Preparing for Advising Appointments

How should I prepare for my advising appointment?


Before you arrive for your advising appointment please try to choose about 15 (12-18) hours of classes that you would like to take this coming semester.  Please review our information on how to create an academic plan. You can find an example of what courses to take for your major in your flight plan.  Please also look up information on your intended major in the online catalog. Open course selections can be found in the online schedule of courses.

If you login to Ulink and click the "add classes" link you will see a plan tab.  UofL now features the "my planner" function which allows you to add all 4 years of your classes to the planner ahead of time.  When it's time to register you can just roll the classes into your shopping cart!

Once you have prepared you can call 852-5502 to schedule an advising appointment.


Part of your role in the advising process is to:

  • Come prepared to academic advising appointments (bring academic program form, list of courses in which you are interested, etc&)

  • Understand how to check your grades and academic transcript online

  • Monitor your academic status and your completion of degree requirements

  • Be aware of deadlines!!

  • Understand where to locate policies and procedures in the online undergraduate catalog

  • Utilize campus resources (give examples: REACH, the Writing Center, library, etc&)

  • Check your UofL email daily

  • Research A&S and other departmental websites (including financial aid) to research major and internship opportunities



Tips for success:


1. Review the Course Catalog

Your course catalog is now online. Look through it thoroughly. You'll find a variety of lists, including core requirements (courses all students must take), requirements for different majors, and the courses offered within each department.

Mark the classes that interest you. If you have an idea of what you want to major in, consider taking some of the general requirements in your major. If you're like most freshmen and have no idea what you want to major in yet, think about taking classes in areas that spark your interest.


2. Get Requirements Out of the Way -(Gen ed checklist)


Almost all colleges have core requirements (General Education classes) to ensure that students explore subjects outside their major.

3. Find a Balance of Hard and Easy Courses


4. Find a Balance of Subject Areas

You should also take subjects that require different kinds of work. You may want to balance how much writing, math and science you want to take during the same semester.


5. See Your Advisor-

Call 852-5502 to make an appointment about halfway through the semester to be advised for the following semester.  If you are in GEN 101 now - your 4 year appointment is essentially the same thing.


6. Use AP® Credits, Placement Exams, and More


7. Take a Writing Course


8. Make a Plan for Registration Day

Registering for classes can be a nail-biting experience. Some of you will be forced to stand in long lines [walkin advising - make an appointment early on next semester to avoid this], others will have to enter a lottery to get into popular classes, and still others will have to select courses on a computer system. You can be sure that some of the classes you want will be full, or that you'll have to choose between two classes that are held at the same time. So, after you come up with your dream schedule, make a list of alternative classes. Your preparations will make registration day easier, and help you start your first year off right.