Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Eligibility

TRiO-Student Support Services offers free academic support services to students enrolled at UT Arlington.  Participants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who meet eligibility requirements; priority is given to students who meet two of the following:

  • Low-income college student: Students may be required  to furnish documentation of income (i.e. tax returns, W2 form, FAFSA, etc.).
  • First generation college student: This means that neither of your parents (or guardians) have completed a 4-year college degree.
  • Individual with a disability: SSS program staff will confirm registration with the UT Arlington Office for Students with Disabilities.
Visit our office in Ransom Hall, Suite 206 to fill out an application, or request one by email at triosss@uta.edu.  All new applicants are interviewed by program staff.
To receive the most benefits from program services it is recommended that new participants sign up at the beginning of a semester. The program may admit students year-round, however, it is strongly recommended that students enroll with the first four weeks of the semester.
You can participate in our program until you graduate with your first bachelor’s degree.

WHAT DEGREE WILL I GRADUATE WITH IF I CHANGE MY MAJOR TO UNIVERSITY STUDIES?

  • Students who major in the University Studies program graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in University Studies. Like other degree programs at UTA, the University Studies degree plan consists of the core curriculum, the major, and electives.

I HAVE A LOT OF CREDITS IN A SUBJECT THAT IS NOT ON THIS LIST OF CONTENT AREAS. COULD I MAKE THIS ONE OF MY CONTENT AREAS INSTEAD?

  • The University Studies degree plan is designed to be flexible and to accommodate varying areas of interest. Your academic advisor has your best interests in mind when creating a degree plan that will help you complete your degree in a timely manner. Although there may be limitations on the number of credits a student can take in certain disciplines, your academic advisor will work with you to help you understand any limitations that might apply.

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT CONTENT AREAS ARE RIGHT FOR ME? DO I CHOOSE THEM MYSELF/NEED TO DECIDE ON THEM AHEAD OF TIME?

  • Your academic advisor will create a degree plan that uses as many of your previous credits as possible to provide the fastest route for you to graduate. Many students, particularly those who come into the program with substantially more than the 60, may already have 2 content areas underway or completed.  A student may still choose from any of the three content areas that interest them, or that they feel would be beneficial to them in their career. In those situations, your academic advisor will work with you to determine the 2 content areas that are the best fit.

CAN I TAKE ANY ONLINE COURSES THAT ARE OFFERED?

  • Many academic departments at UTA offer online courses that are not restricted to students in particular programs, but are offered generally to undergraduate students across disciplines. As a University Studies student, you may be eligible to take these courses. Be aware, these online courses are subject to availability and are often in high demand. UTA's Center for Distance Education has a guide showing how to search for online classes at UTA in MyMav.

I RECENTLY APPLIED TO UTA (OR I HAVE JUST BEEN ADMITTED TO UTA). WHAT NEXT?

  • University Studies academic advisors can provide their best service to you if all of your transcripts have been evaluated and are posted in MyMav (UTA’s Student Information System). Once you are notified by Admissions that you have been admitted and that your transfer credit evaluation has been posted, please schedule an appointment with an academic advisor here. All questions about transfer credits must be directed to Admissions.

I AM INTERESTED IN THE UNIVERSITY STUDIES AND HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF PRIOR PROFESSIONAL AND LIFE EXPERIENCE. DO YOU OFFER ACADEMIC CREDIT FOR THIS? OR I HAVE MANY COLLEGE CREDITS ALREADY. HOW MANY OF THEM WILL COUNT, AND HOW MANY CREDITS WILL I HAVE LEFT?

  • Please see the following link for information from the Office of Admissions regarding the type of credit that can be accepted for transfer into UTA. Additionally, please visit UTA’s Testing Center for information regarding credit by examination.

I WAS PREVIOUSLY ADMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY STUDIES PROGRAM, BUT DID NOT ENROLL IN CLASSES AT THE TIME. I AM INTENDING TO RETURN TO UTA TO COMPLETE MY UNIVERSITY STUDIES DEGREE IN A FUTURE SEMESTER. CAN AN ADVISOR ASSIST ME IN DETERMINING WHAT CLASSES I SHOULD BE TAKING ELSEWHERE THAT WILL WORK ON MY DEGREE PLAN WHEN I RETURN?

I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS NOT ANSWERED HERE. HOW CAN I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO SPEAK WITH AN ADVISOR?

  • Please schedule an appointment with an academic advisor here. Advisors are available to see students on Wednesday evenings and the University Advising Center is also open on Saturday from 9am-1pm.

DEGREE FAQS

WHERE DO I GO TO LOG INTO DEGREE MAP?

  • To access Degree Map, click here.
  • You will be prompted to login with your NetID and Password.

I AM NOT ABLE TO LOG INTO DEGREE MAP. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

  • Please make sure you are using your NetID and password.
  • Please visit the helpdesk@uta.edu or phone at 817-272-2208. 

I AM A GRADUATE STUDENT. WHEN I LOG INTO DEGREE MAP, I RECEIVE A MESSAGE THAT I DO NOT HAVE ACCESS. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

  • Currently, Degree Map is only available for use at the Undergraduate level. 

WHAT DOES THE REFRESH PROMPT MESSAGE I SEE AT THE TOP OF DEGREE MAP DO?

  • The Refresh button prompts you to update your account to display the most recent degree plan information.
  • Click the refresh button to update Degree Map and ensure you are viewing the most accurate data.

THE PROFILE PAGE: WHAT INFORMATION DOES IT PROVIDE?

  • The profile page uses degree trackers to display your progress towards estimated degree completion and provides an overview of student personal and academic information, advisor information, and course history.

HOW DO I SET AN EDUCATIONAL GOAL?

  • Navigate to the Profile page.
  • Locate the Educational Goal within the Personal section of the Profile page.
  • Select an educational goal from the dropdown menu located beneath the Educational Goal heading. Complete additional fields prompted after your selection.
  • Click Save.

WHAT INFORMATION CAN I FIND ON THE DEGREE PROGRESS TRACKER?

  • The degree progress tracker displays the overall estimated degree progress towards degree completion. It also displays estimated progress in the majors, minors, and certificates that make up your degree.

DEGREE PROGRESS PAGE: WHAT INFORMATION DOES IT PROVIDE?

  • Degree progress provides a comprehensive list of your degree requirements and makes it simple for you to select and plan courses for future terms.

HOW CAN I TELL WHEN DEGREE MAP WAS LAST UPDATED?

  • You can find the date and time of the most recent Degree Map update to the left of the Print icon.
  • When you first open Degree Map, you may be prompted to refresh your account. Click the refresh button to update Degree Map and ensure you are viewing the most accurate data.

WHAT DO THE COLORS ON THE PAGE MEAN?

  • Blue means in progress.
  • Red means it needs attention.
  • Green means completed.
  • Orange means still needs to be completed.

HOW DO I SEE WHAT COURSES I HAVE LEFT?

  • To see what courses you have left, click on the Filter Icon, and check the box by Remaining.

HOW DO I PLAN A COURSE FROM THE REQUIREMENT LIST?

  • From the left-rail, expand the program and requirement group you’d like to plan. If there are courses remaining to fulfill the requirement, you’ll see a Plan Course button beneath the individual requirement
  • Click Plan Course and an overlay will appear, allowing you to make a few selections. Start by selecting when to plan the course. Click the Term dropdown to select from the next several upcoming terms.
  • Next, if this requirement can be fulfilled by multiple courses, select which course to plan or apply filters to find the desired course.
  • When you are ready to add a specific course, click the Plan button to the right of the course details to add it to the selected term.

HOW DO I PLAN A COURSE FROM AN UPCOMING TERM?

  • Upcoming terms will have empty placeholders for planned courses beneath the term heading. To add courses to the upcoming term, click browse the course catalog or drag a course from the left rail to the desired term.
  • If you click browse the catalog, an overlay will appear with options to search for a course listed in the course catalog.
  • Note: Courses planned using this method may not meet remaining degree requirements. Check with your advisor for additional assistance.

HOW DO I REMOVE A PLANNED COURSE?

  • To remove a planned course, find the course you want to remove and click the ‘x’ in the upper right hand corner of the course box. Click confirm to complete removing the course.

WHAT IS THIS ICON? i icon

  • This icon appears throughout Degree map, and provides more information on the content you are viewing. Hover over the icon to view additional information.

WHAT DOES AN ALERT MEAN?

  • Alerts help keep you on track by signaling courses that require a prerequisite or that should be planned in consultation with an advisor. These are indicated by a yellow ‘course alert’ icon that appears below the course in question. Additionally, a number will appear in parentheses immediately after the alert. This number is indicative of the number of alerts for that specific course.

HOW DO I PRINT MY PLAN?

  • You can print a copy of your plan by clicking the print icon on the Degree Progress page.

EXPLORE DEGREES: WHAT INFORMATION DOES IT PROVIDE?

  • Explore Degrees empowers you to run “what if” scenarios, allowing you to see how earned credits apply to majors, minors, and certificates at your institution.

HOW DO I COMPARE MY DEGREE WITH ANOTHER DEGREE?

  • Navigate to Explore Degrees and click on the Compare Degrees link.
  • Choose one of the options from the dropdown menu and review the resulting options. Each surfaced result will display a percentage demonstrating your progress in that program, based on the credits that you have already completed.
  • Find the program that you are most interested in, and click the blue link that states ‘read more.’ This will take you to a page that explains at a detailed level what courses need to be completed in the new program to claim that credential.

EXPLORE CAREERS: WHAT INFORMATION DOES IT PROVIDE?

  • Explore Careers helps you identify career opportunities that best match your declared degree and answers the question, “What can I do with this major?” You can find a summary of the job demand, required skills, salary overview, and potential job opportunities for a career. It also allows you to explore alternative career opportunities at the national, regional, and local level.

HOW DO I SET A CAREER GOAL?

  • Click on the name of the career.
  • Next, click on Make This My Career Goal button.
  • The career goal you selected will appear on the Personal section of the Profile page.

FIRST YEAR FAQS

HOW MANY HOURS CAN I TAKE IN MY FIRST SEMESTER?

  • 15 hours is recommended for a first-semester freshman, while some students may take as many as 17 hours.

Note: The maximum enrollment for any student in good academic standing is 19 credit hours for Fall and Spring.

I WANT TO TAKE A SPECIFIC COURSE, WHY CAN’T I?

  • You will only be advised for courses that are on your degree plan. Any course that is not on your degree plan must have prior approval by your academic advisor or the academic department.

I DON’T WANT TO TAKE MATH OR ENGLISH RIGHT NOW--DO I HAVE TO?

  • We advise all first-year students to take Math and English in their first semester, unless credit has been previously earned.

HOW CAN I CONTACT MY ADVISOR AFTER ORIENTATION?

  • The best way to contact your advisor is via email. Be sure to include your 10-digit Maverick ID number in all email correspondence.

I WANT TO KNOW ALL OF THE CLASSES THAT I NEED FOR MY DEGREE – CAN I HAVE A DEGREE PLAN?

  • Degree requirements are listed in the UTA catalog by major and most academic departments post degree plans on their website. It is important to become familiar with the catalog and department website for information on University policies, procedures, and degree requirements.

HAVE TEST CREDIT, BUT MY SCORES HAVEN’T BEEN SENT YET. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

  • You must request any test scores to be sent to UTA directly from the test company. We can advise for courses based on your reported credit, however you may be restricted from enrollment into certain classes until you show proof of any completed prerequisite(s). We will accept a copy of your score report for advising purposes, but we are unable to process any course overrides.

I HAVEN’T RECEIVED MY AP/IB/CLEP/SAT II SCORES YET – WHAT DO I DO?

  • You will be advised for courses as if you do not have that test credit. Once your scores are available, be sure to have these submitted to UTA via College Board or IBO. You must follow up with your advisor via email to make any necessary adjustments to your schedule.

HOW DO I GET CREDIT FOR MY TEST SCORES AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED THROUGH COLLEGE BOARD?

  • You will need to claim your credit in MyMav. In MyMav, go to Main Menu --> UTA Customizations --> UTA Testing Services --> Petition for Credit. Select the credit you want to claim, then click “submit.”

SHOULD I CLAIM MY TEST CREDIT OR TAKE THE COURSE? CAN I DO BOTH?

  • You cannot claim your credit and take the course; that would be considered an illegal repeat. However, you can choose to take a course without claiming the credit.

I SENT IN MY HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT WITH MY DUAL CREDIT ON IT - WHY IS IT NOT IN YOUR SYSTEM?

  • Your dual credit transcript must be sent to UTA from the college where you took the credit.

HOW CAN I SHOW PROOF OF DUAL CREDIT I HAVE EARNED?

  • Please give transcripts to your advisor on Day 1 or Day 2 of orientation. Credit may take several days to show up in MyMav, so your advisor can process any course overrides on Day 2 as needed. Acceptable proof of dual credit can be an official or unofficial transcript issued by the institution. We will not be able to accept printouts, pictures, or screenshots. After orientation, you must submit your transcripts to the Office of Admissions. 

I NOTICED THAT I AM ALREADY ENROLLED IN FALL CLASSES, BUT I DON’T LIKE THE TIMES. CAN I MAKE CHANGES TO MY SCHEDULE?

  • You will be given a schedule of classes related to your Learning Community on the morning of Day 2 during advising at New Maverick Orientation. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to enroll in additional classes that you were advised for during your advising session. If you want to change a specific course after orientation, please contact your advisor for approval.

I NOTICED THAT I AM ENROLLED IN A CLASS I HAVE CREDIT FOR. CAN THIS BE CHANGED?

  • Your advisor has pre-enrolled you into courses for your major based on any existing credit you have on file. Please email your designated advisor after orientation to make any necessary adjustments to your schedule once you can provide evidence that you have successfully completed your course(s).

I AM INTERESTED IN PURSUING TWO MAJORS. HOW DO I GO ABOUT DOING THAT?

  • During your time as a University College student, your advisement is focused on your primary major of choice. Additionally, many degrees do not recommend dual majors due to course sequencing. Once you have transitioned to your major department, you can discuss a second major with your academic department.

I WANT TO PURSUE A MINOR. AM I ABLE TO DO THIS? 

  • Minor requirements vary by program and degree, so we typically do not advise students for minors in the first year. While some degrees have a minor built in, others do not and any minor will be added to the total number of hours required to complete your degree program. This can be discussed with your academic department once you have transitioned to your major department.

CAN I GRADUATE IN 3 YEARS?

  • Your graduation date primarily depends on your major course sequencing and your general class loads throughout your semesters, plus summer enrollment.

CAN I CHANGE MY MAJOR AFTER ORIENTATION?

  • Yes, if you are unsure of your major, we recommend consultation with an academic advisor who will provide information on how to access the Major Exploration exercise via Blackboard.