Understanding Academic Advising

LSA Academic Advisors help you create a meaningful undergraduate experience. We will talk with you about classes and academic planning, but also about how your academic pursuits connect with your interests, personal experiences, and evolving career and life goals.  Advising will involve asking you questions and encouraging you to ask questions of yourself.  You will make your own choices, but we will be here to support you as you develop increasing independence and find exciting ways to enrich your life. We look forward to working with you!

Through working with LSA Advising you can learn: +

Through working with LSA Advising you can learn:

  • New ways of thinking about your liberal arts education
  • LSA degree requirements and how best to fulfill them
  • Strategies for choosing a major that interests you
  • How the LSA curriculum promotes problem-solving, critical analysis, quantitative reasoning, and writing skills and creates an excellent foundation for many professions
  • How to find and use resources and materials on campus, on-line, and in the community
  • Ways to reflect on, and see connections among, your intellectual, personal, ethical, and social experiences
  • How to make informed decisions and choices, and take responsibility for them
  • The value of asking questions, in and out of class
  • That it is wise to ask for assistance and support
  • How to handle the unexpected and use it as an opportunity to grow
  • The importance of getting to know faculty, advisors, and other college personnel
  • That advisors and students work in partnership and share responsibility for this relationship.


Your Advisor's Role in the Advising Partnership: +

  • Be accessible to you through individual advising appointments, walk-in advising, Advising Center events and programs, and email
  • Listen to your concerns and respect your individual values and choices
  • Provide accurate, timely, and useful information about the curriculum, resources, opportunities, requirements, policies, and procedures
  • Help you make connections among your experiences, both within and beyond the curriculum
  • Help you develop strategies that will enable you to be successful academically
  • Help you develop academic plansthat are consistent with your interests, abilities, goals, and values
  • Help you make decisions but not make decisions for you  
  • Advocate on behalf of student concerns within the College of LSA


Your Role in the Advising Partnership: +

  • Keep in contact with your advisor by scheduling one-on-one advising appointments, using walk-in advising, or via e-mail
  • View your advising discussions as an on-going conversation that will help you identify your options and align them with interests and abilities
  • Come to advising meetings prepared with ideas and questions
  • Consider possible academic plans so you can discuss, develop, and focus those plans with your academic advisor
  • Become familiar with UM policies, requirements, procedures, and resources
  • Initiate and sustain contact with faculty and other mentors on campus to increase your knowledge, discover or create opportunities, and build your confidence
  • Reflect on the connections between your curricular and co-curricular experiences
  • Learn from your experiences, and be open to changing your direction based on evolving interests, strengths, and goals
  • Take responsibility for your decisions