Faculty Advising

Advising at Detroit Mercy

Students can determine who has been assigned as their advisor by reviewing the Student Record in My Portal. Students should meet with their advisor at least once per term, prior to registering for classes. It is recommended that students prepare for their advising appointment by reflecting on their academic and career goals. Students should also review their progress towards degree completion by running their Degree Evaluation (in My Portal). Students can also review degree requirements in the University catalog. Students should review the Class Schedule to plan a draft schedule for the upcoming semester to go over with their advisor.

Advisors, counselors, faculty and administrative staff may assist students by explaining requirements and procedures in individual instances. However, students are responsible and accountable for knowledge of the requirements, procedures and regulations set forth in the catalog.

Role of the Academic Advisor

The academic advisor plays an important role in guiding and supporting their advisees towards successfully achieving their academic goals. For most programs, students must consult with and obtain the approval of an academic advisor in the development of their schedules for each term and when changing registration (adding or dropping) after the first week of classes. Students can also consult their advisor for clarification of academic policies and procedures and when contemplating changes in their major program or curriculum.

It is important for advisors to keep abreast of changes in University policies and procedures, as well as being familiar with their program curricula, Core Curriculum requirements and other graduation requirements. Advisors should also be familiar with the various support services available on campus and be reasonably available to their advisees in person, via phone or email.

Advisor Assignment

Advisors are typically full-time faculty, though some advising may be done by administrative personnel in the offices of the college or school dean and the professional staff of academic support service programs. First year full-time students are assigned an academic advisor as part of the orientation program. Transfer, adult and part-time advisors have been designated for freshmen, special admission students, undecided students and returning students. These advisors ordinarily work with students for one or two terms. When the student declares and is accepted into a major, a new advisor in that discipline will usually be assigned. A good advising relationship requires that both the student and the advisor be comfortable with each other. Students who are uncomfortable or dissatisfied with their advising relationship may request a change of advisor.

Student Support and Assistance

Students experiencing personal difficulties, whether related to the University or not, are encouraged to make use of the services offered by Personal Counseling, Student Affairs, University Ministry, the Psychology Clinic, Center for Career and Professional Development, or Student Success Center. Trained staff in these offices may provide direct assistance to the student or referral to more specialized help.

Students of Concern

If there is a concern of imminent harm for the student or others, please contact Public Safety 313-993-1234.
To report an episode or concern, click here or contact the dean of students at 313-993-1028.

Academic Offices


Dean's Office: 313-993-1532
Associate Dean's Office: 313-993-1519

Business Administration

Dean's Office: 313-993-1204
Associate Dean's Office: 313-993-1118

College of Health Professions

Dean's Office: 313-993-1208



Engineering & Science

Dean's Office: 313-993-1187
Associate Dean's Office: 313-993-3362
Biology: 313-993-1180
Chemistry & Biochemistry: 313-993-1258
Civil & Environmental Engineering: 313-993-1578
Electrical & Computer Engineering: 313-993-3365

Liberal Arts & Education

Dean's Office: 313-993-3250
Associate Dean's Office: 313-993-3254