What is a Wayfinder, and where can I find one?

The beginning of a student’s collegiate career can be an exciting time – but it can also be overwhelming, as students learn about the multitude of University of Arizona programs and services available to them. Fortunately, The Advising Resource Center has launched Wayfinders as a resource to help students makes sense of it all while finding their academic way.

Wayfinders are a group of highly skilled professional academic advisors who serve as ambassadors to the UArizona advising community and who meet students wherever they are academically – from the student who has settled on a major and wants to discover opportunities, to the student who has come to campus undeclared and wants to find their perfect academic fit, to the student who wants to know which minors or second majors best fit their interests.

All new students, whether first-year or transfer, know they are in college at the UArizona. What is less clear is that there are 15 unique colleges, each with their own culture, programs, faculty, advisors, opportunities, and processes for things like declaring a major, adding a minor, or learning more about a program. For the new Wildcat, the scope of choices can be difficult to appreciate and even more daunting to navigate. This is the space in which Wayfinders operate.

Wayfinders engage with students through programming designed to highlight the many academic options available at UArizona. Our events are created to help build solid and long-lasting relationships between students and their advisors. You’ll also see Wayfinders assisting our ever-expanding list of campus partners in workshops that offer an advising perspective to their catalogue of services.

Finding the ideal academic home can be a challenge for our newest students as well as for those who are already at the university and are farther along in their degree plan. With a ready and willing asset in the advising community, students can rest assured that Wayfinders are here to help them every step of the way on their unique academic journeys.

Check out our Events page to see where you can find a Wayfinder!


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