Advising Sessions

Advising is an important component of your academic experience and we recommend that you meet with an advisor at least twice a year.

If you have not yet declared a major or if your major is in the College of Arts and Science (CAS), you will meet with an advisor in the Arts and Science Advising Office. In addition, once you have declared a major, you will be assigned a faculty advisor in that major.

An advisor may recommend that you consult with more than one person or office to have all your questions answered accurately. For example, if you want to study abroad, an advisor will encourage you to speak with the director of Miami's International Education Office. This collaborative approach assures that you will receive the best possible guidance as you complete your degree requirements.

Preparing for an Advising Session

After you make an appointment, make preparations to ensure that you will get the most from your advising session. The key to successful academic advising relies partly upon your initiative. The more questions you ask, the better informed your decisions will be.

To prepare for an advising appointment, you should:

  • Give thoughtful consideration to your academic and career goals.
  • Make a list of questions for your advisor.
  • Review your DARS (Degree Audit Report System) and degree requirements.
  • Compose a tentative, written schedule (if registering for courses).
  • Be familiar with the academic calendar, including registration dates and drop-add deadlines.
  • Accept responsibility for academic choices.
  • Save copies of academic documents such as petitions, transfer credit evaluations and course schedules.