Academic Advising

Academic Advising at UM-Flint is based on a shared model that involves professional and faculty advisors. Depending on your major and your class standing, you will be advised at the Student Success Center and/or at your department. See "Find my Academic Advisor".

You should meet with your advisor(s) as often as you need to, at least once per semester and whenever anything changes in your plans.

Find my Academic Advisor

Depending on your major and your class standing, you may be advised by a professional advisor at the Student Success Center (SSC), professional advisors at your department, and/or by faculty advisors. Log in to the Student Information System ( to see the name of your assigned advisor.  To see a full list of all undergraduate advisors by major, click this link: List of Undergraduate Professional Advisors. If your assigned advisor works within the SSC, click the below box to schedule an appointment.

Schedule Appointment With An SSC Advisor

Why do I need to meet with an advisor

Faculty and professional advisors will help you to

  • Explore academic and career options
  • Declare a major
  • Develop your academic plan in Degree Works
  • Make a connection to your university
  • Learn about options to create the financial plan that best reflects your situation
  • Explore career plans and engagement opportunities
  • Consider solutions to any personal issues you need to address
  • Find a variety of resources you can use on and off campus
  • Establish a support network to achieve success
  • Stay on track to graduation
  • Make the best of your campus experience

Exploratory Students

If you have not decided what major you are interested in, you are not alone. This is a very important decision that you need to consider carefully. You need to explore your options and take your time to make a well-informed decision. The students who have not declared a major, those who are undecided between a few major options, or those who would like to change their major will be advised at the Student Success Center.

Reflect on your passion and strengths

Explore academic options

Explore career options

Declare your major

Reflect on your passion and strengths:

  • Complete a self-assessment to explore different options. Use one of these resources: Candid Career, Career Cruising (use “UofM” as your username and “flint” as your password), or What can I do with this major?

  • Review your interests, skills and potential occupations with the following resources: O*NET OnLineCareerOneStop and Occupational Outlook.
  • Reflect on your interests and passions. Think about this question: “What problems do you see in the world and how you see yourself as part of the solution”
  • Meet with your SSC advisor, who can aid in developing decision-making skills, building self-awareness, and identifying possible barriers to make a decision.
  • Attend a one-day College Success Retreat sponsored by Student Success Center

Explore academic options:

  • During New Student Orientation you chose a Meta-Major. All majors offered by UM-Flint are grouped into six broad categories of academic domains. Choosing a meta-major will help you narrow your options to related majors under one or two categories so you can start exploring related degrees and careers.

  • Meet with your SSC advisor and create a Personal Major Exploration Plan.

  • Review courses associated with your majors of interest and register for Introductory Course(s)

  • Meet with faculty members in your majors of interest. Your advisor will assist you to identify faculty members to contact and to prepare questions for them.

  • Meet with upper-class students in major interest areas. Your advisor will assist you to identify students to contact and to prepare questions for them.

  • Use the “What If” option in Degree Works to explore different scenarios to lead to graduation

Explore career options:

  • Prepare a draft of your resume. Use all the resources available to students.

  • Attend the workshop: “Major and Careers: How to Decide”

  • Attend a Career Fair. Check dates at the Career Center website.  

  • Meet with a Career Advisor

  • Participate in job shadowing or informational interviews

Declare your major: Log in to SIS ( => Student Services => Student Records => Change of Curriculum form

Meta Majors

Choosing a meta-major can help you narrow down your options to fewer, more manageable majors that you can explore in more detail. Meta-majors are broad categories to groups related majors together. Below you can see the six meta-majors that we have identified and the respective majors that fall under each of them.  See the requirements for each major on UM-Flint’s academic catalog.














AFA Africana Studies

POL Political Science

ANT Anthropology

PSY Psychology

Applied Psychology

PUB Public Administration

COM Communication

Research Psychology

CRJ Criminal Justice

SOC Sociology

ECN Economics

SOCS Social Studies TCP

HIS History

SSCI Social Sciences Joint Program

INDS Interdisciplinary Studies

URP Urban and Regional Planning


BSN Completion

MTP Clinical Laboratory Science/ Medical Technology

BSN General

NURP Pre-Nursing

HCAD Health Care Administration

PHS Public Health

HLSC Health Sciences

PRTT Pre-Radiation Therapy


Pre-Business, Operations and Supply Chain Management

Pre-Business, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management


Pre-Business, International Business

Pre-Business, Accounting


Pre-Business, General Business

Pre-Business, Finance


Pre- Business, Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

Pre-Business, Marketing



ARTD  Art and Design

MUSE Music Education

ARTE  Art Education

MUSP Music Performance

ARTH  Art History and Criticism

Music TCP

DAN   Dance

PHL   Philosophy

ENGS English- Linguistics Specialization

PHN  Philosophy of Neuroethics

ENGT English TCP

SPIS Spanish and International Studies

ENGW English-Writing Specialization

SPLI Spanish and Linguistics

ENSL English-Literature Specialization

SPN  Spanish

FAP Fine Arts Performance

SPNT Spanish TCP

FIA  Fine Arts

TDES Theater - Design & Technology

MUS  Music

THE Theatre


Visual Arts TCP


2+2 Engineering

BIOW Wildlife Biology

AMTH Actuarial Mathematics

CHM Chemistry

BIO Biology

CIS Computer Information Systems

BIOC Biochemistry

CSC Computer Science

Biochemistry Pre-Medical

EGR  Engineering

Biochemistry Pre-Pharmacy

ESS Env. Science & Sustainability

BIOH Human Biology

Human Biology Pre-Medical

Biology – Premedical

IST Integrated Science TCP

Biology – Pre-Veterinary

MEGN Mechanical Engineering

Biology Pre-dental

MTH Mathematics

BIOM Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Program

MTHT Mathematics TCP

PHY Physics



ECHD Early Childhood Education

Social Work (>55 credit hours)

Elementary Education

Social Work (up to 55 credit hours)

PEDU Pre-Education – elementary

Substance Use, Treatment & Intervention

I want to change my major

If you think you want to change your major or are planning to change your major, meet with your academic advisor or with the SSC advisor in charge of Exploratory Students.

How to Graduate on time?

  • Plan well

    • Meet with your Academic Advisor every fall and winter semester to update your academic plan in MyDegreePlan
    • Register for courses early so you can choose the schedules that best work for you
    • Check all required courses for pre-requisites
    • Complete approximately 30 credits per year (some degrees require more than 120 credits so this may vary)
    • Get a planner, an app, or any system to organize your entire semester in advance
  • Set clear goals
    • Choose a major that you are really interested in or have a passion for.
    • Meet with career counselors at the Career Center to explore career options and expectations
    • Talk with an academic advisor at the Student Success Center if you are unsure about your major or you want to explore options
    • Set your academic and career goals when you are ready.
    • Make sure to consult with your advisors to ensure you are taking the appropriate courses to avoid a waste in money, time, and effort.
  • Know your finances
    • Talk to your academic and financial advisors about options to pay for your studies.
    • Calculate the cost to complete all the requirements to graduate and explore options for funding.
    • Prepare a financial plan for each year and for the whole career
  • Focus on the courses you have each semester
    • Become familiar with the syllabi for each of the courses you are taking
    • Complete your assignments for every class; that will save you a lot of time before the exams
    • Work with tutoring services as needed to maintain your grades
    • Attend Supplemental Instruction whenever it’s available
  • Use your time well
    • Manage your time to allow for enough study time:  For every hour in class plan to spend 2 to 3 hours on study.
    • Plan time to prepare for course assignments as well as to have fun and to get involved in campus life

Why is going to class so important?

  • Skipping class is a big waste of money
  • Lectures and classes supplement reading assignments
  • In class-discussions enhance your critical thinking skills
  • Notes you take in class will help you understand reading assignments and be better prepared for exams.
  • Attending and taking notes will save on study time later
  • You can ask questions and learn from other students’ questions
  • You’ll be more prepared for upcoming work
  • Meet with your professor during office hours and get their advice on how to get the most from each class
  • You can meet other students who can help you study or find useful resources.