Who are my resources? My Advisor
What is a faculty advisor?
Students in most UMD colleges are assigned to a faculty advisor who teaches within the same or similar field of interest as the student's declared major. Some colleges require students to meet with their faculty advisors each semester, prior to the registration period for the upcoming semester. You may also wish to consult your advisor at other times if you have questions about your academic plan or career path.
Can I change my advisor?
Your advisor most likely teaches within the same or similar field of interest as your declared major, but you may request to change to a different advisor in the same department. Check with your department's main office or your college's Advising & Academic Services office to determine who handles advisor changes in your area.
How do I contact my advisor?
You can link to your advisor's contact information directly from his/her name in Graduation Planner, or you can use the UMD People Search to find phone numbers, office locations, and email addresses.
How do I schedule an appointment with my advisor?
You can contact your advisor by phone, by email, or by stopping by during office hours. During the 2-3 weeks prior to the registration queue each semester, many faculty advisors also post appointment sign-up sheets outside their offices.
What should I expect at an advising appointment?
Advising is teaching, and advisors are there for you as educators and consultants to help you set educational goals, create plans, and make your own decisions.
Your role as advisee:
- You are responsible for scheduling, preparing for, and keeping advising appointments
- Ask questions
- Bring a printed copy of your APAS report to advisor meetings or bring your laptop computer
- Know the requirements of the liberal education program
- Know the requirements of your degree program (major)
- Prepare a plan with Graduation Planner