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Academic Advising

Advising Basics

Few experiences in your academic career have as much potential for influencing your collegiate experience as academic advising. Whether you are an exploratory major, pursuing a major in the College of Arts and Sciences, or interested in one of the majors the professional schools have to offer, your academic advisor is an expert in guiding you toward degree completion.

Along with your advisor's expertise, you should remember that a positive academic advising experience also depends on you taking an active role in the process. Particularly during peak advising and registration periods, you will only have a short amount of time with your advisor (and likely a significant amount of information to cover).

Prior to meeting with your advisor, be sure to do the following to help maximize your appointment time:

  1. Review your online degree evaluation. For step-by-step assistance in navigating your degree evaluation, watch the Degree Evaluation informational video under Student FAQs.
  2. Based on the information presented on your degree evaluation, you may find it helpful to begin developing a 4-Year Graduation Plan. Not only will this serve as a guide for what classes to take and when to take those over the next several years, but it will also help you in establishing short and long term goals related to your academic success. If you need additional assistance in developing your graduation plan, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Students First Office.
  3. Use the class schedule in UNCGenie to check course availability for the upcoming semester. Typically, the course schedule becomes available in mid-October and mid-March so that you can begin planning for the next term.
  4. Using the information from your degree evaluation, the UNCGenie Class Schedule, and the Undergraduate Bulletin, create some sample schedules to discuss with your advisor. In addition to your ideal schedule, have two or three alternative choices in case class sections close before your registration window opens.
  5. Write down a list of questions you want to ask your advisor or other topics you may want to discuss. These can include questions about transfer credit, adding a major or minor, requesting a course overload, your GPA, academic good standing – or any other questions that are on your mind!

Once you have done all the steps above, schedule an appointment and meet with your advisor during the agreed time. If you aren't sure who your advisor is or how to contact them, visit the Look Up Your Advisor" section on this website or watch the Advisor Look-Up instructional video to find the information in UNCGenie.

As you prepare for advising each semester, it may also be helpful to remember the following requirements and procedures:

  • You must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours to be considered a full-time student. However, on average, students typically enroll in 15-17 semester hours each semester so that they can stay on track to graduate in 4 years.
  • Students are not permitted to take more than 18 semester hours each fall or spring semester without first receiving approval from the Students First Office. If you would like to take more than 18 semester hours, you must fill out the Course Overload Request Form. Please note that approval is granted at the discretion of the Students First Office and requires a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA and/or anticipated graduation within 1 term.
  • Students are not permitted to take more than 7 semester hours during summer session I or II without receiving approval from the Students First Office. If you would like to take more than 7 semester hours for summer session I or II, you must fill out the Course Overload Request Form. Please note that approval is granted at the discretion of the Students First Office and requires a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA and/or anticipated graduation within 1 term.
  • To register for classes, or to drop a class at any point in the semester, you will need your UNCG Advising Code. Remember that this code is unique to you (no other student has the same code) and changes each semester, so you must meet with your advisor to get your new code. Once you receive it, be sure to save it, even after you register, in case you need it in the future. If you forget or misplace your code, contact the Students First Office for assistance.
  • Classes that require "Written Permission Only" can only be added to your course schedule by having an instructor sign a UNCG Drop/Add Permission Form. Once you have completed the form and have received your instructor's authorization, you must turn your form in to the University Registrar's Office, 180 Mossman Building.
  • Adding or changing a major or minor is usually as simple as filling out the Change of Major/Minor Form in the University Registrar's Office. Periodically, additional steps may be necessary. If so, please contact the designated academic department advising office to find out what steps to take next.
  • Remember that it is YOUR responsibility to make sure you are in academic good standing at all times. To do so, students with 0-29 semester hours must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA = 1.75. Students with 30+ semester hours must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA = 2.00. For assistance in calculating your semester or cumulative GPA, use the GPA Calculator.
  • It is very important to also be aware of the University's academic deadlines, particularly those pertaining to the last day to withdraw from a course without academic penalty. Before dropping a class, visit the University Calendar or talk with your academic advisor to make sure you are aware of any potential consequences for dropping a class. Once you are ready to withdraw from a course, you can do so by logging in to UNCGenie.

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