How to Schedule an Advising Appointment

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- Types of Appointments and How to Schedule an Advising Appointment -

Have a quick question? See our walk-in Counselor On Duty (COD) These meetings are typically 5 – 15 minutes in length for quick questions. For more complex issues please set up a 30 minute appointment with your assigned professional or faculty advisor. The COD is available on a drop in basis most weekdays from 10am – 4pm and a few evenings from 4pm-6pm except during break periods in all locations.  Please see our Locations & Hours for the evening hours for each campus. No appointment is necessary.

1st Appointment – A meeting for our new advisees, in the first semester of attendance, typically scheduled within the first month of the semester to discuss the roles of advisors (faculty vs. professional academic), MaineStreet, the Core curriculum, Advising tools & resources, obtaining a Strengths code, and the value of creating a graduation plan. Not available during the Priority Registration period. Plan Ahead!

Academic Recovery – Students who are on academic probation are automatically put on an Academic Recovery Contract. Students are expected to schedule and keep 3 - 4 meetings per semester with their Academic Advisor. We have many resources as well as study strategies and opportunities available to enhance your academic success throughout your time here at USM.  We are here to help!

General – 30 minutes – This is a meeting with your assigned professional advisor to discuss quick questions, change of major or minor, prior approval forms, study abroad applications or strategize about study skills.  Not available during the Priority Registration period.

Priority Registration – 30 minutes – These meetings take place from March to the end of April and again from October until the end of November to to pick classes and put them in your Wishlist to be ready when it's your date to register for the upcoming semester.  Students can prepare a Wish List with classes they would like to take before the meeting.

  • Students with 53 or less completed credits meet with their professional advisor for this appointment.  All ndeclared and Conditionall Admitted students meet with their professional advisor.
  • Students with 54 or more completed credits meet with their faculty advisor for this appointment.  Not assigned?  Contact your major department and asked to be assigned. You may even be able to request a faculty member in your major.


How do you make an appointment with your Professional Advisor?

All of our professional advisors have a account where you can access our calendars 24/7. You can make your own appointment even when the office is closed!  Please put this appointment on YOUR calendar too so you will remember to show up.  See the People link on the left side of our page for contact info.

If you prefer, you may call our main Advising Desks in:
Portland – 780-4040  
Gorham – 780-4555
Lewiston – 780-4040


Appointments with Faculty Advisors

To make an appointment with your faculty advisor, please contact your major department for more information.