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Office of Academic Advising

The mission of the Office of Academic Advising is to facilitate a process of educational inquiry that by intention and design promotes the intellectual, personal, and social development of students.

By providing proactive advising and programming, we encourage and empower students to formulate realistic academic plans, explore professional and career options, and engage in meaningful decision-making, all in an environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and supportive.

Contact Advising

Office of Academic Advising
Room 1111
734-432-5417
advising@madonna.edu

What is advising and what do we do?

Advising at Madonna

The Office of Academic Advising assists new and current students by:

  • Formulating a plan that outlines their academic path and monitoring academic progress
  • Interpreting institutional policies and procedures
  • Recommending opportunities for personal growth and academic development
  • Providing referrals to institutional and community resources and support when academic and non-academic challenges arise
  • Discussing alternatives when there are doubts concerning choice of major or career, or when admission is not granted to the chosen major

There are many valuable resources to which an academic advisor might refer you throughout your college journey. Please feel free to explore some of the resources that might be helpful to you:


 

 I’m a first-year student

If you have never enrolled at a college or university previous to Madonna University, then you are a first-year student. You might, however, have already earned college credit through a Dual Enrollment Program, Advanced Placement Test (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or International Baccalaureate Program (IB) scores.

As a first-year student, you will meet with an academic advisor and register for your first semester courses at New Student Orientation. For future advising, if you have not declared a major (with or without the intention to pursue the Madonna University Nursing program) or have been provisionally admitted, you will continue to meet with an advisor in the Office of Academic Advising. If you have a declared major, you will be transitioned to a faculty advisor within your major during the first semester.

Some helpful links for you:  
Advising Tutorial Credit-by-Exam
Assessments/Placement Exams Orientation
 I’m a new transfer student

If you have earned college credit through enrollment at a college or university before attending Madonna University, you are considered a transfer student. If you have military credit you are included in this category; but if you are a high school student with Dual Enrollment credit, Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or International Baccalaureate Program (IB) scores, you are considered a first-year student.

Although you are not required to attend the Adult and Transfer Student Orientation or meet with an academic advisor in the Office of Academic Advising as a new transfer student (with the exception of if you were admitted provisionally), we strongly encourage you to do both.

If you start Madonna University with a declared major, you might find it more beneficial to simply meet with your assigned faculty advisor for your major. If this is the case, please click on the link below titled “Academic Advisor List,” or log in to MY Portal to find your advisor’s name.

Some helpful links for you:    
Academic Advisor List Credit-by-Exam Prior Learning Assessment
Assessments/Placement Exams Orientation Transfer Guides
 I’m undecided on a major

If you are a current Madonna University student who is undecided on a major, you can contact the Office of Academic Advising to schedule an advising appointment.

During your appointment, an academic advisor will help you select courses by reviewing remaining general education requirements, discussing major programs at Madonna University that are of interest to you, and might recommend that you complete a career assessment through Madonna University’s Career Services Office.

Some helpful links for you:    
Academic Programs Career Services Study Abroad
Catalogs Course Schedule  
 I’m currently undeclared, but pursuing the Nursing Program

There are several steps to receive admission to the Madonna University Nursing Program. The first step is to be accepted as a pre-nursing student. Until then, you will be categorized as an “undeclared” student with an interest in Pre-Nursing. During this process, you will receive advising services from the Office of Academic Advising.

During an advising appointment, an advisor will help you select courses by reviewing pre-nursing and nursing program criteria, as well as your remaining general education requirements. In the event that you do not receive admission into the Madonna University nursing program, the Office of Academic Advising is a great resource to talk about alternative majors and related careers.

Some helpful links for you:    
Academic Programs Catalogs Course Schedule
Assessments/Placement Exams Career Services  
 I’m a provisional student

“Provisional admission is offered to those applicants whose credentials may not satisfy the minimum admission requirements but whose maturity and seriousness of purpose indicate potential for academic success” (Madonna University Catalog).

If you have been granted provisional admission to the University, you will meet with an academic advisor in the Office of Academic Advising. They will help you understand the criteria of your provisional admission and assist you in taking the necessary steps to ensure academic success.

A registration and orientation hold (to attend the New Student, Adult and Transfer, or International Student Orientation) will be placed on your account to ensure that you connect with an academic advisor before registering for courses. By working with an academic advisor, you can learn the best and fastest ways to achieve full admission status and the removal of the academic registration holds.

Some helpful links for you:    
Academic Advisor List Catalogs Orientation
Academic Programs Course Schedule  
 I've already declared a major

If you are a student with a declared major (and are not a provisional student), you will meet with your assigned faculty advisor (advisors are assigned by major). For the list of advisors by major, please click on the link below titled “Academic Advisor List,” or log in to MY Portal to find your assigned advisor.

If you are considering another major or minor, you can discuss this with your assigned advisor, seek out faculty from other majors in which you are interested, and explore options through the Madonna University Career Services Office.

Some helpful links for you:    
Academic Advisor List Catalogs Course Schedule
Academic Programs Career Services