Valparaiso University is committed to excellence. That same commitment to academic excellence is extended to advising practices. Entering students are assigned an academic advisor to assist them in selecting a curriculum, meeting university requirements, and making the most of their studies.

Your advisor can sign your registration forms, S/U forms, degree application forms, and other various paperwork, but that is not the extent that your advisor can assist you in reaching your goals and getting your degree.

Your advisor is able to help in many ways:

  • Improve your study habits
  • Improve your test taking skills
  • Arrange your schedule for a study abroad
  • Prepare for the career fair
  • Link you to campus resources
  • Direct you to counseling services on campus
  • Keep on top of deadlines
  • Add a minor
  • Provide career resources
  • Keep you informed of campus activities
  • Listen

Ultimately, you are responsible for your own education and are expected to read the catalog, know the policies and follow your plan of study, but your advisor will help navigate the way for you.

University Advisors:

Anna Stewart

Assistant Dean, Christ College (interdisciplinary honors college)

Christ College Link


Adrian A. Lee, Sr.

Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences


Krystie Reed

Advisor of All College of Business Majors/Minors

Patty Jarosz

Advisor of First and Second Year Students

The College of Engineering Link

Laura Sanders

Laura Sanders

Assistant Dean for Student Success

Bianca Villarruel

Bianca Villarruel

Advisor of Health Care Leadership and Health Science (5 Year Physician Assistant Program)

Jennifer Smolnicky

Advisor of BSN Transfer, Accelerated, and International Students

Patty Jarosz

Advisor of First and Second Year Students

The College of Engineering Link


CAA Vision Statement
The Valparaiso University Council of Academic Advisors will be recognized in higher education for exemplary academic advising and as a resource for best practices in fostering student success.

CAA Mission Statement
The CAA strives to empower students to reflect on their vocations, take ownership of their education and professional development, and to lead and serve in the ever-changing global community.

To view the entire Vision, Mission and Values Statements click here.

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