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Advising FAQ
Click on a link below to see a list of frequently asked questions regarding advising.

If you don't see your advising question answered here, feel free to email the site's administrators and we will add it to the list.
How do I find out who my advisor is?
Click on "Advising > Meeting Your Advisor"at left to find an alphabetized list of New Media Majors and their advisors.

Can I just stop by to see my advisor at her or his office?
Most advisors are very busy during pre-registration period. Your advisor will probably contact you to let you know how to reserve an advising timeslot. However, if you haven't heard within a week of your registration date, please contact your advisor or Velma to let them know.

Can I use my May term or Summer term RAN number to sign up for courses held the following Fall?
No. Students who have signed up for May and summer courses still need to see their advisor for fall classes, including non-New Media classes.
When I see a deadline for "senior registration" etc., does that mean the deadline for students who are or who will be seniors?
Students who are seniors now. The deadlines pertain to your standing now, not next semester.

Technically, you register on the day corresponding to the number of credit hours you have accumulated. To find out how many hours you need to have sophomore, junior, or senior standing, visit the Deadlines page.
How can I be sure I have enough credits to graduate on time?
Computerized degree audits are available from Mary Malone in the Office of Student Records in Wingate Hall.

Students who have questions about the results of the computerized audit with reference to general education or college requirements are welcome to meet with Mindy Kezis (and bring the computerized audit in).

How do I satisfy the Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree upper-level course requirement?
Take three courses that are
  • Courses with a prerequisite.
  • At 200 level or above.
  • A total of 9 credit-hours (such as three standard courses).
They cannot be
  • Inside your major (see exception below).
  • Used to satisfy Gen Ed requirements.
They can be
  • Courses cross-listed with New Media that you didn't take as a NMD courses (eg, if you took digital music as MUS250 instead of NMD250).
  • Used to satisfy ethics or writing intensive requirements (such as ENG 317).

I'm a graduating senior in my last semester. Do I need still to set up an advising appointment when everyone else does?
No, but you should check with Student Records to confirm that you have enough credits to graduate. Also, if you receive financial aid, you may need to set up an exit interview.

Seniors in their next to last semester will still need a PIN number from their advisor to register for their final courses (such as NMD Capstone II).
General info:

Prior to taking the Portfolio Review New Media Students are limited from taking upper level NMD classes (with some exceptions such as NMD 250 and NMD 370).

If you are planning on taking the Portfolio review this Spring, you can go ahead and select 200 level NMD classes for the FALL (if however you subsequently do not end up passing the review we will have to reschedule you in non 200 level classes).

No PIN / RAN numbers will be given out for any reason until you have met with me during open office hours.

During advising due to the numbers of students now specific times will not be scheduled rather the Director will hold "Open Office" hours that you can come in for and will advise students on a first come basis.


The Process of Preregistration/Advising


Step 1 - get your worksheet/advising form from Velma if you have not gotten it already in NMD 100.

Step 2 - review the sheet and see what year one classes are listed that you still need to take for the Fall.

Step 3 - go on MaineStreet and note the specific classes needed for completion of NMD year one requirements (from Step 2, as listed on your worksheet) note the class times and the CRN numbers of the classes you want to take. Write these down as a start of a provisional schedule.

Step 4 - review the Gen Ed worksheet and suggested courses for additional classes for the fall. Select potential Gen Ed classes that fit in your schedule and fulfill unmet requirements. Check them on MaineStreet if need to be make sure that they fit with classes from Step 3 and write them down taking note of the times and CRN.

Step 5 - if you are still under a full load (12-15 credits) select elective classes to bring you up to needed credit levels (from ART, CMJ, COS or what ever interests you as electives). Check on MaineStreet and if they do not conflict with your other classes already listed write them down (with times and CRNs) to complete your provisional schedule.

Step 6 - bring the provisional schedule in to the Director during one of his open office hours and he will review your schedule and approve it if all is in order and you will then receive your PIN/RAN number, getting you ready for registration itself.

Step 7 - when your registration period arrives you can register for all classes online and then you should be all done!

If I audit a course, how does that affect my standing as a full-time student?
AUDITS DO NOT COUNT TOWARD FULL-TIME STANDING. If a student does not have FT standing, that will affect financial aid and/or housing eligibility. Also, loan repayments will not be deferred as they are for FT students.

This will also affect students who begin the term with the grade option but want to switch to audit later. In most such cases, the student would be better off to withdraw than to change to audit status.

Pass/Fail and developmental classes (university but not graduation credit) DO count toward Full-Time Standing, but may affect athletic eligibility. Athletes taking such courses should consult with Ann Maxim (maxim@maine.edu and x11833) before the end of Add-Drop.

[updated Nov 2009]
Mathematics
As of September 2011, MAT 111 no longer satisfies the Gen Ed requirement. The following courses do:

MAT 101 - The Nature and Language of Mathematics
An opportunity for non-science majors to experience the nature of mathematics and to explore the connections between mathematics and other areas of human understanding.
Satisfies the General Education Mathematics Requirement.
Credits: 3

MAT 103 - Elementary Algebraic Models in Our World
An introduction to the applications of algebra with a focus on data analysis and model building.  Topics include graphs, algebraic equations and functions.  Primary attention will be given to using linear, quadratic and exponential functions to represent and interpret real world applications.
Satisfies the General Education Mathematics Requirement.
Credits: 3

MAT 232 - Principles of Statistical Inference
Intended for students who will use statistics as an aid to the comprehension of quantitative work done by others and for students who will follow this course by an intermediate level applied statistics course. An introduction to the language and methods of statistical analysis, probability, graphic and numeric descriptive methods and inference from sample data. NOTE: because of overlap, MAT 232 and MAT 215 cannot both be taken for degree credit.
Satisfies the General Education Mathematics Requirement.
Prerequisites: Two years of high school math required.
Credits: 3