All students within Letters and Sciences are assigned to an academic advisor who monitors their progress, helps them prepare for the future and serves as a campus resource. All students have mandatory advising required before they will be cleared to register for the upcoming semester. Students are required to meet with their assigned advisor between 2 to 3 times a semester depending on their class standing and status. To assist undecided students we include academic planning, as well as, career and major exploration as a requirement to be cleared for course registration.
The following topics are covered during the advising appointments:
- Academic Major Options
- Campus Resources
- Exploration Activity Option
- Co-curricular Activities
- Individual student concerns
- Possible courses for the next semester
- Registration blocks that will delay their ability to register on time
- Mid-semester grades
- Four Semester Plan
Letters and Sciences advisors will introduce students to resources within the department and all across campus to help them narrow down a major that works best for them. Students have until they reach 60 academic credits to declare a degree-granting major and leave Letters and Sciences. Students that are applying to one of the competitive Limited Enrollment Programs are strongly encouraged to declare an alternate major during the application process. Continue to the next section to begin your journey here at Maryland.