Academic advisors assist students as they become self-directed learners by teaching them to develop educational plans directed toward their academic, career, and personal aspirations.
Your academic advisor will help you:
- Choose a major
- Learn about degree programs and meet graduation requirements
- Select, add, and drop courses
- Understand NMSU policies, procedures, and deadlines
- Connect to resources that promote success in and out of the classroom
1. Take responsibility for your academic career
You are ultimately responsible for planning your academic program in compliance with university, college and departmental regulations. Our faculty and staff will provide you with the information you need to make good decisions.
2. Know your program and graduation requirements
- Keep the NMSU catalog that you received in New Student Registration until you graduate. Catalogs are also available online.
- Be familiar with the three main sections of your NMSU catalog.
- General information, requirements and regulations applicable to all students.
- College specific information and requirements.
- Course descriptions and prerequisites.
- Be familiar with information for upcoming semesters in the Student Registration Guide, especially important dates and deadlines.
- Adhere to the deadlines. Examples:
- Last day to add a course
- Last day to drop or withdraw from a course
- Deadline for applying for a degree
- Obtain appropriate signatures on your forms.
- Keep copies of university forms and documentation. Examples:
- Registration documents
- Advising degree plan
- STAR degree audits
- University correspondence
3. Regularly run your STAR Degree Audit
- At the conclusion of every semester.
- Anytime you change your enrollment (add/drop/withdraw from a course and/or major).
See the Registrar's site for for directions on how to run your STAR audit.
4. Know when to consult your advisor
If you have: concerns related to academic progress; a change in major/program; courses to be taken at another institution; withdrawal from courses, the college or the university.
5. Review and keep your contact information updated through myNMSU
6. Check your @nmsu.edu email address regularly
It is your official address for all NMSU communications. You should be able to readily identify and save emails relating to degree requirements, registration, employment opportunities and student organizations. You have the option to forward your @nmsu.edu email to your preferred address.