Before you go: 

  • Determine whether you can walk in or make an appointment.
  • Make an appointment with your advisor via MyConnect, telephone, or email.
  • Prepare a list of questions and/or concerns you would like to address in the advising session.
  • Review the Bulletin, UMSL’s description of programs, requirements, policies and procedures.
  • Obtain and bring completed transcripts from other educational institutions, placement test results, advanced credit decisions, etc.
  • Bring a list of courses that interest you and are relevant to your major
  • Familiarize yourself with important dates.
  • Be prepared to describe strengths and goals as well as barriers that prevent you from achieving your goals.
  • Be ready to interact in the decision-making process. 


After the appointment: 

  • Follow through with suggestions, referrals and resources.
  • Keep a record of your academic progress, including notes from advising meetings, DARS reports, and other documents reviewed at the meetings.
  • Work to develop a mutual relationship with your assigned advisor by scheduling appointments.