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Liberal Arts and Professional Studies – Centre for Student Success

Academic Advising Services: 103 Central Square, Tel.: 416-736-5222, e-mail:
Academic Success and Student Engagement: N926 Ross Building, Tel.: 416-736-2100, ext. 70790, e-mail:

The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (LA&PS) is a vibrant academic community that fosters engagement, development and academic success in all phases of the student life cycle. The successful student experience will involve personal, interpersonal, intellectual and social development and empowerment.

Student success depends upon an essential partnership between students and the University. The Centre for Student Success has been created to provide and partner with other responsible areas in the Faculty and University to deliver the successful student experience in LA&PS. Students served by the Centre for Student Success can be prospective, transitioning, continuing, graduating or alumni of LA&PS.

Academic Advising Services

Advising is one of the crucial activities that support student engagement and success. The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies considers academic advising to cover a number of complementary areas related to assisting students:

  • select majors and courses;
  • change majors or degrees;
  • transferring to LA&PS;
  • ascertain whether they are meeting the Faculty's academic regulations;
  • plan for their academic future both before and after graduation;
  • and generally make the most of their talents and interests.

The Centre for Student Success - Academic Advising Services will assist new students with the transition into their first year at York University and support them throughout the entire first year. It is responsible for providing students with the advice and information required for a successful first year experience.

Advising continuing students is a shared responsibility of the Centre for Student Success, individual departments, divisions and programs of the Faculty. Students should contact these offices throughout the year for advice and information related to their academic career including academic performance and degree program requirements.

Academic advisers will provide advice, guidance and support, as well as strategies and guidelines for continued educational success. They will provide accurate information of academic policies, procedures, regulations and degree requirements. They are available to answer questions and when unable to provide an answer, they will find the person who can or refer students to the appropriate resource.

Advisers are available for new and continuing students from 9:00am to 6:30pm Monday to Thursday and 10:30am to 5:00pm on Fridays during fall/winter sessions.

Academic Success and Student Responsibilities

It is important for students to recognize their responsibility to familiarize themselves with the academic policies, procedures and requirements published each year in the Undergraduate Calendar. They must continually monitor their progress toward graduation and for their academic choices. Students are recommended to use the online Degree Progress Report found at

Students are expected to:

  • ensure the courses they choose meet all requirements for graduation;
  • ensure the courses they choose meet prerequisites and are not course credit exclusions of other courses already taken;
  • ensure the times of the courses they choose do not conflict;
  • ensure the accuracy of their registration records, including all changes;
  • note and observe deadlines and procedures, especially deadlines for adding and dropping courses;
  • ensure full documentation is provided in support of petitions and other requests for special consideration;
  • keep themselves informed about their academic progress, including their performance in individual courses;
  • ensure they are familiar with the University Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities (;
  • ensure they understand University Academic Integrity provisions (

It is also recommended that students become familiar with the broad range of information and services available through the LA&PS website. This site has a great deal of information on the matters listed above, but also provides useful links to services such as Web enrolment, Registrarial Services in the Division of Students and Student Community and Leadership Development and Faculty-affiliated colleges.

Student Engagement

Get involved. Make a Difference. Start your successful future now.

The Centre for Student Success in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) recognizes that students who are actively engaged achieve more and get greater benefits from their university experience. Becoming involved in the LA&PS community can help you achieve greater academic success, increase life skills such as communicating and working with others, and gain valuable experience for your resume.  You can also have fun while meeting new people and networking with your fellow students. At the Centre for Student Success, we are dedicated to offering students a variety of ways to become engaged in the life of the Faculty.  Whether it is putting you in touch with an academic club or inviting you to a workshop on student awards and bursaries, we will help you discover how you can get involved in the Faculty of LA&PS.

Learn more about:

  • Academic success programs.
  • Volunteering and skills-building opportunities.
  • Awards information sessions and scholarship/awards celebrations.
  • Participation in LA&PS student clubs and Faculty governance.
  • Workshops that support academic success.
  • Student Experience Fund to support club and student initiatives.

You will never regret getting involved!

Contact us today to find out how you can get more out of your University years: