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ADVISEMENT PROCEDURE

Advising is required each semester within the School of Engineering. During the fourth week, a “Plan of Study Review” registration hold will be placed on your student account. Holds assure us you meet with your advisor to review progress on your academic plan, ensure you are within the degree requirements, provide a time to discuss additional opportunities that can enhance your academic career, and to provide students an opportunity to ask questions. Depending on the department, additional checkpoints (department orientation, graduation application holds) may be applied in order to monitor student success throughout your academic career. To find out how to view which holds are on your student account, visit UNM Student Info answer 6617 for more information. Advisement is made available to all UNM Engineering students. In general, here are some guidelines on where to direct your questions:

Advising photo 1ACADEMIC ADVISORS
• University policies and procedures 
• Navigate departmental policies and procedures 
• General education courses and requirements 
• Progress and graduation checks 
• Academic probation and petitions 
• Create program of study and academic plan 
• Changing majors 
• Connect with departmental opportunities and other resources 
• Transferring credits from other institutions 
• Education abroad, honors program and other opportunities 
• Course requirements of the major/minor 
• Prerequisite changes 
• Selecting and approving program electives

FACULTY ADVISORS 
• Assigned to students by department • Content level for course materials • Recommendations for options/tracks • Research opportunities and grad school planning • Career mentorship As a UNM Engineering student, you have many people to support you. Your advisor can help you make the most of your experience and are the very best source of current information on degree programs offered within the school.

ADVISOR’S RESPONSIBILITY TO STUDENTS
• Listen attentively to your questions and concerns
• Respect your unique interests and circumstances
• Help you to explore academic and extra-curricular options that support your personal career interests such as: 
• Internship opportunities 
• Student engagement
• Research opportunities
• Scholarship and funding opportunities
• Explain degree requirements 
• Clarify information about university regulations, policies, and procedures as appropriate
• Refer you to appropriate campus resources
• Teach you to learn and search out answers for yourself
• Assist you in gaining decision-making skills and assuming responsibility for your education

Advising photo 2STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY 
• Be prepared for your advising session by reviewing and bringing a copy of appropriate documents (LoboTrax, Transcripts, department advising form, etc.), making a list of questions and concerns and have a planned, tentative class schedule 
• Take responsibility of learning and complying with university requirements, policies and procedures 
• Communicate your interests, values, abilities and circumstances with your advisor 
• Take responsibility for achieving your success and accept the consequences of your choices – academic and personal 
• Keep up with your academic progress and maintain a personal advising file. Bring your file to each session and keep all documents until graduation 
• Meet with your advisor regularly and whenever you have questions or concerns

PREPARE FOR YOU ACADEMIC ADVISING APPOINTMENT 
• Like students, advisors experience busy times of the year. Schedule your appointment early enough so that you can meet with an advisor during a time that fits your schedule 
• Review appropriate documents, make a list of questions and concerns and write out a tentative class schedule 
• Arrive on time to your appointment! If you are unable to make your appointment, cancel your appointment through LoboAchieve and schedule another appointment, if necessary. 
• Take notes during your advising session so you can remember what you and your advisor spoke about 
• Advising sessions are meant for the student and advisor. Refrain from bringing your spouse, parent, friends or children as they can sometimes distract the parties from the purpose of the advising session. 
• Most importantly, be honest with your advisor. Advisors ultimate goal is to give you the tools you need to be successful and achieve your goals. This only can happen if you let your advisor know what works for you.