CAPPA Advisor with UTA Student


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 Live Chat widget in the bottom right of this page.
  • Questions are answered in the order received.
  • Sample simple questions:
    • When does registration begin for next semester?
    • When is last day to drop a class?  

EXPRESS ADVISING (Walk-in *limited)

  • For topics such as elective options, GPA issues, transfer credits, core curriculum requirements, or a comprehensive academic review, a student should book an appointment instead of using Express Advising. 
  • Express advising in-person is offered 3-5 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays** and is limited to 10 minutes in length per student.
  • Check in at the CAPPA front desk with your name, student #, level/program, and question/issue. 
  • If an advisor is not available during Express Advising hours due to a high volume of submissions, you will be contacted by UTA email or phone when the advisor is next available.
**Express Advising is unavailable when Peak Advising is in effect, please see Simple Questions 

Peak Advising Dates:

  • Mid-October thru Early-December
  • Mid-March through Early-May


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.


Our faculty and advising staff are dedicated to the success of our students. We also offer a variety of student organizations that enhance the academic experience and build professional skills. Students are encouraged to apply for the many scholarships available through the University and those established by the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, outside agencies, and individuals. Scholarship services and counseling are available through the Office of Enrollment and Student Services.

*The following information is adapted from the NACADA Statement of Core Values

Academic Advisors value and are dedicated to excellence in all dimensions of student success. Advisors are committed to students, colleagues, institutions and the profession through assessment, scholarly inquiry, lifelong learning, and professional development. 


Academic Advisors act in accordance with the values of the profession of advising for the greater good of students, colleagues, institutions, and higher education. Advisors value honesty, transparency, and accountability to the student, institution and to the advising profession.
Academic Advisors motivate, encourage, and support students and the greater educational community to recognize their potential, meet challenges, and respect and express individuality. Advisors respond to and are accessible to others in ways that support, nurture and teach and build relationships through empathetic listening and compassion for students, colleagues and others.

Academic Advisors respect, engage, and value a supportive culture for diverse populations and build positive relationships by understanding and appreciating students’ views. Advisors strive to create and support environments that consider the needs and perspectives of students, institutions, and colleagues through openness, acceptance, and equity while treating students with sensitivity and fairness.



  • 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

Cheryl Donaldson is the Director for Academic/Student Affairs & Advising.