Academic Advising: What and When

What is advisement?

Academic advisement is a collaborative meeting between a student and an advisor in which career goals, course selection, degree requirements and campus resources are discussed. As an advisee it is your responsibility to fully engage in advisement by making yourself aware of the degree requirements, asking questions during advisement and completing the academic action plan you and your advisor agree upon.

Who advises me?

All juniors and seniors majoring in a degree that is housed within the Department of University Studies (US) must be advised by their US academic advisor. Our advisors are assigned cohorts by student last name; please see below for your assigned academic advisor.

  • Last names beginning with A-I: Tina Rich
  • Last names beginning with J-Z: Please contact the department. 

When should I get advised?

All US students are advised at least once per semester. We offer on-site (on person) or remote advising (by phone, email or virtual session). Generally, academic advisement will begin in March for May mini, summer and fall classes and in October for winter mini and spring classes. Advisement is required for all students within the Department of University Studies.

How can I schedule an advising appointment?

Students can call 409-880-7571 to schedule either an office or phone advising appointment.
The advising office for junior and senior US students is located in the TAGS building. 

When do I register?

Generally, you will begin registering for classes in April (May mini, summer, fall) and November (winter mini and spring). Registration holds from various departments across campus (i.e. Cashier’s office or mandatory advisement) will prevent you from registering. Contact these departments before the registration period begins so that you are cleared to enroll in classes.