Academic advising will help you make informed decisions, feel confident about your plans, make the most of your education, and complete your degree as efficiently as possible. On the College of Management (COM) Undergraduate Academic Advising Online site you will find information about getting started as a New COM Student, Steps to Completing Your Degree, Successful Registration, and information specific to the COM Majors and Minors. You will also find Advising Information for Faculty, Staff and Students that includes links to professional organizations, resources, services, forms, and handouts.
We encourage you to use the web site as a primary resource to get your questions answered and find the information you need about your requirements. The university's search function, located in the top red header, can be helpful in finding specific information.
If you have not yet been admitted to Metropolitan State University and want to discuss a College of Management program, contact the Admissions Office to meet with a Metropolitan State Admissions Counselor. Admissions Counselors can help you decide which program is right for you, discuss how your previous coursework will transfer, and provide assistance with the admissions process.
Academic advising is designed to provide you with the information and the support that you need to make informed plans and decisions about your program and to achieve your educational goals. You are always in charge of your education — you make the decisions. Academic advisors can help you learn what you need to know; sort out your questions; think through your options; identify opportunities and shortcuts; avoid problems; and make your program right for you. Just as you might look to a lawyer for advice on a legal problem, or to a financial advisor for help with investment plans, think about an academic advisor as your consultant for your educational planning.
Make the Most of Your Advisor on page T-24 of the College of Management Student Handbook, a handy guide that outlines what you can expect from your advisor, and what your advisor will expect from you. Both the advisor and the student have responsibilities to make this an effective advising partnership. If you can't find the information you need on the advising web site, you should contact your advisor to get help with your questions or concerns. Don’t wait until you are having academic difficulty. You are encouraged to plan ahead, especially before the registration period when advisors are very busy. Communicate with your advisor regularly, and follow his or her recommendations.
Newly admitted College of Management (COM) undergraduate students are assigned to work with a "pre-major advisor" before they declare their major. Pre-major advisors are full-time professional advisors in the College of Management, and are available to assist students in getting oriented to COM and in registering for a required Program Information Meeting (PIM). After reviewing the New COM Student Information, you can contact your pre-major advisor with any questions you have about getting started or choosing your major.
The College of Management Program Information Meeting (PIM) is a required orientation for all new COM undergraduate students. Completing the COM PIM is one of the first things every new COM student needs to do before registering for courses. The PIM is in addition to the New Student Orientation required by the University for new students. You will learn more about the PIM and the necessary steps to begin your program by visiting the New COM Student Information.
Officially declare your major after completing a PIM. Your application to the university is not your official major declaration. You will have the opportunity to fill out the official major declaration form after you have completed the COM Program Information Meeting. When you declare your major, you “lock in” the requirements for your major. After your major declaration has been processed, you will receive in the mail a signed copy of the major declaration form and major checklist, an updated GELS worksheet, a "Degree Completion Estimate" form, and a letter with the name and contact information of your newly assigned permanent advisor.
Getting an assigned advisor
College of Management students are assigned to either a faculty advisor or professional advisor once they officially declare a COM major. If you prefer a faculty advisor or a professional advisor, you may request this on your major declaration form. Likewise, you may also request a specific advisor; if that advisor is available we will accommodate your request.
Faculty advisors are the experts in their academic disciplines. They know the major courses in depth, and have information about careers in their specific field. Because faculty also teach courses and have other responsibilities, they are limited to advising fewer than 45 graduate and undergraduate students. Faculty are also off-contract and not usually available during the summer and other break periods.
Professional advisors are full-time academic advisors — their only job is to provide academic advising for undergraduate students. Professional advisors are generalists who can work with students in any COM major, and who are very well informed about the services, systems, policies, and procedures at Metropolitan State. Professional advisors are available year-around. Professional advisors may have 300 or more students assigned to them, and are typically very busy during peak registration periods.
Working with your advisor
You are not required to see your advisor or discuss your registration with your advisor each term, however, your assigned advisor is available to work with you as you plan and complete your COM program. After completing a PIM and declaring your major, you should have most of the tools and resources you need to understand your major and GELS requirements, plan your course sequence, prepare for registration, and track your own progress. However, your advisor should be your first contact when you need clarification on a policy or requirement, want to discuss your degree options, or need guidance in a challenging situation. Make the Most of Your Advisor (page T-24 of College of Management Student Handbook) offers helpful guidelines on what to expect from an advisor and what your advisor expects of you.
Once assigned to a permanent advisor, you may work with that advisor as long as you and your advisor are both at Metropolitan State. If you prefer to work with another advisor, you can contact the COM Advising Center to request change of advisors.
Planning for graduation: It is a good idea to contact your advisor about one year before you plan to graduate to make sure that you know exactly what you need to complete your degree. You also must contact your advisor at the beginning of the term you expect to graduate so that your advisor can certify that you will meet all of your requirements and can recommend you for graduation.
For more information contact Advising Center at 612-659-7269.