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About Us


The Academic Advising Center, located on the first floor of the Foster Administration Building (Room 122) is open year-round. It offers academic advice and referral to students from all majors. The Center is staffed by full-time advisors, faculty members, and peers who encourage you to stop by for assistance.

The Academic Advising Center serves as the advisor for all Arts & Sciences Undeclared majors, Liberal Art majors (up to 45 credits), and all first and second year Business majors--as well as students in transition.

We believe students adjust better to academic life and make better academic and career decisions through regular conferences with their advisors. If you don't have a designated faculty advisor, come to us. We'll direct you to the department that has the right advisor for you.

Each college has an academic advising network for its students, and the campus-wide Academic Advising Center serves students in transition. In general, students who have declared a major will be assigned an advisor within that major.

Students should consult with their advisors about course scheduling, registration procedures, grading practices, and other academic problems and concerns.

Mission Statement

Our academic advising policy statement may help you further understand our role in student life. The functions of academic advising at UMass Dartmouth include:

  • Assisting students in self-understanding and self-acceptance (value clarification, understanding abilities, interest and limitations).
  • Assisting students in their consideration of life goals by relating interest skills, abilities, and values to careers, the world of work, and the nature and purpose of higher education.
  • Assisting students in developing an educational plan consistent with life goals and objectives (alternative course action, alternate career considerations, and selections of courses).
  • Assisting students in developing decision-making skills.
  • Providing accurate information about institutional policies, procedures, resources, and programs.
  • Making referrals to other institutional or community support services.
  • Assisting students in evaluation or reevaluation of progress toward established goals and educational plans.
  • Providing information about students to the institution, college, and/or academic departments.
  • Facilitating the students' successful attainment of educational and career goals.
  • Facilitating the students' achievement of GPAs consistent with their abilities.
  • Making students aware of the wide range of services and educational opportunities that may be pertinent to their educational objectives.
  • Assisting students in exploring the possible short-and-long range consequences of their choices.
  • Assisting students in choosing educational and career objectives commensurate with their interest and abilities.

-- adapted from the National Academic Advising Association