Academic Advising

The relationship you build with your Professional Advisor begins when you enter USM. You'll meet with one of our advisors for a 90 minute one-on-one Advising and Course Selection meeting. They will help you navigate MaineStreet, services available throughout USM, answer your specific questions and help you sign-up for your courses.

The relationship you build with your Professional Advisor can be key to reaching many of your goals and overcoming many challenges. Undeclared and GO/Conditionally Admitted students are assigned Professional Academic Advisors, but any student wanting advice and assistance is welcome. Get connected to on and off - campus resources, explore options for academic majors, and learn about opportunities to enhance your classroom experiences. Use our online Advising Network for an advising timeline, learning modules and forms most often used by students and academic advisors.

Early Career Advising

Professional Academic Advisors can offer advice on how to begin creating a career path or to strengthen your marketability for a career already chosen. Make an appointment to determine the best course of action FOR YOU!

The plan may include:

  • Using an online tool such as CHOICES, O*NET, or the Occupational Outlook Handbook

  • Learning about your Strengths and how to use them academically, socially, and professionally.

Study Skill Support

Strengthen your skills and strategies for academic success by working with a Professional Advisor. You can also download materials about effective academic strategies from our website to use on your own time and at your own pace.

Topics include:

  • Improving time management

  • Reading college textbooks effectively

  • Learning to take better notes on course material both inside and outside of the classroom

Navigating USM

Not sure what office or person to speak with? We can help! The staff in Advising will connect you personally to the person or department that is most appropriate for your needs and concerns.

Contact Us

An advisor can be found at any one of the three Advising offices. Need more info? E-mail: or click here to meet the Advising staff.