Academic advising focuses attention on making progress toward meeting UND's graduation requirements.
There's much more to this, but if you're not sure where to begin, we have professional advisors who are happy to answer questions. Prior to registering for classes, make an appointment with an academic advisor to discuss your course selection(s).
Schedule an Advising Appointment
Specialized academic advising is offered based on the type of advisement you need.
Prospective students should contact UND Admissions at 701.777.4463 to schedule an appointment with one of our advisors.
Advising Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Because getting the help and support you need is so important to your success at UND, every student is assigned an advisor who specializes in advising students, known as a “professional” or “academic” advisor. Departments also assign faculty advisors to their majors because they are specialists in that academic field. Faculty (another word for professors) advise students but also teach classes and engage in scholarship and service to the university.
If you have a second major, you will be assigned a professional and a faculty advisor in that major as well. In addition to a primary professional advisor and a faculty advisor, pre-health students who are not Biology majors will have a secondary professional advisor focused on pre-health programming.
Faculty advisors will be listed under a particular department’s web page as “faculty.” You can also tell by searching the online UND Faculty and Staff Directory. When you enter the advisor’s name, a professional advisor’s title will include “advisor” whereas a faculty advisor’s title will include “professor.” A few departments have faculty who also serve as the professional advisor for that area.
Any advisor is ready to help, but certain types of questions and issues may be better suited to either your professional or faculty advisor.
Professional advisors are experts in advising. They can help you with:
- Academic planning and registration
- UND technologies, processes, and policies
- Forms, petitions, permissions, approvals, and substitutions
- Dates and deadlines
- Anything that you need to get done quickly
- Academic probation
- Exploring different majors
- Changing majors
- Second majors, minor(s), and certificate(s)
- GPA, credit, and transcript questions
- Degree progress and graduation requirements
- Essential Studies requirements and appeals
- Campus support services
- Referrals to resources and offices
Faculty advisors are experts in their academic fields. They are mentors who can help you with:
- Ways to pursue your intellectual interests
- Selecting classes in your major
- Areas within the academic discipline (such as subfields, scholarly specializations, tracks)
- The department’s curriculum, timing or sequencing, and offerings
- Departmental roles and faculty backgrounds
- Faculty areas of interest and expertise
- Complementary coursework or credentials in other fields
- Specialized opportunities like research or internships
- Student groups or events
- Alumni networking
- Applications, recommendations, personal statements
- Graduate school
- Career planning and development
Use Starfish to schedule an appointment with your professional advisor, or call the College of Arts & Sciences Advising Office at 701.777.4974. If you click on the advisor’s name in the online Faculty and Staff Directory, the advisor’s contact and office information will be displayed. Most professional advisors in Arts & Sciences have offices in Columbia Hall.
You may not be able to use Starfish to schedule an appointment with your faculty advisor. Call the main office of the department to learn the professor’s office hours, or contact the professor directly. If you click on the faculty member’s name in the online Faculty and Staff Directory, the professor’s email and office phone as well as the department phone will be displayed along with the professor’s office, which will depend on the department’s location on campus.