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Academic Advising

The function of advising is recognized as an integral part of the University’s educational mission.  Advisors provide support as you make decisions regarding academic success, higher education, and lifelong learning. While we’re not here to make these decisions for you, we model the process of making these decisions in the future.

Advisee Responsibilities

  • Students are responsible for meeting all requirements for graduation, and for fulfilling them in the most efficient manner.
  • Meet with your advisor regularly and go to your advising appointment prepared. If you cannot attend the meeting, contact your advisor ahead of time to reschedule.
  • Regularly review your PeopleSoft records, and especially your Advisement Report (“Academic Requirements” in the drop down menu in the Student Center).
  • Become knowledgeable about your School and University requirements. That means regularly reviewing and being familiar with the undergraduate catalog ( If you have questions that your faculty advisor cannot answer, please contact someone within the Student Services office.

Advisor Responsibilities

  • Advisors are expected to know and understand the general education requirements and major requirements for their program. In some rare cases, faculty advisors may not be aware of the ever‐changing policies and procedures of the University. However, you can expect that they will contact your the Student Services office staff or Registrar for assistance.
  • Advisors are expected to be accessible on a regular basis, through email, phone, or office hours. Faculty advisors do not have set working hours, so they will not be available in the same capacity as non‐faculty advisors with established schedules.
  • Advisors are expected to maintain confidentiality. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) restricts the sharing of students’ information to “school officials with legitimate educational interest.” Anyone else wishing to have access to a student’s records, such as parents or guardians, must have the student submit a release form (submitted within PeopleSoft) before any information about the student’s academic record can be shared.

For more information about your advisor, please visit:

Making Appointments Online Using Nexus

Nexus allows you to make appointments with a number of advisors on campus, primarily those in the Student Services suite.

To access the Nexus system:

  • Go to
  • Log in using your Net ID and password
  • Click on Schedule Appointment
  • Click on “Search by Department”, scroll to the Waterbury Campus at the bottom and click on “Advising Center”
  • Select your assigned advisor from the list


University Requirements

Undergraduate students at the University of Connecticut are enrolled in one of nine schools and colleges, the Academic Center for Exploratory Students (ACES), the Bachelor of General Studies Program or as non-degree students.

Responsibilities for advising students are shared by faculty and professional staff, with each school or college defining specifically how those responsibilities are shared.

School/College Requirements

  • All the schools and colleges share some of the same requirements and regulations. These are referenced in the catalog in the section on Academic Regulations.
  • Additional graduation requirements specific to a school or college are in the catalog under that school or college heading. See the School/College links below.

The Schools of Business, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Nursing and Pharmacy require an application. Students declaring majors in CLAS or CAHNR typically do not need to apply, although there are some exceptions.

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Frequently Asked Questions