Advising Frequently Asked Questions

Enrollment information

Advising information

  • I am a new student. Do I need to see an advisor?

    Yes!

    All incoming liberal arts freshmen students are required to meet with a College of Liberal Arts college advisor before starting their first semester. For freshmen beginning in a fall semester, this meeting typically takes place during your new student orientation session in the summer. (Note: “freshmen” includes all students that have just completed high school, even if bringing in any amount of transfer credit). Students entering the University at other times of year should contact the College of Liberal Arts Student Center at (775) 682-8745 to schedule an advising appointment.

    All incoming transfer students are required to meet with a College of Liberal Arts college advisor prior to registering in their first semester of classes. Students admitted for fall semester should seek advising beginning in early March and spring admits should seek advising in early October. After you have activated your MyNevada account and accepted your admission to the University of Nevada, Reno, contact the College of Liberal Arts Student Center at (775) 682-8745 to schedule an appointment.

    As of January 1, 2020, current students at the University changing into liberal arts from another major must meet with a college advisor in the Student Center to formally change their major.

  • Who is my academic advisor?

    Liberal arts students have multiple advising contacts. Students have faculty advisor(s) for both their major and minor areas of study and also have access to college advisors in the Student Center.

    Faculty advisors can help with selecting specific classes to fulfill major or minor requirements, questions about course substitutions in a major/minor program, graduate and professional school planning and exploring internships and career opportunities.

    College advisors in the Student Center can help with new or returning student advising, questions with core curriculum, foreign language, or breadth requirements, probation and dismissal students, pre-graduation evaluations, or if a faculty advisor is not available (especially during winter or summer).

  • How can I contact my academic advisor?

    Faculty advisor contact information can be found on our advisor contact list.

    College advisors work out of the College of Liberal Arts Student Center, located in the Thompson Building, Room 101. Our office can be reached at (775) 682-8745.

  • I am on academic probation or dismissal. Do I need to see an advisor?

    Yes! Students on academic probation or dismissal are required to meet with a College of Liberal Arts college advisor prior to semester registration or return. Contact the College of Liberal Arts Student Center at (775) 682-8745 to schedule an appointment.

  • How do I access my Academic Advising Report (AAR)?

    Students can access their Academic Advising Report (AAR) via MyNevada from the Student Center – Classic View tile. Under the academics section of your student center dashboard, choose “academic requirements” from the dropdown box. Your AAR contains all the requirements you need to graduate, so it is important to review this report with an advisor as you plan future courses.

  • I’ve heard about the “What-if Report,” but what is it and why would I use it?

    The "What-if Report" provides a scenario for you to see how the coursework you have completed might be applicable (or not) in choosing a new major or minor. The "What-If Report" presents similarly to your AAR, so you can see the remaining requirements for your potential plan. Navigating from the MyNevada Student Center – Classic View tile, students can generate this report under the academics section on the student center dashboard. Note: Using the "What-if Report" does not officially change your major or minor — you should meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements and declare the plan.

  • I’ve taken a breadth course. Why doesn’t it show on my advising report?

    Students pursuing just two plans (a major and a single minor, or just two majors) will see coursework fill in the advising report automatically, only after both plans are included on the student record.

    Students pursuing more than two plans (a major and two minors, two majors and a minor, etc.) or whose first major is not in the College of Liberal Arts will have this coursework filled in manually, only after CLA advisors submit an exception form to the Office of Admissions and Records on the student's behalf. If you are nearing graduation and believe you have taken courses that fulfill this requirement, send a list of these courses with your name and NSHE student ID# to CLA advisors.

    Additionally, due to limitations on the advising report coding, some courses that may be eligible for the breadth requirement may not fill in automatically and will need to be updated manually.

    If you have questions about breadth courses, please contact CLA advisors. Be sure to include your name and NSHE student ID#.