The Advising Office in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington aspires to guide and facilitate students to have a successful academic experience and to be a positive influence toward their academic and career paths. See Advising Guidelines below. 

Cheryl Donaldson
Asst. Director for Academic Affairs and Advising





An Advisor’s role is to:
  • Provide you with accurate, up-to-date information about the University’s programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Assist you in developing an educational plan that takes into consideration your academic background, course prerequisites, and career plans.
  • Guide you so that you may take advantage of the wide variety of services and educational opportunities that are offered by UTA.
  • Periodically evaluate your progress toward your academic goals.
  • Offer advising assistance when academic difficulties arise.
  • Allow convenient access to advising services through scheduled appointments.
  • Answer questions clarifying transfer credits and if appropriate, initiate the process to have transfer courses re-evaluated.
  • Keep a detailed record of issues discussed during advising appointments and follow-up with you in a timely manner on issues not resolved during your appointment.
The Student's responsibilities are to:
  • Familiarize yourself with your degree requirements, course prerequisites, deadlines, policies, and procedures as listed on the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs website.
  • Make an appointment prior to registration.
  • Remember to cancel the appointment if you cannot attend. (Advisors may not be available for drop-in appointments, even for a quick question.) Don’t wait until the last minute!
  • Come prepared to your advising appointment.
  • Develop a potential schedule and create a list of questions to review with your advisor.
  • Ask your advisor for information about campus resources and opportunities in your areas of interest.
  • Students must meet with your advisor every semester to be cleared to register. Freshman and students on academic probation will need to meet with an advisor quarterly. Upper-class students should meet with an advisor at least once a year to make sure you are on target for graduation.
  • Keep copies of your academic records, transcripts, and planning materials.
  • Verify with an advisor the information you hear through the grapevine.
  • Accept responsibility for your own decisions!