The #1 Best Tip is to check (and read) your BearMail every day. Your advisor will send you information, invitations, and action items. Learn more about BearMail and the technology you need as a student.
The #2 Tip is to follow @unco_success on Instagram for tips, reminders, and *secrets* to college from the advisors and staff in Student Academic Success.
Types of Advising
UNC has several types of advising and success support based on your major and situation. You might even have more than one advisor!
Ready, Set Register for Next Semester
Your assigned advisor is trying to contact you! Check your BearMail every day and follow the instructions they send to schedule your registration support and advising sessions.
How to prepare for advising
Start with the steps for Ready, Set Register each semester. Take time to clear any Holds, look at Degree Works, write down questions, and identify a few classes to discuss with your advisor for your academic plan. If you are a new Bear, your first advising session will be at New Student Registration.
Every semester you need to:
- Reflect on your personal and academic values, skills, interests, and goals
- Schedule at least one appointment with your advisor and reach out when questions come up
- Prepare for advising sessions by checking Degree Works, your past plans, and writing down your questions to ask
- Complete any additional advising prep that your advisor sends you
- Read about the rules and requirements for your next degree milestones (registration deadlines, academic standing, graduation)
- Check BearMail for updates from your professors, advisor, Bear Central, and other university announcements
What to expect at advising
You should expect a conversation with someone from your college (major and minor) to chat about your academic plans, classes you need to consider, and your education goals. Advising might occur over multiple meetings, in-person or virtually, and in an individual or group setting.
Your advisor may want to discuss:
- How your current classes are going
- What courses you are interested in or nervous about taking
- Which campus resources, like Tutorial Services, you have used
- How your study habits or exam prep is going
- If you have plans for graduate school or other professional programs
- What GPA goals you have and how you can achieve them
- What questions you have about registration for the next semester
- How you are adjusting to campus
We want you to get the most out of your academic advising session and be Registration Ready each semester.
Find your college advising center
Some majors pair you with a faculty mentor/advisor. You can find your advisor's name and email in Ursa under your "Student Information" link. And when you feel lost, you can always start by contacting the advising center in your college.
Find a program mentor
Just a few more notes
As a graduate student (earning a Masters or PhD), you may follow different deadlines and policies from our undergraduate Bears. Make sure you bookmark your Graduate School Policies and Deadlines page and review the Graduate Catalog. Graduate students are considered full-time with 9 credit hours (undergrads are at 12) and generally complete thesis or dissertation projects as part of the graduation requirements. Stay in touch with your advisor for both academic planning and research support. Graduate students receive advising support from the graduate coordinator (Master's Students) or select a faculty member to serve as an advisor (Doctoral Students).
And consider volunteering with the Graduate Student Association to enhance student life and your experience as a Grad Bear.
As an international student studying at UNC, you will meet with your college's advisor for academic planning and our International Advisor through the Office of Global Engagement for support on cultural adjustment, immigration services, and more.
If you are an exchange student, you will need to work with both your home school and Office of Global Engagement
to ensure your courses align.
You will also visit if you are interested in education abroad! We have exchange agreements with 15 partner schools, options for shorter programs, and other opportunities like service learning abroad. Talk to the Office of Global Engagement advisor and staff to find the program that works for your experience.
As a student-athlete competing on NCAA teams, you will work closely with the Bob Heiny Student-Athlete Academic Success Center staff. You will need to meet with your academic advisor for the PIN and degree planning, and you will verify your schedule with your academic success coordinator before you can register.
You will also meet regularly for classroom support with your coordinator throughout the semester.