Engineering Advising Center Expectations

Student Responsibilities in the Advising Relationship

We expect you to:

  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor at least once each semester and keep him or her apprised of your plans and progress throughout the year.
  • Come prepared to advising meetings by doing research using available resources.  Bring questions you would like to ask your advisor and a tentative academic plan for the next term.
  • Take primary and increasing responsibility for your decisions, and be honest with your advisor when you are struggling – either academically or personally.
  • Be open to your advisor’s suggestions and complete tasks you and your advisor agree would be beneficial to your success.
  • Read all CoE emails, newsletters, and EAC communication to become knowledgeable about College policies, deadlines, resources, and opportunities.
  • Regularly re-evaluate whether you are meeting your goals and CoE graduation requirements.
  • Adhere to the College of Engineering Honor Code.  If you are unsure what constitutes an Honor Code violation, visit:


Advisor Responsibilities in the Advising Relationship

You can expect us to:

  • Set aside time to meet with you individually and respond promptly to your emails/calls.
  • Understand and effectively communicate CoE requirements and University and College policies.
  • Assist you in defining your goals, interest, values, and strengths, and connecting these with academic and career paths.
  • Listen to your concerns and respect your unique background, identity, values, and choices.
  • Help you assess your academic performance and identify strategies to maximize your education.
  • Connect you directly with the information on campus resources that will help you succeed.
  • Allow you to be responsible for your own decisions regarding your education.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information you share in advising sessions.


First-Year Goals

Academic Planning

  •  Visit your EAC advisor or a faculty advisor in your area of interest at least once each term to learn about course requirements and discuss  your future plans.  Set up an appointment by clicking the upper right yellow box on this page.
  • With your advisor, select first-year courses that will provide you with the proper foundation to succeed in advanced engineering courses and meet graduation requirements.  Keep in mind: you must declare your major by the end of your third semester.
  • Keep track of your current grade in each class.
  • Create a weekly schedule that allows for 2-3 hours of study for each credit hour of class and 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
  • Begin to develop a list of written goals for your time at U-M – both academic and personal.

Resource Identification

Experiential Learning

  • Begin researching to determine which major you would like to pursue.  Attend career fairs, talk with faculty advisors in your programs of interest, and explore internship/co-op opportunities.  Visit the Engineering Career Resource Center (230 Chrysler Center).
  • Explore your involvement options and consider joining a student organization, doing community service, or participating in undergraduate research.  A good place to begin:
  • Explore study/work abroad options at the International Programs in Engineering Office (245 Chrysler Center).