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Undergraduate Academic Advising for Design Students

Academic Advising is critical to academic success at Ohio State. Often serving as the main point of contact between students and the university, advisors help create academic plans that meet your educational and career goals. We're here to guide you through the university while connecting you to appropriate resources that help keep you on track along the way.

Advising for undergraduate students on the Columbus campus is provided by the individual college or department that offers the program of study you are pursuing. In the Department of Design, all students pursuing one of our BSD tracks are assigned to our Academic Planning Specialist, Gabe Tippery. He only advises Design students and is a highly specialized expert in this type of advising. This allows you to get advice from someone who knows the specifics of your curriculum. Your advisor will help you with course scheduling, degree planning, and other concerns related to major and GE requirements.

Additionally in the Department of Design, all students pursuing one of our BSD tracks are encouraged to develop a strong relationship with their respective Program Area Coordinator.

Why see your Academic Advisor?

  • To plan your academic degree program; understanding requirements and course sequences
  • To shape your general education experience; file course petitions and track progress
  • To plan for a minors, undergraduate research, global education, internships, or other co-curricular options 
  • To get help with course enrollments such as being added to waitlists, processing course enrollment permissions or drops after the fourth Friday of the term. 
  • To clarify university and college policies and procedures; academic probation/dismissal, withdrawal, reinstatement, etc... 
  • To connect to other Ohio State resources
  • To get help elevating and amplifying your academic and professional successes to our marketing and recruitment team 
  • To apply to graduate

Why see your Area Coordinator?

  • To learn more about the course content in your required courses
  • To get permissions for enrolling in "permission only" opportunities 
  • To review portfolios, resumes, and career opportunities 
  • To explore undergraduate research opportunities or independent studies
  • To address issues within the classroom/curriculum if unable to resolve with individual instructors first
  • To build professional connections, receive mentoring, and write recommendation letters

Additional Support for Honors Students

In addition to the Academic Advisor and Area Coordinator, honors students have staff support from the Arts Honors Program Manager.

The Arts Honors Program Manager assists students with the following: 

  • Meet with prospective Honors students to discuss the requirements for Arts Honors. 
  • Meet with Arts Honors students to review course selections and scheduling plans specific to Honors.
  • Approve Arts Honors contracts and contract revisions. 
  • Conduct an annual eligibility review of Arts Honors students. 
  • Assign Honors status in SIS and confirm priority scheduling. 
  • Work with Graduation Services to certify Honors distinctions for graduating students.

Ed Quinn is the Arts Honors Program Manager. His office is located in 100 Denney Hall. Please send an email to quinn.142@osu.edu to schedule an Arts Honors appointment.

More about the Arts Honors Program

Academic Advisor

Gabe Tippery

Gabe Tippery 


Undergraduate Academic Planning Specialist 

Office Location
105A Hayes Hall
108 North Oval Mall
Columbus OHIO 43210

Student Hours
Administrative Day
No Appointments 

Tuesday & Wednesday
Online Only 
8:30am-12pm and 1pm-3:30pm 

Thursday & Friday
Online or On Campus 
8:30am-12pm and 1pm-3:30pm

How to schedule an advising appointment

Current Design students may schedule appointments 24/7 via OnCourse at https://buckeyes.campus.eab.com.  

If you are unable to make an appointment online, please call 614-292-6961 or email askascadvising@osu.edu. When emailing or leaving a voicemail message, please be sure to indicate the purpose of the appointment and the best phone number and/or email address at which to reach you. Email and voicemail messages are monitored 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding university holidays.