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How Advising Works


Advising at CU Denver is more than just scheduling classes; it is an ongoing, collaborative partnership designed to help students learn, develop, and grow academically, personally, and professionally. CU Denver advisors have developed the learning outcomes below to help guide this partnership and give students a clear definition of what they can expect to learn as a result of their advising experience. Because each student has different needs and strengths, each advising relationship will be different, and some outcomes may elicit greater focus than others throughout the advising experience.

The learning outcomes for advising have been divided into three categories, including knowledge, skills, and dispositions. You can also think of these categories as answering these three questions:

  1. What will students know as a result of advising? 
  2. What will students be able to do as a result of advising? 
  3. What attitudes and behaviors (dispositions) will students demonstrate as a result of advising?​​​


Students will: 
  • Locate and engage campus resources that promote strategies for academic success
  • Identify and interpret School/College and university academic policies, deadlines, and general graduation requirements
  • Explain the advising structure and advising personnel relevant to the student’s academic program(s)
  • Describe and distinguish degree requirements:
    1. CU-Denver Core Curriculum
    2. School/College
    3. Major/program/professional
    4. ​Graduation requirements​​​​


Students will: 
  • Track academic progress toward completing degree requirements using advising tools
  • Connect consistently with academic advisors
  • Prepare academic plans compatible with personal, academic, and professional goals
  • Make choices about their educational plans that are informed, critical and intentional​​​​


Student will: 
  • Connect his/her needs for information and support to specific campus resources
  • Assess the impact of their academic behaviors and decisions on their academic success and progress
  • Evaluate the relationship between decisions about their program of study and academic and professional goals
  • Articulate specific academic and professional goals, both short- and long-term
  • Articulate the value of the skills and dispositions that a liberal arts & sciences based education delivers​​​​


​​Organization of Advising

Academic advising at CU Denver is as diverse as the students that come to campus.  Each system is designed to engage students’ academic choices, interests, and exploration.  Undergraduate academic advising is primarily organized within the seven academic schools, colleges, and units at CU Denver:

  • College of Architecture and Planning (CAP)

  • College of Arts and Media (CAM)

  • The Business School 

  • The Center for Undergraduate Advising & Exploration (CUE & A)

  • School​ of Education & Human Development (SEHD)

  • College of Engineering, Design, and Computing (CEDC)

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS)

  • School of Public Affairs​ (SPA)

​​Collaborative partnerships have been established between the Center for Exploration and Advising (CUE & A) and the academic colleges to support students who may be still deciding on an academic major, students in their first year within the College of Arts and Media, and students who are preparing to transition into the College of Architecture and Planning.  Students will be directed to appropriate advising offices based on their declared majors and/or the College/School to which they have been accepted. See Find My Advisor​ to identify your advisor. 

​​Delivery of Advising

Students at CU Denver will receive academic advising primarily from professional advisors and/or faculty advisors. An explanation of how academic advising works within each school, college, or unit is available on the Advising Centers at CU Denver page. ​

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