Academic Advising

Advising 101: Five Things to Know About Advising at UMBC

  1. Academic Advising at UMBC starts with an Orientation Advisor specifically trained to help you with securing a strategic course schedule to launch your academic career. Once you have made an informed decision about the choice of major, you will then have the opportunity to work with a faculty member and/or professional advisor affiliated with your chosen academic discipline.
  2. While one faculty member or professional advisor will provide registration clearance for you each semester, we encourage students to seek additional academic and career planning from various members of the UMBC academic and administrative community. High-Performing UMBC students gather information, recommendations and guidance from a host of faculty, advisors and administrators- keen to help them maximize the opportunities and resources available at UMBC.
  3. At UMBC we encourage students to actively pursue conversations and meetings with academic advisors, faculty and staff throughout the entire academic year. Advising sessions about registration are certainly important, yet on-going conversations and planning about graduate school, independent study, and/or gaining entry into a particular profession can (and should) take place at various times and in various formats (including email, telephone, etc.).
  4. Academic Advising is a shared partnership between students and advisors.
  5. Choosing interesting and strategic courses that help you graduate within a reasonable period of time is important when it comes to academic advising, yet planning for a career is also extremely important. Indeed, UMBC strongly advocates that students incorporate the resources which offices like Career Services, the Shriver Center and Office for International Education (Study Abroad) offer so that relevant transferable skills can be fostered.

Academic Advising should also advocate for meaningful experiential learning opportunities, including: