CAPPA Advising


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.




There are 3 ways to get advising: Simple Questions, Express Advising, and Advising Appointments.


  • Click on the Simple Questions button.
  • Submit the short form, indicating your preferred mode of contact (Teams, phone, email). You may submit the form anytime, 24/7. Questions are answered in the order received. Please allow one complete business day for a response.
  • If your preferred mode of contact is email, use your UTA email address: advising information cannot be sent to non-UTA email addresses.
  • Sample simple questions:
    • When does registration begin for next semester?
    • When is last day to drop a class? 

Simple Question Form



  • Express advising by phone or in-person is offered 3-5 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and is limited to 10 minutes in length per student.
  • Submit the Express Advising form during the hours listed above and indicate whether you are a walk-in or want to be contacted by phone or Teams.
  • Students are contacted in the order in which Express Advising forms are received.
  • A CAPPA advisor will call you or see you if you are a walk-in during Express Advising hours.
  • If an advisor is not able to respond during Express Advising hours due to a high volume of submissions, you will receive a message to your UTA email account.
  • For topics such as elective options, transfer credits, core curriculum requirements, or a comprehensive academic review, a student should book an appointment instead of using Express Advising. 

**Express Advising unavailable due to Peak Advising in effect, please see Simple Questions**



  • Click on the appropriate program area and use the Bookings site to make your appointment. 
  • After hours appointments for Tuesdays and Thursday 5-6 pm are available, but they need to be scheduled through Bookings the day before.  
Undergraduate Degrees Appointment
Graduate Degrees Appointment
Minors Appointment
Certificates Appointment

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  • Familiarize yourself with your degree requirements, course prerequisites, deadlines, policies, and procedures.
  • Make an appointment prior to course registration.
  • Remember to cancel the appointment if you cannot attend.
  • 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!


  • To provide you with accurate, up-to-date information about the University’s programs, policies, and procedures.
  • To assist you in developing an educational plan that takes into consideration your academic background, course prerequisites, and career plans.
  • To guide you so that you may take advantage of the wide variety of services and educational opportunities that are offered by UTA.
  • To periodically evaluate your progress toward your academic goals.
  • To offer advising assistance when academic difficulties arise.
  • To allow convenient access to advising services through scheduled appointments.
  • To answer questions clarifying transfer credits and if appropriate, initiate the process to have transfer courses re-evaluated.
  • To 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.

Cheryl Donaldson

Cheryl Donaldson

Director for Academic and Student Affairs