Academic Advising

The University’s advising mission is to educate and empower students to make informed decisions about their academic and career aspirations.

The University of Dubuque provides professional staff advisors and faculty advisors to assist students in their scheduling needs.

Freshmen

Freshmen Students are all assigned to the Director of Advising for their first year at UD. In order to accommodate student course needs, all freshmen are pre-registered for fall classes according to their entrance scores as well as their core and major (if declared) course requirements. After their freshman year, students will then transition to a faculty advisor within their chosen major.

Students uncertain of their major will continue to work with the Director of Advising as an Exploring major until a University major is selected.

All freshmen are required to take a J-Term course during their first year. An additional J-Term course must be taken at some point during the student’s tenure at UD. Students select their J-Term course and register with their advisor.

Transfer and Returning Students

Students who are returning to UD as upper-classmen or new transfer students with 24 credits or more will work with a faculty advisor to schedule and register for classes. The faculty advisor is determined by the student’s declared major.

Students who are Exploring majors, will work with the Director of Advising until a University major is selected.

Transfer students who enter UD with 24 credits or more are only required to complete one J-Term course before graduation.  

Exploring Majors

A student who selects Exploring as a major is a student who is actively seeking information and experience in various areas of interest. The Exploring major allows students to further learn about, and experience, various fields of interests before fully committing to a University major or career path.

Students are encouraged to expand their understanding and experience in fields of interest by:
  • Taking classes within various disciplines as part of the student’s Core requirements or University electives
  • Completing the Career Cruising assessment to further explore career interest areas, responsibilities and how to attain a certain career.
All UD undergraduate students are set up for Career Cruising accounts.  
  • Talking to professors and employers who work in the field of interest.
  • Setting up informational interviews through the Center for Advising & Vocation.

An Exploring major is a temporary and transitional major offered for students who are currently uncertain of which University major to choose. Freshmen Exploring majors are encouraged to choose a University major by their sophomore year.

For information about specific major requirements, please visit the department’s webpage.

Contact 

Center for Advising and Vocation: Lower Level Peters Commons

Academic Year Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. & Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Walk ins are welcome, but appointments are appreciated. Students can schedule an appointment by logging in to: http://dbq.mywconline.com during the academic year.

For questions, contact Keisha Schroeder, Director of Advising, by e-mail at kschroeder@dbq.edu or by phone at 563-589-3106.