Preparing for an Advising Appointment

Because students are expected to be active participants in the advising process you should prepare before coming to your advising appointment.

  1. Understand degree requirements of colleges and majors you are considering.
  2. Know the university’s advising policy, and schedule your advising appointment early.
  3. Be prompt for your appointment.
  4. Review the curriculum before your appointment.
  5. Explore university resources.
  6. Be aware of drop/add deadlines and additional university requirements.
  7. Read course descriptions to be aware of any prerequisites and co requisites.
  8. Prepare a list of questions for you and your advisor to discuss.
  9. Know what courses are being offered by reviewing the timetable of classes.
  10. Review your DARS report.
  11. Review your uTrack report.

How to schedule your advising appointment online using GradesFirst.

 Instructions – scheduling

All advising centers use GradesFirst for appointment scheduling. Academic departments are increasingly using GradesFirst as well. Check to see if your major department is using GradesFirst below.

College Department
Agriculture and Natural Resources Animal Science
  Biosystems Engineering
  Environmental Soil Science
  Food Science and Technology
  Plant Sciences
Architecture & Design n/a
Arts & Sciences Anthropology
  Biological Sciences
  Chemistry
  Classics
  College Scholars
  Economics
  English
  Geography
  History
  Mathematics
  Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures
  Music
  Philosophy
  Physics
  Political Science
  Psychology
  Religious Studies
  Theatre
Communication & Information
Education, Health, & Human Sciences
Engineering
Haslam College of Business n/a
Nursing n/a
Social Work Social Work