Undergraduate Academic Advisement

Office of Advising Strategies

Laura E. Valdez, Director of University Advisement
University Advisement and Enrichment Center, Room 170
MSC05 3400
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: (505) 277-7000
Web site: http://advisement.unm.edu/

What is Advising at the University of New Mexico?

The Colleges and Schools at UNM provide academic advisors for students to support their educational goals. Students are required to visit with an advisor at least once a semester and during important milestones. Advisors guide students through the process of graduation requirements and academic decisions for their degree program. The Office of Advising Strategies supports advisors and advising units by providing professional development, online resources, and assessment.

Mission of Advisement

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.

Institutional Advising Goals with Administrative Unit Outcomes

All advising centers are responsible for adhering to the following Administrative Unit Outcomes that promote student success.

Goal A: Students gain knowledge about course registration and accessing their advisor from college advising units during New Student Orientation.
Goal B: Colleges will update, when necessary, information on their posted degree programs and/or majors.
Goal C: Advisors will gain knowledge about current advising practices during professional development provided by the Office of Advising Strategies.
Goal D: The Office of Advising Strategies will continuously improve advising practices.

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, material for discussion, and 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;
  • Provide students with information and strategies for utilizing the available resources and services on campus;
  • 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
Anderson Alumni Center for Student Services, First Floor
McKinnon Center for Management
(505) 277-3290

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

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

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

School of Engineering
Office: Centennial Engineering Center
Room 2080
(505) 277-4354

College of Fine Arts
Office: Center for the Arts
Room 1103
(505) 277-4817

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

College of Nursing
Office: Nursing and Pharmacy Building
Room 152
(505) 272-4223

College of Pharmacy
Office: Nursing and Pharmacy Building
Room 188
(505) 272-0583

College of Population Health
Office: Family Medicine Center
Room 165
(505) 272-4173

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

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
(505) 277-4131

Undergraduate Health Professions

Dental Hygiene
Novitski Hall 
Room 204
(505) 272-4513

Emergency Medicine
Innovation, Discovery and Training Complex
(505) 272-5757

Medical Laboratory Sciences 
Health Sciences and Services Building
Room 217
(505) 272-5434

Medical School (Admissions) 
Reginald Heber Fitz Hall
Room 106
(505) 272-4766

Radiologic Sciences 
Health Sciences and Services Building
Room 217
(505) 272-5254


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1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

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