New Student Advising

START Advising is here to help students begin their academic career at UM-Dearborn with a strong foundation for success. We assists students making their way as they enter the university. Students receive advising with START Advising beginning at orientation. Students will transition from START Advising to their academic unit's advising office on an individual basis depending on their academic progress. Because a successful finish needs a strong START!

Scheduling an Appointment

START Advising will remain remote for Fall 2020. 

Scheduled Advising

  • START appointments during Add/Drop Advising (8/31-9/15)
    • Drop-in advising will be all day on 8/31 and afternoons 9/1-9/8.
    • Beginning on 9/9 drop-in advising will be Mondays (9am - 2pm) and Thursdays (9am - 3pm). 
    • Outside of Drop-ins, Advisors are available by appointment.

You can schedule an appointment by calling 313-593-5576 (please leave a voicemail), stopping by our virtual front desk, or by emailing If you email, please include your full name, UMID, advisor preference, and times when you are available.

START Advising Information

Office Services

START academic advising works with all incoming students, except College of Business transfer students. Our services include assisting students in:

  • Making the transition to UM-Dearborn
  • Understanding degree requirements
  • Scheduling
  • Choosing a major
  • Creating a preliminary graduation plan
  • Creating a manageable school/life balance
  • Improving study skills
  • Finding ways to be involved on campus


START advisors also work with students who are on probation or at-risk to help them identify areas of challenge and opportunity, and find new ways of approaching their education to push them toward reaching their full potential.​

When to see an Advisor

You may see a START advisor any time you have a question related to your academic planning or future career goals. START advisors meet with students by appointment, but we also offer drop-in advising. Drop-ins are for quick questions, and you may see any advisor available for drop-in advising. For more complex or time consuming advising questions, a quick drop-in conversation may not be sufficient, and you may be asked to make a follow-up appointment with a START advisor who specializes in advising for your field of study.​

Preparing for an appointment

START recommends that you prepare for an appointment by first creating a list of questions you know you would like to ask. Then, take the time to review your Degree Works audit. If the review of your audit answers some of your questions or creates new ones, modify your list. Most importantly, remember to bring your list of questions with you to your appointment. 

If you are seeing an advisor to get a form completed (SAP Appeal, for example), make sure you print the form beforehand and bring it with you.

If you are seeing an advisor to discuss choosing a major, take some time to reflect on your interests and explore the options available at UM-Dearborn. Use some of the resources listed in the Selecting a Major section below. Take notes, and bring those notes with you to your appointment.

If you are seeing an advisor to do a probation contract, start to reflect on your last semester. What were the biggest challenges that you faced? What were some successes that you would like to build on in your next semester? Come prepared to have an open and honest discussion with your advisor, and we will work together to find ways to help you get back on track and on your way to academic success.

Additional Advising Information


When a student petitions, they are asking for an exception to a policy or requirement. 

Academic Petitions

A petition may be used to request an exception to some academic rule or policy. This page provides information on the campus-wide Academic Petitions Policy as well as a link to submit academic petitions requests. 

Visit Student Petitions for more information.

Other Petitions

Petitions regarding tuition and fees go through Enrollment Services.

START students who are unsure how to write an academic petition may meet with their START advisor for assistance.

Selecting a Major

Choosing a major is a process. For some students, that process is over quickly, but for others it can take several semesters. Many factors play a part in deciding a major: knowing yourself, family expectations, career path, relationships with faculty, etc. A START advisor can help you to examine which factors are going to play a key role in your decision, make sure that you have the tools you need to explore your options, and be a sounding board as you work to design the degree that will be the best fit for you.
Here are some resources that will help:


  • Degree Works can be accessed through UM-Dearborn Connect and has a "What If?" function that allows students to see the requirements for a major or minor prior to making an official change.

  • Undergraduate Studies has a list of all areas of studies available at UM-Dearborn.

  • Career Services provides resources for choosing a major. One such resource, FOCUS, is an online career assessment tool which helps students align interests and careers. After doing the assessment, you should make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss the results.

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook is a tool that allows you to explore careers by category and gives you information on entry-level education, median pay, growth potential, etc.

Declaring or Changing a Major/Minor

Once you are ready to declare a major, change your major, or add a minor, you must complete a Change of Major/Minor/Degree Form (see link below). You can turn your form in to START, and we will send it out to your college's records office for a decision.

START Advising

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