Advising in CLA

Academic advising is a process by which a student meets with a faculty or professional staff member to get assistance in making important academic decisions while in pursuit of their degree. While it is always up to the student to be aware of and ensure they meet all applicable degree requirements, academic advisors are available to assist students in understanding university policies and registering in proper courses in order to graduate.

  • Advising expectations

    The academic advising process is a collaborative relationship between students and advisors. As such, both students and advisors should uphold the following expectations to ensure a positive advising experience:

    As a student, you can expect your advisor to

    • Be knowledgeable about the curriculum requirements for the program(s) for which they advise
    • Assist you in selecting appropriate classes and developing an academic plan that meets degree requirements
    • Be familiar with campus resources and make appropriate referrals when necessary
    • Provide accurate and timely information about university policies, regulations and procedures
    • Be reasonably available for advising appointments or to assist in answering occasional advising questions via email.
    • Provide information and guidance to assist you in your decision-making processes

    As your advisors, we expect you (our student advisee) to

    • Seek advising assistance in a timely manner, well in advance of enrollment dates and/or as soon as academic issues arise
    • Come to advising appointments prepared, including any academic questions you wish to ask
    • Become knowledgeable about university, college, and departmental program requirements associated with your major(s) or minor(s), as well as relevant policies and procedures
    • Take the initiative to become familiar with and utilize available campus resources
    • Keep your advisor informed of any changes that might impact or interfere with satisfactory academic progress
    • Take responsibility for your academic actions and decisions

Advisors in the College of Liberal Arts

There are two types of academic advisors in the College of Liberal Arts: College Advisors and Faculty Advisors. Both types of advisors can assist you with your academic progress in different ways and you are able to meet with both types of advisors.

College advisors

The College advisors, located in the College of Liberal Arts Student Center, are year-round professional staff members whose primary role is academic advisement. College advisors are able to assist all students with a major or minor in liberal arts programs.

A College advisor can be particularly helpful with advising for:

  • New students to the University (incoming freshmen/first-year students and new transfer students)
  • Students changing their major into the College of Liberal Arts from another College/School at the University
  • Questions regarding overall degree framework, including Silver Core Curriculum, foreign language, CLA breadth, or the minor requirements
  • Students on academic probation
  • Pre-graduation evaluations for students nearing the completion of their degree preparing to graduate
  • General advising or exploration of liberal arts majors and minors
  • When faculty advisors are not available (especially during winter or summer breaks)

First-year students generally meet with College advisors prior to their first semester at the University (at summer orientation) and throughout the first year.

Faculty advisors

Each academic department in the College of Liberal Arts has one or more faculty advisors. The faculty advisors are academic faculty members that advise specifically for their department’s major and minor programs. In addition to their roles as instructors and scholars, faculty advisors can serve as mentors to students as they progress through their degree.

It is best to consult with a faculty advisor for:

  • Questions about requirements or course substitutions in a major/minor program
  • Selecting specific major/minor classes to meet your academic or professional interests
  • Graduate and professional school planning
  • Exploring internship and career opportunities related to your program

Students are encouraged to meet with faculty advisors on a regular basis, especially after completing the first year of study.

Making appointments with the CLA Student Center

There are multiple ways students can schedule an advising appointment with a College advisor in the CLA Student Center.

  • Call the CLA Student Center at (775) 682-8745
  • Visit the CLA Student Center in person
  • Students currently attending the University that are already declared into a CLA major or minor program may also schedule online via the Navigate platform. (Note: new students may not be able to schedule appointments through Navigate until about the second or third week into their first term at the University).

Please note that our office is currently accepting virtual appointments. Learn more about scheduling virtual advising sessions.

When should you schedule an advising appointment?

Students should not hesitate to meet with an academic advisor whenever facing a decision or dilemma that can affect academic progress.

Examples of times when students should see an advisor

  • Every semester, prior to registering in classes for an upcoming term
  • To discuss any problems that could affect academic progress
  • When considering dropping a class (particularly to discuss the academic and other impacts of doing so)
  • Exploring a declaration or change of a major or minor program
  • Preparing to study abroad
  • To discuss ways to improve academic performance, especially when on academic probation
  • Prior to applying for graduation, to ensure all requirements are met

Class registration and peak advising

In order to stay on track for a timely graduation, students are highly encouraged to see an academic advisor each semester prior to enrolling in classes for the upcoming term.

The registration period for Spring semesters occurs in November, and registration for Fall semesters happens in April. Students are notified via email several weeks in advance as to their “enrollment appointment,” which is the date and time MyNevada will allow you to begin registering in classes (it is not an actual appointment with an advisor); this information is also posted in the MyNevada Student Center.

The weeks leading up to and during class registration is when most students see an academic advisor and is referred to as the “peak advising” period. During peak advising, advisors’ appointment slots fill up quickly — for example, it is not uncommon for College Advisors in the CLA Student Center to be booked out up to three weeks in advance during peak times. Keep this in mind when scheduling advising appointments. Note that the CLA Student Center and many faculty advisors do not offer same-day advising appointments unless otherwise advertised.

Registration cycle steps Fall cycle Spring cycle
Enrollment appointment emails typically sent First week of March First week of October
Suggested timeline to schedule advising appointment Prior to Spring Break No later than October 15th
Approximate peak advising period Early/mid-March – End of April Mid-October – Thanksgiving
Typical enrollment appointment dates for priority registrants April 1st November 1st
Typical enrollment appointment dates for first-year students Third-or-fourth week in April Mid/late November

Note: First-year students must complete mandatory advising prior to spring and fall registration and will be invited to attend group advising workshops in November and April (held prior to freshman/sophomore enrollment appointment dates) instead of making individual advising appointments.