Student Success

Preparing for the Advising Appointment

While showing up to your advising appointment is a good start, you've got to do more. The more prepared you are, the more fruitful the experience will be. These tips will help you get the most out of your advising experience.

girl sitting on bed amongst papers At the beginning of your first semester you'll be assigned an academic advisor in your department. If you are Undeclared or part of the GO program, you'll be assigned an advisor from Applied Sciences, Engineering, Technology, Student Success, or the Lewiston/Auburn campus.

You should make your first appointment within the first three weeks of the semester.

The advising appointment is critical in building the relationship between you and your advisor. But like many things, the appointment is only successful if you come prepared.

Here's what you can expect to talk about with your advisor, whether this is your first meeting or your final meeting before graduation:

  • Your strengths

  • Development of skills

  • Your challenge areas

  • Career interests and exploration

  • Your background

  • Course selection & registration

  • Your priorities and obligations

  • Degree progression

  • Your expectations of education

  • Policies and procedures

  • Opportunities that will complement your educational goals

You should come prepared to discuss some of the following issues:

  • How you are doing in classes

  • How things are going in general with your USM experience

  • Your reasons for attending USM

  • Other things you have going on outside of academics (work, family, sports, involvement, etc.)

  • Your interests and goals

  • USM resources about which you are aware or others you may need

  • The advising relationship

  • General Education and major/minor requirements

  • Your academic goals for the semester and beyond

  • Questions you might have about your major, catalog, Degree Progress Report, etc.

  • Opportunities that might be helpful in pursuing your area of interest

  • Your department's procedure for advance registration

  • Your advisor's area of expertise

  • Developing your Graduation Planner