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Academic advising

The UMSI Academic Programs and Student Life (APSL) team’s mission is to empower students to think broadly about their education and to create meaningful academic plans and student experiences that will prepare them to reach their personal and professional goals. Academic advisors challenge and support students to become self-directed learners, informed decision makers and engaged members of the UMSI community and beyond. This is achieved in practice through individual conversations, group advising, and other programs/resources (e.g., Canvas/Coursera sites, academic planning guides, faculty talks). 

The team supports four academic programs at UMSI including students in the Bachelor of Science in Information, Master of Applied Data Science, Master of Health Informatics and Master of Science in Information. We support these students through scheduled appointments via a scheduling system, regularly scheduled drop-in advising appointments, and events which support students’ academic planning. We also offer academic advising via online systems used within UMSI such as email, Slack, and Canvas/Coursera announcements. 

For more information, access to academic planning resources, and to contact an academic advisor, current students should refer to their program-specific academic advising site.

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A resume workshop with the UMSI Career Development Office.

Academic support

There are a variety of supports that we offer students during their time at UMSI, including proactive programming via iSuccess, tutoring, and skills enrichment workshops. We also help students navigate the numerous resources available at the University of Michigan, including advice on funding, support services on campus and finding a place to live. Through academic advising, we promote early intervention mechanisms to identify students of concern through our faculty and academic difficulty reporting. The university also provides a wide range of services that students can access directly.

  • Accommodation support: UMSI is committed to the academic success, access, professional development and general well-being of all students. Information about Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) is available at ssd.umich.edu. Academic advisors are available to support students through the process of getting registered with SSD.
  • iSuccess: iSuccess is a series of activities and programs designed to support BSI transfer students’ successful transition to the University of Michigan and School of Information. iSuccess focuses on cohort-building while providing space for transfer students to address the unique opportunities and challenges they encounter as students new to the University of Michigan.
  • Tutoring: UMSI's curriculum offers a hands-on approach to your educational success with office hours for each course shared with students and updated each term to connect quickly to instructors. In addition to support from instructors and graduate student instructors, there are other resources available such as a student tutor directory and free tutoring available for our programming courses. Academic advisors are available to offer additional support and resources as needed.

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  • More in-depth information about our degree programs
  • Tips and advice for creating a successful application 
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