Advising is a shared responsibility between the student and academic advisor. The objective of academic department advising is to discuss the degree requirements, review the student’s progress, and help students decide what courses they should take in the next semester. Below are a few tips to make your advising session successful.

An advisor meets with a student
Elysa Newman is the Academic Advising Coordinator for the Department of Mass Communication.

Departmental advising must take place each semester in order to have the advising hold flag lifted from your PeopleSoft student account.

Students should retain all records of meetings with their group and individual advisors.

The Academic Requirements Report is the official document used by the department and the graduation office to evaluate if you have completed the requirements for the degree. It is your responsibility to monitor your Academic Requirements Report for discrepancies. Discrepancies should be immediately reported to your advisor. To find your Academic Requirements Report, login to PeopleSoft, click on Student Dashboard --> choose the academics menu and click on “Academic Requirements Report.”

Advising Options

Find out more about  individual advising with your advisor.


First-Year-Experience students (Non-Transfer)

All students who are registered for ORIE 305 & 306 are required to meet with FYE advisors at least twice during the fall semester with at least one meeting dedicated to course selection and registration. During the spring semester FYE students are still required to meet with their advisor for registration for the following semester. General MCOM advising requirements and dates are NOT for FYE students. FYE students are NOT allowed to waive advising. FYE students will be contacted by their FYE advisors for individual and group advising dates and times. Failure to meet with an FYE advisor will prohibit registration.

Graduating Seniors

You are not required to seek advising to have your advising hold flag removed if you do not need to register for classes for the following semester, however, you are responsible for your graduation clearance. Consult your Academic Requirements Report and if there are any discrepancies, seek individual advising.

First-Semester Seniors

You must participate in advising prior to registering for next semester's classes. It is important for you to consult your Academic Requirements Report as you are ultimately responsible for your graduation clearance. You are encouraged to seek individual advising.

First-Semester Transfer Students

Once admitted to Towson University, you will attend a TU Cares Orientation session where you will meet a MCOM advisor who will help you sign up for classes and answer any questions. Transfer students may find these other links helpful: