What We Offer
Academic Advising is an essential part of your UNM journey. We are here to make sure you are achieving your goals in a timeline that works for you. We connect you with resources and opportunities across campus so you can maximize your experience at UNM. We offer:
Advisement workshops during critical milestones in your undergraduate UNM journey
Student support seminars for both incoming students and those who find themselves having difficulty balancing the multiple demands of college and life
Student Success Access Grant for students who are struggling financially to either pay for their education, or are lacking tools for success due to financial constraints
We do not require many visits from you, as we believe that your relationship with your advisor should be defined by you. This includes frequency of visits (although we suggest at least once a semester so you can learn more about your options at UNM and build a relationship with your advisor) and topics discussed in advisement sessions.
Your Academic Advisor Can Help You...
- Make a plan for your undergraduate education and beyond
- Figure out which classes to take next
- Utilize research or departmental opportunities in your degree plan
- Help you determine what UNM scholarships you qualify for
- Balance the different requirements of a UNM degree so you can graduate in a timeline that works for you
- Understand the purpose of your degree and how it will fit into your overall career
- Connect you with on-campus resources to discover, explore, and land your dream career
- Guide you when you are unsure of your next step
Role of an Advisor
Responsibilities of a Student
We are here for you in person, or virtually via videoconference or phone.
All advisors offer appointment times Monday through Friday. These are typically 30 minutes in length but on occasion we may suggest a full hour appointment.
You may want to consider a full hour (two 30-minute slots) for initial transfer student appointments (scheduled in the months prior to your first semester), initial academic probation appointments, and upon returning from academic suspension.
We encourage you to meet with your advisor regularly so they may get to know you and provide you with information on relevant opportunities for your academic and career goals. The more we know you the better we can serve you!
At critical transition points in your academic career, we offer advisement workshops, intended to ensure that you are equipped with specific information needed to move forward while getting the most out of your college experience.
We believe this information is so important in achieving your degree that we attach an advisement hold to the workshop. You cannot register for classes until you have resolved the hold by attending the associated workshop.
- Before Your First Semester: New or Transfer Student Orientation
Introduce students to UNM academic expectations, policies, and procedures. Teach students how to use UNM technology for registration and communication.
- First Semester: New Student Learning Workshop
Assist students in identifying academic resources, recognizing and scheduling departmental admission requirements for the following year. Teach students to utilize the degree audit and course planner.
- Upon Major Declaration (typically end of fourth semester):Department Orientation
Integrate students into the department after they have formally applied for admission into their major. Explain nuances of degree completion. Offer options to enhance student experience including but not limited to research, internship, and scholarship oppportunities.
- Anticipated graduation date in 3 semesters (typically beginning of sixth semester): Graduation Planning Workshop
For students who have completed 75 or more credit hours and who anticipate graduating within the next 3 semesters. Teach students to analyze outstanding degree requirements via degree audit. Plan coursework to meet both specific and general requirements. Project intended graduation date and apply for graduation!
We offer small classes to help Arts & Sciences undergraduates acclimate to balancing school and other life obligations. These are offered to incoming first-years in the fall semester, and in fall and spring semesters for continuing students who have found themselves struggling academically for whatever reason.
Fostering Scholarly/Scientific Minds (First-Year course) description:
This course is designed specifically for students who are considering a major or minor within the College of Arts and Sciences. It is co-taught by both Academic Advisors and graduate instructors, offering students multiple perspectives and experiences on student success and support. This is a collaborative and nurturing class environment where students can understand and develop their transitional skills, learn to better navigate the university experience, explore their individual strengths, goals, and identity, and learn how to approach future opportunities in undergraduate research.
Student Success in A&S (Continuing Student course) description:
You can register for these courses under ARSC 198. Make sure you select the correct course - either Fostering Scholarly/Scientific Minds (first-year students) OR Student Success in A&S (continuing students).