What do the advisers do?
Advisers explain the rules and requirements for the IS&T programs and help you figure out how they apply to your situation. Advisers prepare your records to ensure you meet all the requirements for your degree in the Final Audit process. Chairpersons of each program then approves your record.
The most useful thing advisers can do is to provide advice about what degree program, specific courses, or scheduling would be most helpful to you. They can help with difficult situations when you have a concern with your grades, course instruction, time management, scheduling conflicts, or other academic issues you might have with your courses and the program.
What don't advisers do?
Advisers are not there to tell you what to do; they provide information to help you make decisions. You are responsible for any academic choices that affect your education. Talk to other students, meet with faculty whose interests parallel yours, and make use of campus resources. What you do at UNO is limited only by your imagination, your desire to do something with your education, your ability to ask the right questions, and your ability to discover who can answer those questions.
When should I see an adviser?
During your freshman and sophomore year, check with your advisor every semester. After that, check in with your advisor at least once per year to make sure that your record is up-to-date and to catch any problems early. We often see students who either missed a change in the requirements, or were caught by surprise because they went years without talking to an advisor.
Don't wait until the last minute to schedule an appointment to come in! The advisors have only a limited number of hours available and their schedules fill up quickly. Students are required to meet with an advisor every semester during freshman and sophomore year.
Ready to graduate?
Make an appointment when you have earned 91 credit hours to review your entire academic record (Senior Audit). You must make an appointment with your advisor at the beginning of your last semester (Final Audit). These two audits should detect problems early enough to have a chance to correct them (e.g. by adding a course) before graduation is delayed. You don't want to be forced to hang around an additional semester just to take one course to meet some requirement!
Prospective Student Checklist (or What do I do and when do I do it?)
- Browse the online course catalog. The College of IS&T offers five undergraduate majors. Investigate each one to see which is the best fit for you.
- Apply online
- Request official transcripts from all high school and colleges previously attended institutions and have them mailed directly to the UNO Admissions Office. These must be received before admission to the University can be finalized.
- Submit ACT or SAT scores. These scores are required from all students with fewer than 12 hours of college level course work.
- Check your Admission Status.
- Register for placement tests at the Testing Center.
- Receive your Placement Exam results. If you do not receive results, contact the Testing Center in EAB 113 or 402.554.4800.
- Schedule an Orientation session. All new/transfer students are required to attend an orientation session. Attend your orientation session before seeing your academic advisor.
- Make an appointment with your academic advisor. Contact the Academic Advising Office, 402.554.3819 to schedule your appointment.
- Prepare for and meet with an academic advisor. Bring all placement exam results and your NU ID. Familiarize yourself with the UNO Catalog and online schedule of classes for your selected major.
Undergraduate Advising Staff
Director, Academic Advisor - Junior and Senior Students & Scott Scholars
Judith Monarrez Diaz-Kelsey
Academic Advisor/Student Recruiter - Freshman and Sophomore Students