Your academic advisor will be assigned to you at the point of admission. The major criterion for assignment is the advisor’s expertise, broadly interpreted, in the student’s general field of interest, though the advisor assignment can also result from regional considerations.
Your advisor works with you in several ways, most importantly in the graduate programs, as a degree program advisor. You and your advisor will discuss your program plans and your progress toward your degree. During each registration period, you and your advisor should communicate about your plans for the upcoming term to be certain your enrollments are is proceeding in ways consistent with program expectations.