Academic Advising

The mission 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 Undergraduate Retention
Room 1411
734-432-5417
retention@madonna.edu

What is advising and what do we do?

Advising at Madonna

Each student is assigned support staff and faculty based on his or her chosen path of study. Every student is first assigned a Retention Specialist- who you have as your Retention Specialist is based on the college that houses your chosen path of study. Students may also be assigned a faculty advisor- this can happen as soon as you are admitted or later in your college career, again, depending on your chosen path of study. Academic Advisors and Retention Specialists assist 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:


 

 Who is my Retention Specialist?

Retention Specialists listed by Major

Contact information

To schedule an appointment with your Retention Specialist, contact them directly via email or phone based on the information in the above documents.

 I’m a first-year student

If you have never enrolled at a college or university previous to Madonna University and are between the ages of 18-24, 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 your New Student Orientation. To register for classes in future semesters, you will then either stay with your Retention Specialist or be transitioned to a faculty advisor within your major during the first semester. This information will be made clear to you during your UNV 1010 course in your first semester.

Some helpful links for you:  
Assessments/Placement Exams Credit-by-Exam
Orientation  
 I’m an adult or new transfer student

You are considered an adult or transfer student if you:

1)    have never enrolled at a college or university previous to Madonna University, and are 24+ years old; OR

2)    have earned college credit through enrollment at a college or university before attending Madonna University. Note: 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.

Before you are able to register for classes, you are required to complete an orientation. More information on this process can be found in the links below. Though you are not required to meet with an academic advisor as a new adult or transfer student (unless you were admitted provisionally), we strongly encourage you to do so.

If you start Madonna University with a declared major, you might find it 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 and the name of your assigned Retention Specialist.

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 will be assigned a Retention Specialist in the college that you are interested in finding out more about. During your appointment, your Retention Specialist will help you select courses by reviewing remaining core curriculum 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 Retention Specialist in the College of Nursing & Health.

Your Retention Specialist will help you select courses by reviewing pre-nursing and nursing program criteria, as well as your remaining core curriculum requirements. In the event that you do not receive admission into the Madonna University nursing program, Retention Specialists in the various colleges are great resources to utilize to talk about alternative majors and related careers.

The admissions process for the ABSN program does not follow the same structure as the traditional program. Information regarding the admission process for the accelerated nursing program can be found at absn.madonna.edu.

Some helpful links for you:
ABSN Programs Assessments/Placement Exams Career Services
Academic Programs Catalogs Course Schedule

 

 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 the Retention Specialist in the college that your path of study falls into. 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 hold will be placed on your account to ensure that you connect with your Retention Specialist before registering for courses. By working with your Retention Specialist, 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, you will meet with your Retention Specials or 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 and Retention Specialist.

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