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Swenson College advisors can answer your questions from orientation to graduation.

Academic Advising

Advising is an important part of academic success. It allows you to build a relationship with an advisor and get answers to your questions about courses, majors, minors, careers, internships, study abroad programs, student activities, and anything else you may need to know. 

Students engage with faculty through classroom lecture, active learning, laboratory classes and research.

Learning also takes place by keeping current with changes in degree programs and meeting with advisors prior to course registration.

Each Swenson College student is assigned a faculty member in the discipline of their interest or a professional advisor in the advising office. Assigned advisors are found in the MyU portal under the Academics tab and also at the top of a student's APAS report (Academic Progress Audit System). 

While faculty and professional advisors assist students, ultimately students are responsible for their own progress through their degree. Students should track academic progress by reviewing their APAS report before and after course registration each term. 

Student's Role:

  • Learn about Academic Right and Responsibilities.
  • Be responsible for scheduling, preparing for, and keeping advising appointments.

  • Meet with your advisor each term toplan your course schedule for the next term and to review your degree requirements.

  • Seek out information to understand degree and program (major and minor) requirements.

  • Take final responsibility for making your own educational decisions.

Advisor's Role:

  • Help you clarify your educational values and goals.

  • Guide you toward an academic program in which you can be successful.

  • Share campus resources that support your academic and personal success.

Get to know:

The UMD Academic Catalog contains information about academic programs, degree requirements, course descriptions and policies. The catalog is an academic planning tool. It is the responsibility of every student to be familiar with the information in the catalog and about catalog year policy.

The first term enrolled at UMD determines the student’s “Bulletin Year.” The Bulletin Year defines the set of requirements for a student’s major or minor listed in the UMD Catalog.

  • View program requirements for specific years by using the archived majors/minors search tool.
  • Students may update their Bulletin Year by submitting an APAS Amendment request to follow the current program requirements.