I Still Have My PMA Hold - What Do I Do?

Wait! Are you sure it’s your Pre-Major Advisor (PMA) hold? Always go to your Axess Student Center, look at the Holds listed in the right-hand column, and click on Details to identify the hold on your account. Your PMA can lift your Advisor Enrollment Hold, but cannot help you if you have a hold from Vaden, Financial Aid, Student Check-In, etc. (For Registrar/Academic Standing holds, consult your Academic Advising Director/AARC Advisor.)

Remember, your Pre-Major Advisor is not just a freshman advisor. You will continue to meet with and work with your PMA until you declare a major. You need to contact your PMA and arrange a telephone, skype, or in‐person meeting. Use this meeting as a chance to reflect backwards on your freshman year and forwards on your sophomore year.

  • What good habits should you bring with you from freshman year?
  • What skills and capacities would you like to develop in your sophomore year?
  • What are you excited about returning to at Stanford? What are you concerned about?
  • What are you thinking you might major in? Ideally, you’ll have eliminated some potential options, and raised others to the top of your list.
  • How can you use the rest of summer and classes in fall and winter to help you decide on a major?

After you have allowed your PMA several days to respond and tried to reach him or her twice, if you are still having difficulty connecting with your PMA, you should reach out to your Academic Advising Director to see if s/he can help you.