Group Advising

To better align with retention initiatives proposed by the Provost and Registrar Offices, the College of Business & Economic Development has adopted a group advising model, which is more of a round-table teaching session where the professional advising staff teaches students how to properly plan and forecast their progression toward graduation.

All students are required to attend a group advising session except for those who are applying for graduation in the upcoming semester.  Graduating students will need to print their graduation applications and make an individual appointment.

 

DON'T WANT TO ATTEND GROUP?  SELF-ADVISE!

Are you in Good Academic Standing? Is your GPA a 2.5 or above? Are you comfortable with planning your schedule? Have you gone through a group advising session at least once (not including orientation)?  Are you at least two semesters away from graduation? If you answered yes to all of these questions, then you may complete the self-advisement form.

Please note if you choose to self-advise, you are responsible for making your schedule. If you want your schedule to be checked, or have questions about making your schedule, please make a group advisement appointment.

 

NOT SELF-ADVISING?  HERE'S HOW YOU SIGN UP FOR GROUP!

All advising appointments (group, graduation, or probation/suspension) must be scheduled in person  in the Undergraduate Academic Services suite in Scianna Hall, 2035.

AT THE TIME YOU MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT, YOU MUST HAVE THE FOLLOWING COMPLETED AND READY TO TURN IN:

  • Printed Degree Progress Report (printed within the last month)
  • Completed Semester-by-Semester Guide for your specific major and catalog year (can be picked up in our office or by emailing your advisor)
  • Completed Proposed Schedule Sheet with a full schedule and nine hours of alternates. (can be picked up in our office or by emailing your advisor)

 

PROBATION, PROBATION CONTINUED, SUSPENSION, AND GPA BELOW 2.0

Anyone with an academic standing other than "Good," or with a GPA below 2.0 must schedule a follow-up advising appointment with his or her advisor (listed in SAOR) AFTER he or she has attended a group advising session.  The follow-up appointment is needed to take care of academic contracts and other remediation as necessary.

 

GRADUATING?

Students who are graduating in the current or upcoming semester must make an individual degree application appointment. These appointments are made at the main Undergraduate Academic Services Desk in Scianna Hall room 2035.  Graduating students must first print their graduation application in order to make a graduation appointment. Graduation appointments are made with your advisor (listed in SOAR).

Instructions: HOW TO PRINT YOUR GRADUATION APPLICATION

 

HOW EARLY SHOULD I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?

It will be to your advantage to sign up for a group advising session as early as possible so you can be among the first students to be advised. Being advised early allows you to be ready to register for classes as soon as SOAR opens for registration, so you are able to optimize your chances of creating your perfect schedule.

Your assigned advisor will communicate the start of the advising period via your "@usm.edu" e-mail account. It is your responsibility to check your e-mail often and read all the contents of the message so that you do not miss any important information. Notifications will also be communicated via the TV monitors that are positioned throughout Scianna Hall.

 

WHAT DATES ARE AVAILABLE?

The dates and times for group advising sessions are listed in our office, Scianna Hall 2035.

With three group sessions offered four times per week, we have a wide range of time slots and days to accommodate every schedule.  Students should be diligent to sign up early and not wait until the last minute.  No students should miss class because of any group advising sessions.

All group sessions begin promptly at their scheduled time.  Latecomers will be required to reschedule their appointment.

 

I HAVE PERSONAL QUESTIONS ABOUT MY GRADES AND CLASSES—CAN I STILL MAKE A PRIVATE APPOINTMENT?

YES!  Although all advising/course scheduling must be taken care of via the group advising sessions, students are encouraged to make private appointments for general questions or more private matters after they have attended an initial group session.

 

RESOURCES 


All group advising sessions will be held in the Undergraduate Academic Services suite in Scianna Hall, 2035.