Advising Center

Step by Step, Year by Year

First Year

Attend Convocation activities as a first step in becoming a part of the UMass Lowell community. StudentCircle

Identify your faculty advisor and his/her office location, phone number, e-mail address and office hours. 

Within the first month, make an appointment with your faculty advisor to introduce yourself and discuss your current and future academic and career goals.

Become familiar with the General Education requirements for your major and which courses fulfill these requirements, including the diversity and ethics.

Become familiar with all the requirements within your major: professional courses, general education courses, and free electives. 

Learn all the requirements within your major: professional courses, general education courses, and free electives.

Identify key academic and social resources available on campus to assist you toward academic success. It is also critical to learn about the Office of Disability Services, Counseling Services, Student Activities, Health Services, the Career Services & Cooperative Education Center and Multicultural Affairs.

Learn where to find the academic rules and regulations of UMass Lowell. Review them and abide by them.

Identify where the Centers for Learning and Academic Support Services resources are on campus and schedule them into your regular day.  

CLASSStudentsVisit the UMass Lowell Honors Program in Southwick 320 to understand the academic opportunities available to you through this program.

Visit the Centers for Learning on north or south campus and schedule an appointment for a Time Management and Study Strategies Workshop.

By the end of their first year, students should know and utilize academic tools available to them, such as the Advisement Report and their iSiS record. 

Second Year

Create an academic plan that integrates experiential learning such as a practicum, internship and/or Study Abroad.

Develop strategies to expand your educational experience to include a minor, double major, summer experiences, research projects, service learning or campus leaderships.
If you are an ‘undeclared’ in any college, make an appointment with an advisor to investigate the requirements of the major of interest. If you are undeclared, learn how to run a ‘what-if’ on your advisement report so you are aware of curriculum in that major.

Start thinking of the connections between your education and a possible career. Discuss these with faculty and the Career Services & Cooperative Education Center.   

Continue to maintain consistent contact with your Academic Advisor.

Third Year

Begin thinking about Graduate School opportunities and meet with an appropriate advisor on campus to find out about entrance requirements and exams.

Strongly consider a Plus-1 Graduate Program offered at UMass Lowell to see if it is appropriate for you. Talk to a Graduate Coordinator to understand Graduate Admissions requirements.

Approach faculty for letters of recommendation for graduate school and/or job opportunities.

Speak with professors to explore Undergraduate Research Opportunities on campus.

Review your degree progress with your Academic Advisor to make sure you are on track for graduation.

Fourth Year

Apply for graduation by meeting with your faculty advisor to file your Declaration of Intent to Graduate Form.

Review your official Advisement Report in iSiS to make sure you are taking the courses needed to graduate.

Maintain consistent contact with your faculty advisor to discuss post graduation plans.  If appropriate meet with specialized advisor (pre-med, pre-law) to finalize plans for graduate study.

CommencementMeet with faculty members and others to secure letters of recommendation.

If you can, take a class you have always wanted to take.

Attend Commencement activities to celebrate your success at UMass Lowell.