What can I expect from an advisor?
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.
What should I do to make the most of my advising appointments?
- 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!