Undergraduate Academic Advisement

Office of University Advisement

Vanessa Harris, M.P.A., Director of University Advisement
University Advisement and Enrichment Center, Suite 105
MSC06 3735
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: (505) 277-7000
Fax: (505) 277-3173
E-mail: directoradvising@unm.edu
Web site: http://advisement.unm.edu/


The Office of University Advisement (OUA) uses best practices and creates advising initiatives that support the professional development of advisors and address the advising needs of the diverse student population of the University of New Mexico.

Responsibilities of the Office of University Advisement

  1.  Advisor training.
  2.  Advising best practices across UNM.
  3.  Assessment of advising.
  4.  LoboAchieve.
  5.  Early alerts.
  6.  Student complaints.
  7.  Dual credit.
  8.  Transfer advisement.

What is Advising at the University of New Mexico?

At UNM, advising is a systematic process in which professional academic advisors and advisees enter into a dynamic relationship to empower students to reach their maximum educational potential.  Advising is intentional, student-centered, and an integral part of the student experience.


The mission of advisement at UNM is to provide student-centered support and services that include collaborative strategies that empower students to excel in their academic and professional aspirations, as well as provide students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and training that fosters responsibility for academic success.


The vision of advisement at UNM is to be nationally recognized for excellence by striving to establish and maintain an infrastructure that reflects current research, innovative strategies, and best practices in the field of advising.

Diversity Statement

The OUA is committed to establishing a culture of advisement that is accepting and supportive of all students.

Advising Tag

"Intentional and informed decisions lead to academic success."

Institutional Advising Goals with Student Learning Outcomes

All advising centers are responsible for adhering to the goals, student earning outcomes (SLO), and administrative unit outcomes as pertain to the success of students.

Goal A: To teach students to take ownership and responsibility for successful completion of their academic goals.               

  • SLO1: Students will be able to develop a comprehensive degree completion plan.
  • SLO2: Students will be able to navigate and utilize academic advising technologies.

Goal B: To educate students about opportunities that enrich their collegiate experiences.

Goal C: To assist students in connecting their academic goals to their career and life-long aspirations.

  • SLO1: Students will be able to identify a major that connects to their career and life-long aspirations.

Student Responsibilities

Students, as advisees, are expected to proactively engage in the advisement process. A student is responsible for:

  • Accepting responsibility and ownership for academic decisions;
  • Making regular contact with advisor(s) each semester;
  • Preparing for each appointment with questions and/or material for discussion;
  • Preparing for the advisement appointment by having specific questions for discussion, and general ideas of courses for the upcoming semester (if the meeting concerns registration);
  • Being an active learner by participating fully in the advising experience;
  • Asking questions if an issue is not understood, or to resolve a specific concern;
  • Completing all assignments and recommendations of the advisor;
  • Gathering all relevant decision-making information;
  • Informing advisor(s) of personal values and goals, and discussing these in regard to interests and abilities; and
  • Becoming knowledgeable about college programs, policies, and procedures.

Advisor Responsibilities

Advisors play a critical role in the teaching and develop of a student’s academic pursuit.  Advisors serve as the catalyst for assisting a student to perform to his/her best abilities to reach the desired educational outcome. Students can expect their advisor(s) to:

  • Demonstrate and communicate an understanding of the UNM Core requirement, curriculum (major and minor requirements), course sequencing, institutional policies, and procedures;
  • Encourage and support students as they gain the skills to define and develop clear, and attainable educational plans and goals;
  • Record each advising contact in LoboAchieve and Banner;
  • Provide students with information and strategies for utilizing the available resources and services on campus;
  • Assist students in understanding the purposes and goals of higher education and their effects on students' personal lives and future goals;
  • Monitor and accurately document students’ progress toward meeting their goals;
  • Be accessible during office hours for communication with students by walk-in advising, telephone, e-mail, or Web access;
  • Make individualized referrals to other resources to promote the students' self-knowledge, enrichment, and success;
  • Create an environment of mutual respect and trust; and
  • Maintain confidentiality.

For more information on specific college advisement, refer to individual college Web sites and sections of this Catalog.

College Advisement Centers

(Baccalaureate, Majors and Concentrations)

Anderson School of Management
Office: Advisement Center, First Floor, East Wing
(505) 277-3888

School of Architecture and Planning
Office: Pearl Hall 114
(505) 277-2903

College of Arts and Sciences
Office: University Advisement and Enrichment Center
Rm. 135
(505) 277-4621

College of Education
Office: Travelstead Hall
(505) 277-3190

School of Engineering
Office: CEC 2080
(505) 277-4354

College of Fine Arts
Office: CA 1103
(505) 277-4817

Honors College
Office: Student Health Center
Room 21
(505) 277-4211

College of Nursing
Office: NRPH 152
(505) 272-4223

College of Pharmacy
Office: NRPH 188
(505) 272-0583

University College Advisement Center
Office: University Advisement and Enrichment Center
Suite 105
(505) 277-2631

University College Advisement Center
Office:  University Advisement and Enrichment Center
Suite 170
(505) 277-7000

Bachelor of Integrative Studies and Bachelor of Liberal Arts
Office:  University Advisement and Enrichment Center
Suite 180
(505) 277-0122

University Libraries and Learning Sciences
Office: Zimmerman Library
Room 242

Health Professions
Dental Hygiene (B.S.), Novitski Hall 204 (505) 272-4513; Emergency Medicine, Innovation, Discovery and Training Complex (505) 272-5757; Medical Laboratory Sciences, HSSB 217 (505) 272-5434; Medical School (Admissions), Reginald Heber Fitz Hall 106 (505) 272-4766; Occupational Therapy, HSSB 215 (505) 272-1753; Physical Therapy, HSSB 204 (505) 272-5755; Physician Assistant Program, Surge Suite 217 (505) 272-5254; Population Health, Family Community Medicine (505) 272-4173; Radiologic Sciences, HSSB 217 (505) 272-5254.

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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