As the parent of a new college student, you are probably wondering where you fit in.
While you should not expect the same level of involvement that you may have had when
your student attended high school, there is certainly room for parents in higher education.
You can stay connected with your student and ask about classes, activities on-campus,
decisions about a major . . . or just ask them how things are going and let them fill
in the blanks. Be sure to visit the UMParent site for valuable updates.
Freshmen meet with their academic advisor for the first time at New Student Orientation. The
first advising appointment is a chance to meet the advisor and get acquainted. In
addition, freshmen will plan for the first semester of classes during this meeting. To
get prepared for academic advising at New Student Orientation, the new freshman should complete and submit Preparation for Academic Advising. Students who are admitted as freshmen for the Spring or Summer semester will meet
one on one with an academic advisor.
Future meetings with the academic advisor will help the freshman student clarify academic,
career, and personal goals. The relationship with the academic advisor is enhanced
by the active participation of the student. Read more about student and advisor responsibilities in academic advising.