Students are expected to assume the responsibility for planning academic programs in accordance with university rules, policies, and requirements. To assist students with this planning, an advisory system has been created. It is designed to provide a synergistic relationship between students and advisors in an effort to help students make appropriate academic choices.

Each undergraduate Adams State University student is assigned an academic advisor in accordance with the proposed major listed on the student's application for admission. Undeclared majors and conditionally admitted students are advised through Academic Advising (located in Nielsen Library). Students also may request a particular faculty member for their advisor, pending availability. It is important students work closely with their advisors throughout their academic careers, especially in the freshman and sophomore years, to plan relevant course schedules. If a student wishes to change advisors or change or add a major field of study, the Academic Advising Center must be notified. Should a student choose to, the student should contact Academic Advising to complete appropriate paperwork to be assigned a different advisor for the new field of study.

Adams State University is committed to supporting student success. In that spirit, we require our undergraduate degree-seeking students be advised and obtain an advising PIN (Personal Identification Number) from their advisors before registering each fall and spring semester. Students should make arrangements to meet with their advisors as soon as semester schedules are available online to ensure enrollment in courses needed to meet educational goals. A PIN for summer registration is not required, but students are encouraged to meet with their advisor to determine enrollment in appropriate courses.

For graduate students, a degree plan signed by each new student and academic advisor will be kept on file by the advisor. Cognate area courses, electives, and course substitutions must be approved by the appropriate advisor and department chair in advance and in writing. The completed degree plan with all appropriate signatures must be submitted to the Graduate School at the time of graduation. Students who take courses and ask for approval after the fact are in danger of losing those credits regardless of the source of their advisement.

Academic advisors and other university officials strive to prevent errors in advising and registering students. Students, however, are responsible for knowing the requirements of the desired degree programs. This information is available in the catalog. When registering, students are expected to follow the registration procedures as outlined and prescribed by the Office of Records and Registration. Students are responsible for enrollment in courses that are applicable to their degree requirements.