Academic Advising

Academic Advising

Fall 2020 Updates and Changes to AGNR Academic Programs Undergraduate Student Services

  • UMD will begin the Fall 2020 semester on August 31st but will delay the start of undergraduate in-person instruction to September 14th. All graduate-level instruction and approved research activities will proceed as planned. Services offered by the AGNR Academic Programs Office will also remain online-only until Monday, September 14th.

Updates to Undergraduate Student Services this Fall!

  • Student Drop-Ins: In accordance with the CDC guidelines for physical-distancing, the AGNR Academic Programs Office will be meeting with students by-appointment-only. Students who drop-in will be asked to schedule an appointment and come back at that time -- otherwise, we will be available by phone and email Monday through Friday, 9:30am - 4:30pm.

    • When meeting in-person, you will be required to use hand-sanitizer, wear a mask, and maintain 6 feet of distance for the duration of your appointment. Our meeting spaces will be sanitized before and after each meeting. If you are feeling ill or running a fever, you should notify us, stay home, and monitor your symptoms.
      To make an appointment with a member of our office, please visit this link.

  • Peer Mentoring: All of our Peer Mentors will be available by email, phone, and video chat during their scheduled hours. Additionally, some Peer Mentors will be available to meet on-campus, in-person (see in-person meeting guidelines above). Please visit this link for more information and availability.

Other Resources:

  • To contact your assigned academic advisor, please visit this link.

  • To check your major and degree requirements, please visit this link.

  • To change your major to AGNR, please visit this link.

  • To check on or file an exception to an academic policy request, please visit this link.

  • For other academic resources and information, please visit this link.

How do I find my faculty advisor?

Each department handles advisor assignments differently.  Some distribute new students among current advisors.  Some add additional faculty to the advising roster to accommodate each new class of students. To find your advisor, go to the Undergraduate Program Office for your major (department) and speak with the Coordinator or Administrative Assistant.

NOTE:  First semester freshmen or transfer students should identify your advisor within your first 10 days of classes and learn how that advisor handles making advising appointments!  Freshman and Sophomores are required to meet with a peer mentor before scheduling an appointment with their assigned advisor. 

Peer Mentors

Peer Mentors are an important resource in the College of AGNR. This service offers students a chance to talk with a fellow classmate about everyday campus issues, advising, registration, and more before meeting with your assigned advisor for early registration appointment. 

Peer Mentors are selected AGNR upperclassmen who have achieved good academic success while maintaining an active schedule of extracurricular activities, work, service, and more. Peer Mentors know how to manage time and get the most out of the university, and best of all, they speak your language - Peer Mentors are one of you!

For office locations and staff for undergraduate programs in each department, visit our Peer Mentors page

The AGNR Academic Programs Student Services Office located in room 0107 Symons Hall is available for special advising.  Appointments are preferred but not necessary.  However, Student Services will not do routine major advising - that must be done in your department.  Come to Student Services for issues involving permission to enroll at another institution, transcript discrepancies, information on petitions you have filed for exception to academic policy, study abroad, etc.