Advising Tips

Health Sciences Advising

Student in Lab

Community Health Sciences student working in the lab on an HIV research project.

Academic Advising is a collaborative process between the advisor and the student. Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that he/she is progressing towards his/her chosen degree. Students can enhance their advising  experience by following the suggestions listed below. Students are encouraged to see an academic advisor(s) once a semester and more often if additional academic guidance or support is needed.

Advisement Tips

  • Make an appointment with your academic advisor before your registration date. Class schedules are available in late October for the spring semester and in March for the fall semester. Schedule your appointment for the first or second week of these months.
  • Go to your advising appointment prepared. Make sure you have pen and paper and are ready to listen intently.
  • Prepare a list of questions for your advisor.  This will help ensure that you have all the answers you need when you leave.
  • Bring a list of classes you would like to take the upcoming semester. Review the list with your advisor.
  • Be on time for your appointment! If something comes up and you will not be able to attend your advising appointment, let your advisor know (in advance if possible) and reschedule your appointment!
  • Register on your assigned date and time for each semester. Check MyNevada for your registration time and date and register at that time. Remember that the longer you wait to register, the higher the risk that the courses you need/want will be full!
  • If you have any questions or concerns about anything related to university academics, talk to your advisor. Resources may be available to you. 
  • Ask for help as you learn how to navigate college.

Please avoid asking your advisor to:

  • Make decisions for you
  • Tell you which classes/professors are “easy”
  • Waive rules of required classes or prerequisites