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
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
- Explore options at the first sign of any difficulties—academic
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
- 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
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.