College enrollment has increased steadily over the past decade, and there is an expectation that enrollments over the next few decades will more than double our current college student population. For years, academic advising for college students was on the periphery. Increasingly, however, faced with the challenges created by the daunting costs and competition associated with college success, academic advisors are finding themselves more and more present to the everyday experience of college students. The new approaches to learning, including distance learning and a growing returning student population, have contributed to the creation of the role of the "professional" academic advisor, as more colleges recognize the value of the experience of advising. Adopting a phenomenological approach, this book is addressed toward all who work in a student or academic affairs role with college students, be they affiliated with a specific department or an advising college. Student Affairs professionals are also likely to gain insight from this book.