Gateway Advising and Major Exploration Center
Gateway Academic Advising
Academic Advising is a key aspect of your success at UCM. Your Career Counselor is well versed in UCM's wide range of academic offerings. Along with partnering with you in your major and career exploration, he or she will additionally provide gateway advising to assist you in your careful selection of classes that "count" toward graduation, even though your major is Open Option and you are still exploring your academic direction.
Gateway Advising is a component of the Open Option program. It is intended to ensure you are progressing toward graduation while actively exploring your academic options. While Open Option is a great bridge between being unsure and confidently deciding on an academic program, it is not intended to be a long-term status.
First-time freshmen may take up to 30 credit hours while remaining in Open Option status. All other UCM students will be required to select a major within one semester of declaring Open Option. For detailed information on UCM's Open Option program, please refer to the current Undergraduate Student Catalog.
Who Is Your Gateway Career Counselor / Academic Advisor?
Your current Gatway Career Counselor / Academic Advisor is listed, along with their contact information, on your MyCentral Homepage in the right-hand column under the heading, “Academic Profile.” To assist you in planning, you will want to keep a few things in mind:
- You will want to make an advising appointment as soon as possible. Gateway Career Counselors' calendars are often booked well in advance.
- Each student is assigned an “Enrollment Access Date” based on credit hours earned. Note: This does not include credit hours in which you are currently enrolled.
- We highly recommend you enroll as early as possible on your assigned access date. With nearly 12,000 students enrolling in classes, waiting to enroll could result in hundreds of students enrolling ahead of you.
- Once you declare your major, your Gateway Career Counselor will introduce you to your new Academic Advisor, who is the specialist in your newly selected academic program planning and degree completion.