School of Business

Advising

The academic well being of our students is at the heart of advising in the School of Business. Caring faculty, staff, community members, and student peers partner together with each student to discover the relationship between his or her academic studies and educational, career, and life goals.

Students may be assigned to a faculty advisor or to a professional advisor. A student may find his advisor's name on MaineStreet, the student information system. Academic advisors, both faculty and professional, help students:

  • engage more fully with their academic experience,
  • create a path toward a degree,
  • use responsible academic and life self-management skills,
  • understand and articulate the relationship among the student's skills and abilities, what the student is studying, and the student's career and life goals,
  • be able to balance life commitments with academic demands and,
  • understand a global perspective and value diversity.

Students meet with their advisors by appointment at least twice a year to prepare for registration and to measure progress through the degree, and otherwise as needed on a variety of topics. Advisors can also provide information on policies, events, internships, and direct students to resources and opportunities outside of the school. It is ultimately a student's responsibility to know degree requirements as defined in the USM catalog, but advisors can provide clarification, respond to questions and refer a student to the appropriate campus resources for further assistance when needed.

Making an appointment with your faculty advisor:

  • Call or email your faculty advisor to request an appointment.
  • November and April are very busy times for advising so you should call 1-3 weeks in advance for an appointment.
  • Students typically register for spring in November, and for fall and summer in April.
  • Late September and early October and late February and early March are good times to make longer appointments to plan out your entire academic career or to discuss interests, majors, and careers.
  • Remember to keep your appointment! Re-scheduling appointments during peak registration can be very difficult. If you will not be able to make it to your appointment, call your faculty advisor to cancel and reschedule.

Making an appointment with your professional advisor:

  • Call (207) 780-4020 and ask to set up an appointment with your professional advisor.
  • November and April are very busy times for advising so you should call 1-3 weeks in advance for an appointment.
  • Students typically register for spring in November, for summer in March, and for fall in April.
  • Late September and early October and late February and early March are good times to make longer appointments to plan out your entire academic career or to discuss interests, majors, and careers.
  • Prospective students typically meet with the professional advisors.
  • Remember to keep your appointment! Re-scheduling appointments during peak registration can be very difficult. If you will not be able to make it to your appointment, call the School of Business office at (207) 780-4020 to cancel or reschedule.

Preparing for an appointment, if you are a current USM student:

  • Create a list of the questions you wish to go over with your academic advisor.
  • Students graduate under the requirements listed in the catalog in effect when they matriculate. Students have the right to select any more current catalog while they are matriculated, and must select a more current catalog if their original matriculation date was more than 10 years ago. Review the requirements in your USM catalog or review your student record sheet. If you have lost your copy of your student record sheet, another copy can be obtained at 113 Luther Bonney Hall with proper ID.
  • Click here for the archived and current USM catalogs. If you have questions about your major, minor, or concentrations, look over requirements in your USM catalog.
  • If your appointment is for registration purposes, have a tentative schedule of possible classes ready to be discussed. Check to see if you have met proficiencies and course prerequisites.

Preparing for an appointment, if you are a prospective student:

  • Bring a copy of your transcript showing any college course work you have completed to date.
  • Browse the School of Business website to become familiar with its programs and policies.
  • Students graduate under the requirements listed in the catalog that is in effect when they become matriculated.
  • Follow this link to access the current USM catalog.

Graduate Advising:

Graduate students are advised by Alice Cash. Call the School of Business office at (207) 780-4020 to set an appointment.