Preparing for Advising Appointment

Before Seeing Your Advisor

  • Set up an appointment with your advisor.  It is a good idea to meet with an advisor every semester and to schedule your appointment early in the semester.  
  • Review your Degree Progress Report (DPR), available through CaneLink. Your DPR outlines your progress toward degree completion.
  • Write down any questions and concerns that you have about your DPR. .
  • For a list of courses and their descriptions, please visit CaneLink
  • Review the University Bulletin. The Bulletin from the year you entered UM explains all of the University and departmental requirements for all degrees.

At Your Advising Session

  • Bring your DPR and your questions.
  • Establish a target graduation date in consultation with your advisor.
  • Work with your advisor to establish a program of study and an outline of the classes that you plan to take in the next 2 or 3 semesters.
  • Ask any and all additional questions that you might have. Your advisor can help you best when you explain your academic/career goals and concerns.
  • Keep notes from your advising meetings to remind you about what was discussed. 

Source: University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences (