UM Advising Commons

GEAR Online

GEAR Online is a summer orientation program new for Summer 2010. Incoming students electing this process may utilize these resources to successfully complete the online advising and registration process.

2010 Summer Orientation Advising Contacts
The departmental and programmatic advising contacts for the University of Montana who are on call to assist students within their departments throughout GEAR registration. Information includes individuals offices, phone numbers and emails.

Academic Planner
This web application allows students to develop a semester schedule by day and time by combining the Course Search feature and course descriptions in the Catalog. Students can create multiple semester and graduation plans to accomplish different academic goals.

This application provides a nice platform for advising as well as offering students the opportunity to plan in detail and save this information to alter at will.

Please note that this feature does not register students for classes. Cyberbear is the only application which accomplishes this.

Advising Videos
These videos provide relevant information about general education requirements, how to graduate, using the UM catalog and how advising works at UM. These tutorials should answer some base questions and allow you to develop a strong core group of classes for the upcoming semester.

Course Catalog
This comprehensive listing of all academic departments, majors, options and minors as well as certificate programs and College of Technology offerings provides students with information about their intended majors, a course of study and brief descriptions of departmental courses.

We recommend using this site to develop a list of potential classes for the upcoming semester, ensuring good progress in the student’s intended field and to research possible majors.

Course Search
This is a search feature that allows students to view course offerings by General Education Requirement, Campus, and availability online. Students may also elect to view only open courses.

Helpful Forms and Links
English Composition Website
General Education Requirements Checklist
How to Pay Your Registration Bill
How to Register for Classes at UM (Cyberbear Video)
Math Placement
Recommended Core Courses by Major (Summer 2010)
Suggested General Education Course for First Year Students
Transfer Credit Information

Please leave comments below with general questions or requests for more resources to be added to this page. What else would help?




1 Comment »

  1. Here are some popular course selections from the Undergraduate Advising Center.

    Consider taking a First-Year Interest Group ( This grouping of courses is a great way to find a block of classes, satisfy general education requirements, and explore major options.

    Freshman Seminar (UNC 101) is a 2 credit discussion based class designed for incoming freshman that offers small classes sizes, an opportunity to hone writing skills without your grade depending only on written assignments, and a chance to become familiar with the campus and academic expectations in a non-threatening environment. UNC 101 is a 10 week course as opposed to the full semester 15 week standard which allows students to have one less class to focus on during finals week.

    Checkout the Freshman Seminar website for more information at

    Comment by Shannon Janssen | July 20, 2010 | Reply

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