Undergraduate Academic Advisement

Vanessa Harris, M.P.A., Interim Director of Advising
University Advisement and Enrichment Center, Suite 105
MSC06 3690
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: (505) 277-2631
Fax: (505) 277-3173

The mission of the University Advisement Center is to give guidance to students in a nurturing, diverse, respectful and supportive environment and to assist students in making a successful transition to degree-granting colleges and appropriate majors, while developing the foundations for lifelong learning. University Advisement Center will accomplish its mission by:

  • Collaborating with Student Affairs Programs, the Division of Equity and Inclusion, and Colleges to provide the most accurate information to students;
  • Engage students in a shared intellectual experience based on active learning and listening;
  • Provide students with an exposure to and an understanding of a wide variety of disciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary perspectives; and
  • Promote University-wide undergraduate research opportunities to continue students’ academic growth.

Admission Requirements and Academic Regulations

All undergraduate, non-degree undergraduate and non-degree graduate students who are admitted to the University but have not yet met the requirements to enter their desired degree-granting college are admitted to University College (UC), and advised by the University Advisement Center (UAC). UAC is responsible for regulating and administering the University Academic policies and procedures. UAC works collaboratively with other advisement centers to assist students in the formulation of their academic directions, goals, and plans. All students in University College are required to meet with a UAC academic advisor every semester prior to registration.

Students in UC will receive a hold on their academic account each semester. The purpose of the hold is to ensure that students are meeting with an academic advisor, and are taking the courses needed to transfer to their degree-granting colleges in a timely manner. Students who are unsure of their academic interests, or who wish to explore several possible programs of study, should meet with an academic advisor in UAC. The advisor will help the student explore interests and abilities, career options, discuss academic strengths and weaknesses, and explain the applicable university regulations and policies.

Students with an area of interest or a definite major in mind should also meet with that departmental advisor, as well as their appropriate college or program advisor. This will ensure that they obtain current curriculum and admissions information. Although these students may be directed to a college advisement center for course advisement, UAC maintains their records and is responsible for their general academic oversight. University Advisement Center is responsible for their advisement until they are admitted to their intended degree-granting college or until they are no longer eligible to enroll in one of the admissions categories supervised by this office.

Students who have earned 26 credit hours and have not met the requirements to transfer into their degree-granting colleges are required to meet with a pre-major advisor at University Advisement Center.

Admission to Degree-Granting Colleges from University College

The minimum requirements for transfer from University College to any other University of New Mexico degree-granting college or school are:

  1. Twenty-six hours of earned credit acceptable to that college.
  2. A grade point average of at least 2.00 on all hours attempted; or a grade point average of at least 2.00 on all hours attempted in the previous two semesters of enrollment, provided that if fewer than 26 hours were attempted in the previous two semesters, a grade point average of at least 2.00 shall be required on all work attempted in as many previous consecutive semesters as are necessary to bring the student’s hours attempted to at least 30. (See definition of grade point average in this catalog.)

    NOTE: Most colleges and schools have admission requirements beyond the minimum noted above. In many instances a grade point average much higher than a 2.00 minimum is required. In addition, most of them also have specific course requirements before students are admitted to their program. For information on admission requirements of a particular degree-granting college or school, students should refer to the admission regulations set forth in the section of this catalog devoted to that college or school.

Students should apply for transfer to a degree-granting program as soon as they meet the admission requirements for the college or school of their choice. Transfer is not automatic. Students must initiate the transfer process at the college or school of their intended major. If the student is admitted to the college, the transfer will take place at the end of the semester (or summer session) during which the student files for transfer and is accepted by the degree-granting unit. If a student does not meet the requirements by the end of the semester in which the transfer application is filed, the transfer application becomes invalid and the student must later reapply for transfer.

Second Chance Program

(see University College section of this catalog.)

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Office of the Registrar

MSC 11 6325
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 277-8900
Fax: (505) 277-6809