Academic advising is an important part of a student’s college education. Every student is assigned to an advisor by their Division before the beginning of their first semester. Students are sent a letter letting them know who their advisor is and how to reach him/her. Advisor’s names are listed on student’s MaineStreet Student Center and on myCampus in the Academics tab. Students are encouraged to communicate with their advisor frequently.
Advisors are limited as to what they can share with parents. UMF adheres to the FERPA policy which protects student’s confidentiality. With student’s permission, advisors can discuss student’s progress with parents. For more information on FERPA, click here.
Advising Mission Statement
The role of advising is to help students make choices and, in the process, to help them learn how to make good decisions and solve problems on their own.
The Academic Advisor’s Role
The Academic Advisor will provide accurate, reliable information; assist students with choosing educational and career objectives; assist with exploring the consequences of their choices; and inform students of the services and educational opportunities available at UMF.
How Academic Advising Works
Advising varies by individual faculty member and by department. However, students should expect their 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. Students should consult with their advisor whenever they have questions or problems relating to their academic goals or academic success.
Students Responsibilities in the Academic Advising Relationship
- Contact your advisor; establish a connection by taking time to introduce yourself.
- Take the initiative by seeking out your advisor when necessary.
- Find out his/her preference for contact — by phone, e-mail or drop-in during office hours.
- Keep your advisor informed of changes in your academic status, schedule and goals.
- Know your graduation and major requirements as listed in the online Catalog, according to your academic major.
Additional Advising Support
Advising support is also available with Dr. George Miller, Director of Advising or Lori Soucie, Program Coordinator. George’s role is to facilitate communication between advisors and students, to develop instructional materials for students, and to create processes that enable smooth registration procedures. George is also the go-to person for students who need additional assistance or are having trouble communicating with their advisor. George can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-778-7337 and his office is in the Education Center, room 307.
Lori Soucie advises students in the Liberal Arts Undecided Program and also works as a Career Counselor. Lori helps students who are transitioning between majors or who are not sure if their current major is right for them. Lori can be reached at email@example.com or 207-778-7040 and her office is in Franklin Hall, room 221.
Additionally, the staff in Merrill Center can assist students with academic procedures including add/drop, withdrawal, and registration tasks. Merrill Center is located in Merrill Hall at 224 Main Street (207-778-7100).