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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Virtual 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.
Our drop-in hours for Spring 2021 are Wednesdays from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST and will be conducted via Zoom.
There will be a waiting room, in zoom, set up to pull one student in at a time.
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.
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.
Advising on major requirements is handled through individual departments.
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 (Community Health, Family Science, Kinesiology and Public Health Science) can be made online via our appointment manager.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
There are many resources available to assist UMD students on probation. They include:
- Tutoring Services
- University Career Center
- UMD Counseling Center
- UMD Center for Healthy Families
- Assess & Disability Resources
- UMD Academic Resources
- UMD Health Center
- Student Clubs and Organizations
- Guided Study Sessions (GSS)
- OMSE Tutoring
- Academic Achievement Programs Tutoring
- Oral Communications Center
- Math Tutoring
- Math Success Program
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.
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.