Academic Advising

Every student wants to pursue an academic path that’s meaningful, sensible and compatible with their goals in life. Academic advising will provide you with the information you need to make that happen. Your plan will likely change, even if only a little bit, from the time you begin school to the time you’re ready to graduate. An academic adviser can help you clarify and evaluate your goals as they develop and identify helpful alternatives of which you might not otherwise have been aware.

As a new first-year student, you will participate in a special advising program administered by the Center for Academic Success and Life Coaching called START – Student Testing Advising, Registration, and Transition program. Your life coach, who you will meet during START, will walk you through planning and scheduling classes and give you general information about the University. Transfer and returning students are advised by a faculty member within a student’s academic major.

Advising Mission – Maryville University’s advising mission is to create a collaborative educational journey which empowers students to accomplish their personal, academic and professional developmental goals.

Advising Definition
Maryville University’s advising definition is a collaborative student-centered journey that empowers students to identify and achieve academic, professional and personal goals, and helps students navigate Maryville University’s systems and policies.

Undeclared Major
If you are questioning what major you would like to study, don’t worry. You have plenty of time and a wealth of resources to help you decide. The Office of Career Success & Professional Development can help you explore options for your future by providing insight and information about the majors Maryville offers and where they can lead. Until you declare a major, you will be assigned an adviser through the Center for Academic Success and Life Coaching who specializes in assisting students with the major clarification process.

Declared Major
Once you declare a major, you will be assigned a life coach who will guide you in creating a course of study consistent with your personal goals and Maryville’s institutional standards.  Your life coach’s name and contact information may be found on AccessMaryville under “My Profile.”


You must get approval from your life coach or adviser before registering for classes each semester. We highly recommend you meet with this person on a regular basis to discuss your progress and for guidance regarding academic progress in your courses, internship possibilities and class schedule.

The Center for Academic Success and Life Coaching is located in the University Library. To make an appointment, please call 314.529.9477.