Academic Advising

Academic Advisers are university staff members that help guide your student through their college career. Advisers assist students in selecting courses to ensure they are following the correct pathway to earn their degree. Advisers can also help with questions related to selecting or changing a major or minor, and are also available to offer support and resources related to any academic concern your student has.

Advising by College

Students have a variety of advising and academic resources available to them within their major and college.

Academic Calendar

The university operates on a semester system. The academic calendar contains important dates and deadlines related to course registration and advising.

Step-by-Step Guide to Course Registration

This step-by-step guide to course registration will give you an overview of the advising and course registration process.

Important Things to Know

Academic Advisers: Your student is assigned two academic advisers; one professional adviser and one faculty adviser from your student's major or college. Your student is required to meet with their adviser at least once a semester before course registration begins.

Finding Your Student's Adviser: Your student can find their adviser in the UMass Lowell Now Dashboard in the Student Information System (SIS), or they can email to be connected with a professional adviser or their faculty adviser.

Finding the Right Classes: UMass Lowell offers a wide variety of classes for you student to choose from. Sometimes students can be overwhelmed with all of the options or not know where to start. If your student has any questions, meeting with their adviser is a helpful, and important, place to start. It is important to encourage your student to take initiative in designing their course schedule and to encourage them to take ownership of their course selection process.

Course Registration Holds: If your student has a hold on their account, they might not be able to register for courses until that hold is resolved. A hold on a student account could be financial, advising related, or related to immunization records. Your student can check their account in SIS to see if they have any holds.