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General Advising Information

During this time, our advising processes are fully online. We will not have advising staff available in person to meet with you.  If you have quick questions and do not want to make a virtual appointment, you can email an advisor. If you are unsure who your advisor is or where to direct your question, you can email CASA at sphadvising@umd.edu.

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) law is the legal rights of students. It is the student’s responsibility to understand these rights. We strongly encourage students to maintain their personal confidentiality in terms of their education and privacy. However, a student might be waiving their rights if their camera if turned off, someone is in the room, someone can overhear the conversation. Please understand that personal and confidential information might be shared during advising conversations. We strongly encourage you to seek a private space to have your advising meeting.

Semester drop-in hours are reserved for quick advising questions or questions about registration or policy. If you have any questions or need assistance on a more in-depth topic, you should schedule an advising appointment with an advisor in your department. This way, you can secure a 30-minute appointment and be sure you have the time you need to get your questions answered.

Fall 2021 semester drop-in hours will be offered via virtual only. During the assigned drop-in hours, you may log into the Zoom link to meet with an advisor virtually.

Fall Drop in Hours:

  • Wednesday's - 10:00am - 12:00am (Virtual ONLY)
  • Thursday's - 1:00pm - 3:00pm (Virtual ONLY)

There will be a waiting room, in Zoom, set up to pull one student in at a time.


Join a Drop-In Zoom Session

In collaboration with the University Career Center, we are also able to offer career advising. During these appointments you can learn how to:

  • Identify and explore educational/career interests
  • Search for internships/jobs
  • Make career decisions
  • Prepare for interviews
  • Write effective resumes and cover letters
  • Network and conduct informational interview

For more information check out the University Career Center @ SPH or Careers4Terps.


Schedule an appointment with a University Career Center Advisor

If you are specifically interested in pursuing a career in any of the healthcare professions, you can schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to help incorporate prerequisite courses into your academic plans.

For more specific Pre-Health advising and advice on careers in health care, please to the Reed-Yorke Health Professions Advising Office .

All student-athletes in the School of Public Health, including those on Academic Probation, are required to meet with an Academic Advisor at least once prior to registering for classes in the Fall and Spring semesters. Please complete a copy of the Student-Athlete Advising Form before scheduling an advising appointment. Until completion of the advising appointment, all athletes will have a registration block.

All appointments are held with Bryan Pointer virtually or in the SPH Center for Academic Success and Achievement, SPH 0222.


Schedule an Athlete Advising Appointment

Advising on major requirements is handled through individual departments. One on one advising appointments with departmental advisors can be scheduled by clicking on the department name you would like to schedule with. Community Health, Family Science, Kinesiology and Public Health Science, College Park.  


Departmental Advisors

If you would like to meet with an advisor for mandatory advising or otherwise, your first step is to schedule an advising appointment. 

One on one advising appointments with departmental advisors can be scheduled by clicking on the department name you would like to schedule with. Community Health, Family Science, Kinesiology and Public Health Science, College Park.  


 

Mandatory Advising for Student-Athletes and Students on Academic Probation or Dismissal

One on one mandatory advising for student-athletes and students on academic probation or dismissal can be made online via TerpEngage.


Schedule a Mandatory Advising Appointment

Academic Probation/Dismissal 

All students in the School of Public Health on Academic Probation are required to meet with a SPH Probation Advisor prior to the end of Schedule Adjustment or be registered for SPHL246 Terp Restoration.

All students on Academic Probation will have a registration block. Students will be unable to adjust their schedule without permission of a SPH Probation Advisor. This block will remain in effect for the entirety of the probationary semester. Students will need permission for each adjustment on their schedule (add/drop/withdraw).

Academic Probation

  • Students will be placed on Academic Probation if their cumulative GPA falls below 2.0.
  • Students who have earned 60 cumulative credits or more will be dismissed from the University in the event their cumulative GPA remains below 2.0 at the end of their probationary semester.
  • Students who are on Academic Probation and have fewer than 60 cumulative credits will be permitted to continue enrolling at the University if a minimum semester GPA of 2.0 is achieved in each semester of probation.
  • Students who are on probation and attain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the end of a Winter or Summer term will not be subject to dismissal in the subsequent semester.

Academic Dismissal

  • The Student Success Office will notify students via email if they are dismissed. The email will include a statement that registration for the next semester (excluding winter or summer term) will be cancelled.
  • Students who are dismissed from the University should speak with the Academic Probation Advisor to discuss options for reinstating. 
  • Students can reinstate by taking a winter/summer course and attain a cumulative GPA of a 2.0, or by submitting an application for reinstatement through the Student Success Office.

For further information on Academic Probation/Dismissal please check the University Undergraduate Catalog.

1 credit

This course is designed to assist students in improving academic skills, learning time management practices, interacting with the faculty and greater campus community, and developing professional career aspirations. The focus will be on an exploration of the academic environment, campus resources, self-discovery tools, and skill development. Utilizing an interactive experience through facilitated discussion that develops positive relationships, students will actively explore academic opportunities offered through the School of Public Health and the University of Maryland.

Restriction: Students must be undergraduate majors within the School of Public Health; and permission of instructor.

Academic Probation/Dismissal appointments with Taylor Sanders can be scheduled onlineAll appointments are held in the SPH Center for Academic Success and Achievement, SPH 0222.

Department Advising

You may schedule an appointment with a department advisor if you need assistance with scheduling/registration assistance, updating Academic Plans or have major-specific questions.