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Academic AdvisingResources for Faculty and Professional Advisors

Advisors serve a critical role in each student's academic success. Having the proper training, keeping up with current trends, and having access to the advisor's toolkit (software) help us develop the skills necessary to be a competent academic advisor. This page has links to all these things and more! Consider becoming active in the Old Dominion Advising Network (ODAN); refer to the Master Advisor Program materials and attend the NACADA-produced webinars; or use the online Advisor Handbook for reference to policies and procedures. It's all in one place!

Advising Listserve

Join the listserve:

Post a message:

  • Email your information to UCAdvisors@odu.edu. Make sure the information is listed as you would like it to appear.
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Advising Handbook Advising Awards
Advising Syllabus Master Advisor Program


Retain Software

Training Materials for All Users

  1. How to Login

  2. Schedule Advising Meeting (Video)

  3. Viewing Progress Grades (Video)

  4. Retain Student Guide


Training Materials for Advisors

  1. Retain Advisor Guide

  2. Setting Appointment Availability

  3. Connecting Outlook

  4. Connecting Zoom

  5. Appointment Campaigns

  6. How to Bulk Search

  7. How to Bulk Search (Video)


For any questions about Retain, please contact retain@odu.edu.


Training Videos


Navigating Banner XE Forms (video)


Academic Calendar


Detailed academic calendars are typically published in March (for the upcoming Fall term) and October (for the upcoming Spring and Summer terms), usually approximately 1-1/2 months prior to the pre-registration period. However, the calendar for any upcoming term will be made available as soon as it is finalized.

Exam schedules for each term are published as soon as they are available; an academic calendar for any term may be published BEFORE exam schedules are ready.

For a general academic calendar showing only major start/end dates and holidays for upcoming terms, consult the University Catalog.



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