LSA Advising

Your LSA academic advisor will be a primary resource for you from the time you meet at orientation to the time you graduate. He or she will keep in contact with you through individual appointments and regular e-mail messages. Your advisor can get to know you better if you share some things about yourself, such as academic interests, career aspirations, learning and study strengths and weaknesses, and relevant personal issues. You can begin by completing the online Academic Planning and Interest Survey.

You and your advisor will work to create a plan that will allow you to discover and pursue your academic interests. Through this process you will be able to decide on the concentration best fitted to your skills, interests, and future goals. Your advisor can give you tips on how to manage the demands of a large university and make use of campus resources. If you experience academic difficulty, your advisor can explore available options with you.

Meet with your advisor to:

  • Plan your schedule of classes
  • Understand LSA degree requirements for graduation.
  • Become familiar with college policies and procedures.
  • Explore concentration options and career interests.
  • Discuss academic problems or personal concerns.
  • Find out about useful campus resources
  • Learn to improve study and time management skills.
  • Explore options at the first sign of any difficulties—academic or otherwise.

LSA Advising Services

  • Individual advising appointments. Call 764-0332 to schedule an appointment to see an advisor.
  • Residence Hall Advising. Check at the front desk of your residence hall to find out when advisors and peer advisors hold office hours there.
  • Walk-in Advising. Check with your advisor to find out when the Advising Center is offering “no appointment necessary” walk-in advising.
  • Quick Question Advising. Stop by the Advising Center during regular business hours to get the answer to your “quick
  • E-mail Advising. E-mail your advisor at any time with questions or concerns.
  • Concentration Advising. As you explore concentrations, meet with the advisors in the departments that interest you. You can schedule these appointments through the department

Peer Advisors

Welcome to the University of Michigan! We can confidently say that you are about to enter a new phase of your life where you will learn more about yourself and your place in the world than you probably ever imagined. Have you ever thought about what it would be like to read a couple hundred pages a week in a textbook? Where are good places to go on a Friday? What is the professor for Econ 101 really like? Is it actually possible to pull off a fifteen page essay in one night? Or maybe what it is like to have new opportunities about a subject open up before your eyes? Do these thoughts get you excited? Nervous? Maybe a little scared? Well, as part of orientation you have a GREAT resource right at your fingertips. We’re called academic peer advisors and we’re here to provide just a little more help. Not that the academic advisors aren’t great resources, they are! But, as current students we know what it is like to be in your shoes. Ask us questions about classes: which ones are good to take, which ones are fun, who is a good professor to take, etc. We are also a great resource for any questions you have about campus life, but are afraid to ask (don’t worry, we won’t tell your parents!). We’re here to make your transition to this university as smooth as possible… and remember, we’re going through much of the same things that you are. Good luck and enjoy your years here at UM! We look forward to meeting you at orientation.

Residence Hall Advising

Living in close proximity to anywhere from 75 to 1,350 other students, and even just sharing a room with one other person can bring their own set of challenges to productive and effective studying. Adaptability and flexibility are key to making a successful transition to college life in many ways, and study habits are no exception. Whether you find that you work best alone or in a group, in absolute quiet or with lots of background noise, putting in the effort to find out what environment works best for you and then finding the times and places that provide this will be rewarded many times over. All of the reshalls have lounges and computer facilities, but you should definitely consider also going further afield.

As for advising, there are many resources right in your reshall to assist you all year long. Each reshall has an LSA advisor who has weekly office hours there. These are on a walk-in basis, so you should feel free to stop by whenever you have a question or concern, or would like some help in working out an academic plan. There will also be an Academic Peer Advisor (APA), who is an experienced student who has been trained to answer questions related to academics in the college. You should also be on the lookout for special programs and workshops organized by your reshall advisor and APA, sometimes in collaboration with other reshall staff, e.g. Resident Assistant (RA) and Minority Peer Advisor (MPA), or in concert with a living learning community in the hall, e.g. MCSP (Michigan Community Scholars Program) in Couzens, LHSP (Lloyd Hall Scholars Program) and HSSP (Health Science Scholars Program) in Lloyd, and WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) in Mosher Jordan. Topics can range from study skills and time and stress management to internships and study abroad to resume writing. Some reshalls also have an Engineering Academic Peer Advisor. Be sure to find out who and where the advising resources in your hall are.





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