic Advisor before they start their first term in the BComm Program to review their course plan and registration and learn about academic and personal success resources on campus that can help you in your First Year. Some of these include: BComm PAS Program, Early Assist, Academic Advising, and the Student Success Centre


Virtual Drop-In Academic Advising Information

Beginning May 9 - September 2, 2022, students can access virtual drop-in academic advising through the BComm Academic Advising & Success Centre Brightspace. Students can attend a drop-in advising session via Zoom for one-on-one advising. Students will wait in a queue in the Waiting Room of the Zoom meeting and the advisor will admit students one by one throughout the drop-in period. 

Drop-In Sessions take place:

Students can join using the links above or find the events in the "Upcoming Events" section the Academic Success & Advising Centre Brightspace

Students can email with any questions. 

Academic Advising Appointment Information

Appointments are approximately 20 minutes long and can be scheduled up to two weeks in advance. Students who require more in-depth advising are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor.

Academic Advising appointments are best used for questions about:

  • Review your degree requirements and monitor your progress;
  • Plan and sequence your courses that relate to your goals and interests;
  • Explore program options, such as major, minors, and certificates;
  • Understand university Academic Regulations and processes;
  • Help students experiencing academic difficulty and develop a plan;
  • Understand transfer credit and Letter of Permission;
  • Discover and discuss your education and career goals;
  • Develop and use strategies for academic success;
  • Identify opportunities to build skills in the university community (e.g. study abroad, Co-op)

Students can book and manage appointments using our booking page:

Book an Academic Advising appointment by clicking here!  

Why Speak with an Academic Advisor?

Your Academic Advisor can help you understand your degree requirements, academic expectations, where and how to get help, and how to design and plan your undergraduate student experience at SMU.

Your academic success is a shared responsibility where students work together with their Academic Advisor, professors, and other resources on campus to meet your goals. Students should speak with an Advisor at least once a year to review your progress and plan your next steps to ensure you are on track and meeting your goals. We are here to answer your questions and check-in on your progress.

How do I prepare to meet with an Academic Advisor?

Not sure how to prepare to meet with your Advisor? Academic Advising appointments are private meetings to offer students customized, individual support. This allows students to have discussions unique to their needs. Here are some suggestions to consider before attending your appointment:

  1. Create a list of questions or concerns you want to ask;
  2. Check Degree Works to review your degree progress and what questions you have;
  3. Review your academic program/major/minor in the Undergraduate Calendar for information;
  4. Review important academic dates and deadlines and Course Registration dates;
  5. If you need to cancel or change your appointment, please do so using the link or contact 

What Happens in an Advising Appointment?

Your Advisor wants to help you as much as possible. When meeting with your Advisor try to provide as much information as possible to help us understand your situation and how we can best help. Advisors can work with students to help record important information or suggestions discussed during the meeting. Many times, during appointments advisors and students discuss and plan for next steps and students can schedule a follow-up appointment.

BComm Academic Success Resources

The BComm program offers academic success resources for undergraduate commerce students. More information and resources can be found on the BComm Academic Success Brightpace. Support and resources include:

I need help, but don’t know where to go?

We know that many students experience different challenges during their time in the BComm program. If you need help, come to speak with an Academic Advisor. Not sure if we are the right place to help you? Visit us anyway. We can help students understand and explore different options and services on campus when you are experiencing personal challenges or an emergency.

BComm Academic Success & Advising Centre contact and location information:

Sobey 252 (just off the main Sobey Building lobby)
903 Robie St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3C3

Email: | Phone: 902-491-6532 


  • Bronwyn K. Lynn, BComm Program Manager
  • Jill Thomas, BComm Program Advisor
  • Emma Wicks, BComm Program Advisor
  • Yi Xie, BComm Program Secretary


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