What is Academic Advising?

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Academic Advising Is...

  • A collaboration between you and your academic advisor to help you make informed decisions at each stage of your undergraduate career. 
  • A time when you can ask questions about your major, course selections, academic performance, University policies and procedures, scholarship or internship opportunities, and more.
  • A place where you can engage in intense self-study, explore your undergraduate options, and clarify your values and academic and career goals. 
  • An opportunity to create your personalized academic road map, leading to your timely graduation. 

Why Is Academic Advising Important?

Administrators, faculty and professional staff at South believe that advising is a responsibility and an opportunity for enhancing your undergraduate experience. Many situations will arise during your academic career in which informed academic and career advise is necessary. Academic advisors at South help you define important choices you must make and provide guidance as needed at each stage of your undergraduate career. However, you, not your advisor, are responsible for selecting courses, meeting graduation requirements, and adhering to University policies and procedures. 

How do I know who my advisor is?

You are assigned an academic advisor based on your declared major and classification. You can find your assigned advisor within PAWS or Navigate South. 

You can also refer to the following:

▼   College of Allied Health Professions

All students with less than 30 credit hours, except Emergency Medical Sciences majors:
Academic Advising & Transfer Services

Students with more than 30 credit hours, and all Emergency Medical Sciences majors:
Allied Health Advising

▼   College of Arts and Sciences

If you have earned 0-30 credit hours in college, you are advised in Academic Advising & Transfer Services, with the following exceptions:
- Social Work students are advised in Academic Advising & Transfer Services until they are accepted into the major
- Music majors with any number of hours are advised in the Music Department

Note: Biology majors are advised in Academic Advising & Transfer Services until they reach 45 credit hours. Additionally, students who are still exploring major options will remain in Academic Advising & Transfer Services until major declaration.

If you have earned more than 30 credit hours, including credit hours you may have transferred from another college or university, you will be advised in your major department in Arts and Sciences. Please find your faculty advisor assignment in PAWS and contact the department for required advising. You can also contact your major department for assistance in finding your advisor using the number on your department's website.

If you have special advising needs, such as transfer credit evaluation, transient course approval, grade replacement, or graduation check-sheets, please make an appointment with the A&S Advising Center.

If you have earned 90 or more credit hours, it is time to make and appointment to see a graduation specialist in the A&S Advising Center. This advisor will help make sure you will have everything ready to graduate. Note that you will continue to see your major advisor for course scheduling each semester.

▼   Mitchell College of Business

All Pre-Business students with less than 45 credit hours, and all Business students with less than 30 credit hours:
Academic Advising & Transfer Services

All other students:
Mitchell College of Business Advising

▼   College of Education and Professional Studies

All students with less than 30 credit hours:
Academic Advising & Transfer Services

All other students:
College of Education and Professional Studies Advising Center

▼   College of Engineering

All students until enrollment in Calculus 2:
Academic Advising & Transfer Services

All other students:
College of Engineering Advising

▼   College of Nursing

All students with less than 30 credit hours, and also pre-nursing students who have less than a 2.75 GPA:
Academic Advising & Transfer Services

All other students who have more than 30 credit hours AND a 2.75 GPA or higher:
College of Nursing Advising

▼   School of Computing

All students with less than 30 credit hours:
Academic Advising & Transfer Services

All other students:
School of Computing Advising

▼   Interested in Pre-Law or Pre-Health?

Students can pursue pre-law and pre-health professions with any degree at USA!

Students can review pre-law advising information on the Pre-Law website. 

Students can review pre-health programs, admission requirements, and advising information on the Pre-Health website

When Should I See My Academic Advisor?

You are encouraged to meet with your academic advisor as often as you need.  We recommend you visit your academic advisor each term prior to class registration so you can discuss the best plan for the upcoming semester and beyond.

`15 to Finish!

You can graduate in four years. Here are some suggestions:

  • Earn 30-36 semester hours each academic year (summer can be included).
  • Explore opportunities at South early in your academic career. Choose your major and follow your degree plan within your first year at South (changing your major can alter your progress).
  • Monitor your progress through Degree Works, and seek advice from your academic advisor to ensure you stay on track.
  • Maintain good academic standing each semester.
  • Register in courses needed for your program as soon as your time ticket opens. Ensure you meet with your academic advisor prior to your registration date.
  • Set realistic, obtainable academic and career goals.