UM Advising Commons

Advising Information

Ideally, the advising process helps a student take full advantage of the academic and co-curricular opportunities offered by an institution. Whether a student enters knowing their major or not, the advisor works with that student, helping them clarify their objectives. Academic planning should be a dynamic process that incorporates student’s experience and changing needs.  The advisor doesn’t make decisions for the student: he or she helps the students find the information they need to make good decisions for themselves.

Advising Responsibilities

Through a collaborative relationship between student and advisors, the information exchange empowers students to realize their educational potential and gain a clearer understanding of the higher education experience. This interactive process attempts to aid students in setting achievable academic goals, research relevant resources and make responsible decisions concerning goals, abilities and university requirements. To achieve this, the student and advisor each assume specific responsibilities.

As a student, I will:

  • Identify and clarify personal values, abilities, interests, and goals.
  • Become knowledgeable about and adhere to institutional policies, procedures, and requirements.
  • Contact and make appointments with the advisor when required or when in need of assistance.
  • Notify the advisor about changes in appointments, plans, or course schedules.
  • Plan in advance for advising sessions and communicate and share ideas in the academic planning process.
  • Follow through on actions identified during each advising session.
  • Evaluate the advising system, when requested, in order to strengthen the advising process.
  • Accept final responsibility for all decisions.

As an advisor, I will:

  • Assist students in defining and developing realistic educational and career plans.
  • Assist students in planning an educational program consistent with their abilities and interests.
  • Discuss and reinforce relationships between the instructional program and occupations/careers.
  • Make available to students pertinent and accurate information about University, program, and professional requirements.
  • Interpret and provide rationale to students for instructional policies and procedures.
  • Reinforce student responsibility for academic decisions and behaviors.
  • Approve designated educational transactions (e.g., course schedule, petitions, and other forms).
  • Assist students in the evaluation of progress toward established goals and educational plans.
  • Provide accurate information about resources to enhance the educational experience.
  • Inform students of special services available for academic development and assistance.
  • Assist advisees in identifying career opportunities.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Refer students when academic, attitudinal, attendance, or personal problems require intervention.

How to Find an Advisor

Primarily, students are advised by advisors within their academic major departments. Students should contact the department’s main office to identify their specific advisor. Some departments list individual advisor assignments in OneStop under the “Academics” tab. However, some student populations have advisors through the Undergraduate Advising Center or other advising offices. Below, is a list of these populations and their governing advising departments. All students, regardless of major, can come to the Undergraduate Advising Center for assistance with general education advising.

Undergraduate Advising Center, LC 269


Freshman Business

Pre-Communications Studies



Undergraduate Non-Degree

Pre-Nursing Advising Program, LC 286


Pre-Nursing Requirements

(Also a part of the Undergraduate Advising Center)

Biological Sciences Advising Offices, HS 104


Pre-Medical Sciences Program

Department of Philosophy, LA 101


Pre-Law Program

School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science, SB 135


Pre-Physical Therapy Program

All Other Majors

College of Technology (COT)


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