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Preparing for an appointment

Advising appointments are a great opportunity to have someone listen to your concerns, celebrate your accomplishments and answer your questions. Review the appropriate Pre-Appointment Guide most closely related to your appointment goals and complete the associated action steps.

First-year Checkback

All first-year students meet with an academic advisor to discuss goals, campus resources, and the transition to college. This is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and review degree planning tools such as APAS and Graduation Planner. You will also discuss spring semester course registration plans to learn about accurate course sequencing and timely degree progress.

Sophomore Checkback

The Sophomore Checkback appointment creates an opportunity for second year CBS students to reflect on their first two years at the University of Minnesota and discuss their short and long term goals. During this appointment, students can create an action plan for steps that can be taken as a CBS student to achieve their academic, co-curricular, and professional goals.

Degree Planning Meeting

There are many policies, procedures, and requirements related to course and degree planning. During the Long Term Degree Planning Appointment, an academic advisor will review your APAS report and Graduation Planner to provide feedback and assist you in mapping out your remaining course requirements in a timely and balance manner.

Learning Abroad Planning

Due to the complex nature of learning abroad, students will typically meet with the Learning Abroad Center and their academic advisor multiple times throughout the learning abroad planning process. Once you narrow down and identify specific program(s) of interest, an academic advisor will review the course evaluation process and determine if or how courses taken abroad will fulfill major requirements.

Post-Learning Abroad Reflection

Now that you have returned from your time abroad, it is important to process and reflect upon your experience. During this appointment, you will have an opportunity to share about your travels and how they impacted you. You will discuss how to articulate your experience, skills, and knowledge gained abroad in a relevant and meaningful way.

New Transfer Student Checkback

To support students in the transition to CBS, new transfer students are encouraged to meet with a CBS academic advisor during their first semester of enrollment. During this appointment, students review the transfer of previous courses to CBS, review upcoming course plans, discuss co-curricular campus engagement plans, and identify future goals.

Academic Probation

Students on academic probation are required to meet with an academic advisor. During the appointment(s), students are encouraged to reflect on their past semester experiences, identify barriers to academic performance, and develop a plan for future academic success.

Launch Appointment

During this group advising appointment, you will discuss future goals and the post-college transition. This is a great opportunity for upper-division students to connect with peers, clarify remaining degree requirements, and learn about campus resources that can help them succeed in the transition form CBS to post-college life.


If your intent for the appointment does not align with the above appointment types please complete the action steps below in preparation for your appointment:
  • Review your APAS report and update your Graduation Planner.
  • Prepare a list of questions to ask your advisor.