Advising

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Advisement Procedure

Academic advising is an integral part of UNM Engineering’s commitment to help students meet their academic and personal goals and is required each semester. When meeting the professional staff advisor in your department, you will review progress on your academic plan, ensure you are within the degree requirements, discuss additional opportunities that can enhance your academic career, and get answers to any questions you may have. Some departments may have additional checkpoints to assist in guiding your academic progress.

Advisement is available to all UNM Engineering students. In general, here are some guidelines to help you get the most out of your advisement experience and know where to direct questions:


  • Like students, advisors experience busy times of the year. Schedule your appointment early enough so 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 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. Your advisor's 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.


  • 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


  • Assigned to students by department

  • Content level for course materials

  • Recommendations for options/tracks

  • Research opportunities and grad school planning

  • Career mentorship


  • 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


  • Be prepared for your advising session by reviewing and bringing a copy of appropriate documents (LoboTrax, Transcripts, department advising form, etc.).

  • Make 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.

  • Meet with your advisor regularly and whenever you have questions or concerns