Your Academic Advisor’s Role
Your Academic Advisor will provide accurate, reliable information; assist you with choosing educational and career objectives; assist you with exploring the consequences of your choices; and inform you of the services and educational opportunities available at UMF
How Academic Advising Works
Advising varies by individual faculty member and by department. However, you should expect your advisor to be available during his/her office hours, to respond to reasonable requests by e-mail or voice-mail and to schedule appointments for course selection when necessary.
Assignment of Your Academic Advisor
How and when you will be assigned your academic advisor varies by academic department. You may receive notification of who your academic advisor is during the summer, but one thing’s for sure — you’ll be notified at Orientation prior to the start of fall classes.
Your Responsibilities in the Academic Advising Relationship
A) Contact your advisor; establish a connection by taking time to introduce yourself. B) Take the initiative by seeking out your advisor when necessary. C) Find out his/her preference for contact — by phone, e-mail or drop-in during office hours. D) Keep your advisor informed of changes in your academic status, schedule and goals. E) Know your graduation and major requirements as listed in the Online Catalog, according to your academic major.
Suggestions for the First Meeting with Your Academic Advisor
- Present your advisor with a copy of your resume as a means of introduction.
- Be prepared to discuss your academic interests, career goals and outside interests.
- Prepare questions you have about services on campus, opportunities within the department and course-related information.
- Ask your advisor about his/her career path to becoming a professor at UMF.
- Ask what advice your advisor can offer new students.
- Ask how your advisor prefers to be contacted if issues arise.