Advising-CMARC - Carnegie Mellon University


With advising as its core focus, CMARC strongly adheres to Carnegie Mellon University's academic advising principles. Our professional program advisors serve as an additional resource to assist students in developing and achieving educational plans that are compatible with their life goals.

Institutional Statement on Advising

Academic advising is integral to the educational mission of Carnegie Mellon. Advising in an intentional process, grounded in teaching and learning, and providing each student with guidance for developing and achieving meaningful educational, professional, and personal goals. Successful advising at Carnegie Mellon depends upon a shared understanding of, and commitment to, the advising process by students, advisors and the University. Academic advisors engage students in learning, promote students’ academic success, and foster students’ personal, ethical, and intellectual growth, all of which will carry into their roles as citizens and lifelong learners.

The Student’s Role in Academic Advising

Seeking advice is an important part of how students begin to make decisions about their academic and professional futures. Each major and department has an advising system which may be different from one another. It is important that students find out early from their first year advisor how the advising system for all their four years at Carnegie Mellon works.

Students are responsible for: understanding the importance of their relationships with advisors; seeking out advisors, contacts, and information on a regular basis; knowing the requirements of their individual degree programs; taking final responsibility for making their own decisions based on the best information and advice available. The Carnegie Mellon Advising Resource Center (CMARC) is an additional place for students to obtain information and general advice.

The Advisor's Role

To achieve the goals of academic advising at Carnegie Mellon, advisors, along with their advising programs, are responsible for: being knowledgeable of, and communicating, the requirements of the academic programs in which they advise; monitoring students' progress towards degree completion; being available to meet with students on a regular basis; assisting students in finding the appropriate institutional and community resources; involving students in the academic and career planning process and the exploration of options and resources; and engaging in developmental activities to stay informed of issues that impact student success.

Our advising services include:

  • Transitional Advising
    • These efforts are directed towards students who are considering an additional major, changing majors, or solidifying their current major and chosen career path.
  • Academic Coaching
    • Academic coaching focuses on the personal relationship created between the student and the advisor. This is accomplished through an interactive process in which the student evaluates his or her personal and/or professional goals and then relates them to his or her educational goals. Students become more self aware and proactive by understanding and harnessing their strengths, values, interests, purpose and passion.

To schedule an advising session, please visit the Meet Our Staff page for contact information!