Advising is an on-going and multi-faceted process that focuses on the development needs of the student. While the advisor serves as a facilitator for communication and planning related to academic progress, it is the student who bears ultimate responsibility for monitoring progress towards graduation.
Who is my advisor?
At St. Mary’s, we value Faculty Advising of students. Through this relationship, students and their Faculty Advisor work through the various aspects of the student’s college career, including academic challenges, course scheduling, internships, and graduate school possibilities. Students are assigned an advisor several weeks before the beginning of their first semester on campus. They can find the name of their advisor by logging into their SMCM Portal account and then selecting the “My Academics” tab. Next, they should click on “View Unofficial Transcript”, which can be found on the right-hand side of the screen.
When to meet with your advisor?
Students should schedule an appointment with their faculty advisor during orientation or within the first two weeks of classes. They can bring any questions or concerns that they may have to this meeting. After the initial meeting, students are required to meet with their advisor at least once per semester, for pre-registration advising. However, for best results, we encourage more frequent contact. Many students see their advisors multiple times, either to ask questions or just to keep in touch.
Any student is also welcome to meet with an advisor in the Office of Student Support Services. Please call x4388 to make an appointment, or drop by the office in Glendening Hall, Suite 230.
To initiate a change of advisor, the student should identify and ask the faculty member to serve as their new advisor. Then, the new advisor must e-mail the request to email@example.com, providing the student’s full name and ID number.
Students who would like a new advisor, but do not have a specific professor in mind, should contact the Office of Student Support Services to be matched with a suitable professor.
The deadline for requesting a change of advisor for Advising Day is by 4 pm one week before Advising Day
Creating a mock schedule for your advising appointment
Having a visual schedule for what you want to take in the coming semester will benefit you and your advisor in making your plan easy to track. Here are two resources for making your draft schedule:
To seek advising for pre-engineering, pre-law, or careers in health care visit the Pre-Professional Website
Advising for Master’s of Art in Teaching Degree
Preparation for admission to the MAT program, and for eventual teaching certification, can be complex. Students who are contemplating teaching as a career are encouraged to consult the Educational Studies department’s website, and to meet with a member of the Educational Studies faculty, in addition to their regular advisor, to ensure that they are on track to satisfy college and state requirements.
Please contact the Department of Educational Studies for information about teacher preparation and the MAT program.