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.

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

New students are advised only during their orientation sessions. Prior to 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/accepted to begin in the College of Visual Arts and Design.

Continuing Student — a student who has completed UNT Orientation

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

  • If you are already a UNT student and are interested in becoming a CVAD major, we recommend the UNT Advising Services web page for “Exploring Majors.”
  • It is strongly recommended that all continuing students meet with their academic advisor before the beginning of each registration period.
  • All CVAD students completing their first two semesters at UNT must meet with an advisor before their next registration period to obtain an advising code.
  • 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.

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.

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, this app is available only to current students at UNT. If you are a new admit 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.

  • New “Same Day Appts” (Think “drop-in” advising!) More on these below.
  • Full 30-minute appointments must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. You should schedule one of these for things such as changing your major or creating a full graduation plan.
  • Notice the “Last Name” options — if listed, be sure to select the one for the first letter of your last name.

Consider the date and your schedule.

  • 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 the "Same Day Appts" option?

Looking for where/how to meet options?

  • After you choose a day/time, 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.

Appointments can fill up and at the busiest times of the year, your advisor may not have any appointments available in the timeframe you can see. But busy times usually also mean more “same day” or drop-in options, too!

The CVAD Advising Office also is available to help; see hours and contact information below.

New to the Navigate app or need help scheduling?

Drop-in Advising • Same-day Advising

Spring 2022 start of Semester Drop-In Advising is now “Same Day Appts” in the UNT Navigate app!

These 15-minute meetings are scheduled in Navigate but are not available 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.

First Week of Classes: Daily Drop-in Schedule

Tuesday–Friday, Jan. 18–21, 9–11:30 a.m. and 1:30–4 p.m.

Weekly drop-ins for the spring semester begin the week of Jan. 24–28 — still Tuesday mornings and Wednesday afternoons, more to come! For more on the upcoming Spring 2022 semester, visit the UNT Office of the Registrar's web page: UNT Spring 2022 Registration Guide.

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.–5 p.m.

CVAD academic advisors are available for all currently enrolled undergraduate students.

If you are already a UNT student and interested in becoming a CVAD major, we recommend the UNT Advising Services web page for “Exploring Majors.”

Advising procedures vary by college. 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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