Academic Advising Portal

Advising @ UNI

Vision, Mission and Goals Academic Advising Mission Statement

This information has been developed by the UNI Advising Council to the Provost.

Vision Statement:

UNI aspires to create the best academic advising experience for each student.

Mission Statement: 

Academic Advising is a critical component of the teaching and learning environment at UNI. Advising is a personalized educational experience, empowering students to explore, articulate and achieve their academic, career and life goals. 

Advising Goals:

  1. Promote a culture of quality academic advising through advisor education, recognition and reward, and advising program assessment.
  2. Assist students in understanding the nature and purpose of higher education.
  3. Ensure that all students have access to knowledgeable and respectful advisors.
  4. Provide accurate information about university requirements, policies, and procedures.
  5. Encourage, support and guide students to take responsibility for meeting their own educational, personal and career goals.


Organizational Structure of Advising at UNI

UNI’s undergraduate advising is structured to provide both centralized and decentralized advising. This provides for individualized delivery of advising to meet the unique demands of disciplines and special populations. 

The majority of undergraduate academic advising is provided through decentralized academic advising/advisors in the academic departments and colleges.

In the 2018-19 academic year, UNI has 328 faculty and staff identified as academic advisors on campus. Of this total, approximately 93% are faculty.


Delivery of undergraduate academic advising is determined by departments or colleges to meet the needs of their areas.

  • Two areas (College of Business and Elementary Education / Early Childhood) have advising centers staffed by professional advisors.
  • Some academic departments have professional advisors or advising coordinators.
  • Most departments assign students to faculty academic advisors who also maintain teaching responsibilities.

In addition, advisors from each college annually participate in 24 campus-wide advising/orientation events coordinated by the Office of Academic Advising.


There are centralized offices / programs that perform or support student academic advising at UNI:

  1. The Office of Academic Advising
  2. Student Support Services
  3. Academic Achievement and Retention Services
  4. Office of Student Athlete Development

These units work with students and campus-wide advisors to: 

  • Regularly collaborate on academic advising
  • Serve on advising and university committees
  • Share advising responsibilities with academic departments
  • Provide programming and academic support for student success