Undergraduate Academic Advising, The Milnes Advising Center

Helping you craft your CVAD experience — get advised!

Let's get started! Are you...

  1. Not yet admitted or enrolled? Visit the Future Student page.
  2. An admitted student starting in the summer or fall semester? Register for UNT Orientation and CVAD advisors will see you there!
  3. A graduate student? Visit the Graduate Student Advising page.
  4. A former or returning student — you have not attended in 12 months? Re-apply to get started in the Registrar's Office.
  5. A currently-enrolled undergraduate student? This is your page!

About CVAD Advising

Undergraduate Student Advising for Currently-Enrolled Students: In support of student success, academic advising is a collaborative partnership between advisors and students. Academic advisors use a holistic and developmental approach to help students define, clarify, and achieve academic, personal, and career goals.

Academic advisors in CVAD provide the following for currently enrolled undergraduate students.

  • Help with course selection
  • Help with degree-progress planning
  • Degree audits
  • Graduation checks
  • Referrals to campus resources, such as Financial Aid, Housing, Office of Disability Access, and faculty or departments. These areas are not academic advising, but we are happy to help you get to them! And, be sure to check out the CVAD and Campus Resources web pages.

When should I meet with my advisor?

That depends on whether you are a new or continuing student.  All students are assigned to a CVAD advisor, but who you meet with and when starts depends on whether you're in your first year at UNT or a continuing student — in your second or subsequent year of undergraduate study at UNT.

New Student — an incoming freshman or transfer student who has not yet attended UNT Orientation

New students are advised only during their orientation sessions. Before attending their UNT Orientation appointment, new students (freshmen or transfer students) do not schedule or request advising appointments. New students have special sessions during their orientation.

Transfer Admissions

A word about transfer admissions — you do not need an associate’s degree, a two-year degree, to transfer. You can read more about coming to UNT as a transfer student on the Transfer Admissions website. Incoming transfer students do not have a separate admissions process, and no portfolio is required or accepted to begin in the College of Visual Arts and Design.

CVAD First-Year Advising

Beginning in May 2022, all new students meet with senior advising staff at Orientation and for their first year.  All CVAD students completing their first two semesters at UNT must meet with an advisor before their next registration period to have the “advising hold” removed.

Continuing Student — a student who has completed UNT Orientation

Advising is available year-round for continuing students. After you complete orientation and complete your first year, you are considered a continuing student.

UNT Student, but not a CVAD major — yet!: If you are already a UNT student and interested in majoring in a CVAD program of study, we recommend the UNT Advising Services web page for “Exploring Majors.”  Students already attending UNT and wishing to change their major to a program in CVAD should make an appointment with their soon-to-be CVAD advisor using the “Academic Advising: Interested in Major Change” service option.  Don’t forget, you can and should check out our CVAD Curriculum Guides in advance!

Academic Standing: Students with an advising hold due to academic probation or other standings should schedule an appointment with their advisor. This is how you will get the hold removed to register for future classes.

All students are assigned to a CVAD advisor; see more information on this page in the Advising Office Contact Information section. 

Advising Appointments and Options

How do I schedule an appointment?

Appointments are scheduled by accessing the Navigate app. For login assistance, please email navigate@unt.edu with your name and student ID number. Please note that this app is available only to current students at UNT. If you are newly admitted or a prospective student, you will not be able to log in until you are fully admitted, and it gets closer to your first semester.

Scheduling Tips

Navigate uses a rolling calendar and new appointments become available almost daily. Check back!

Be sure to check the “Services” options, which will update the availabilities that you can see.

  • “CVAD First-Year Advising”  these are specifically for new CVAD students in their first year.
  • “Last Name __-__” — these are full 30-minute appointments and must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. You should schedule one of these for things such as changing your major within CVAD or creating a full graduation plan. Be sure to select the one for the first letter of your last name.
  • “Advising Director Appt (Pre-Approval Needed)" — students may be referred to these appointments based on special cases or situations.  If you are interested in scheduling, please use the contact information on this web page to obtain pre-approval.
  • Drop-Ins and/or CVAD Same-Day Appointments — these happen during the “long semesters” — fall and spring, most often at the start of the semester or during the opening of registration for the next semester. Read on for more information.

Consider the date and your schedule.

  • The “Pick a Date” field will auto-populate — we recommend not changing this and just clicking “Find Available Time.”  This is how you’ll see the most available days and times.
  • Appointments are shown only for dates up to three weeks in advance.
  • Navigate won’t show you appointments that occur during times of your current class-meeting times.
  • Did you check all the options available? You can search only one option at a time.

Looking for where and how to meet options?

  • In Navigate, you can see up to three options: In-Person, Online, and Phone.
  • Not all options are always available; you can always try another day or time.
  • For help with Zoom, the online option, visit the UNT Online Zoom Basics web page.

The CVAD Undergraduate Advising Office also is available to help; see hours and the Advising Office Contact information on this page. 

New to the Navigate app or need help scheduling?

Drop-in Advising • Same-day Advising

These 15-minute meetings are scheduled in Navigate but are unavailable until the “same day.” They are best for “quick questions” and immediate items such as the following.

  • Adding a class
  • Dropping/changing a class
  • Finding a "back-up option" since you are on a waitlist

Changing your major or creating a full graduation plan are good examples of things that cannot be covered in 15 minutes and require an appointment.

Weekly Drop-in Schedule and Registration Days

Fall 2022 Drop-in Advising

Weekly drop-ins occur during the long semesters — fall and spring — and are schedule as follows. These are for all undergraduate CVAD students.

  • Every Tuesday, 9–11:30 a.m., and
  • Wednesday, 1:30–4 p.m.


  • Nov. 21–25: No drop-ins are offered the week of the Fall Break, Nov. 21-25. 
  • Dec. 5–9: The last week for Fall 2022 drop-ins is Dec. 5-9.

Drop-ins for Spring 2023 Registration

  • Mondays: 9–11:30 a.m. and 1:30–4 p.m.

Open to students based on academic classification.

  • Oct. 10 — Seniors (90+ earned credit hours)
  • Oct. 17 — Juniors (60-89 earned credit hours)
  • Oct. 24 — Sophomores (30-59 earned credit hours)
  • Oct. 31 — Freshmen (0-29 earned credit hours)

If you do not know your academic classification, we recommend that you review your online degree audit.

For more information on the upcoming semesters, visit the UNT Office of the Registrar's web page: Academic Calendars by Semester. 

Advising Office Contact Information

940-565-2216 | CVAD.Advising@unt.edu
Appointments: Log in to Navigate
Location: Art Building, The Milnes Advising Center, Room 232
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–noon and 1–5 p.m.  |  Closed from noon to 1 p.m.

Who is your advisor?

CVAD academic advisors are available for all currently enrolled undergraduate students. As of May 2022, all new students are assigned to the First-Year-at-UNT Student Group CVAD First-Year Advising; continuing students — those who started at UNT before May 2022, are assigned to advisors based on the first letter of their last name.

CVAD First-Year Advising 

All students who are new to UNT will be advised for the student's first full year by Senior Academic Advisors Heather Close or Laura Hernandez.

Continuing Students — Advising by Student's Last Name

All CVAD continuing students meet with the CVAD advisor according to the student's last name.

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Tyler Bajula | P-S

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Kelli Butler | G-K

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Heather Close | A-B, T-Z

Erin Donahoe-Rankin, director, undergraduate advising

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Meetings by case or request

Advising procedures vary by college. Please contact the CVAD Advising Office for CVAD-specific information. For additional information, visit the UNT Advising website.


Note: Should you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability to fully participate in a CVAD event, please contact the CVAD Dean's Office, cvad@unt.edu, 940-565-4001. For voice access, dial 1-800-RELAYTX (735-2989). Please make the request as soon as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

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