Regular Advisement and Registration
Each student must schedule an advisement session before registering for courses for the following semester. This section describes campus resources available to all students to help in the advisement and registration process. This section also presents information related to registering for courses.
The Advising Process
The following sections review the specific advising processes for different groups of students.
Advising for Adult Students
Students enrolled though the Adult Students program may receive academic advising from the Adult Students Center located in 361 University Center or call (423) 425-4485. The staff of the center can assist students in course enrollment as well as the payment of fees.
Advising for Transfer Students
All transfer students must meet with an advisor before registering for classes. Transfer students who have declared a major should contact the department to schedule an advising session. Transfer students who have not declared a major must contact the Advisement Office located in room 361 of the University Center or (423) 425-4573 for assistance. Questions or concerns regarding the acceptance of transfer credits should be directed to the Records Office.
Advising for Students Who are Pre-Majors or Who Have Not Declared a Major
The staff in the Advisement Office advise students who are pre-majors or who have not yet declared a major. To schedule an appointment with an advisor, the student should go to the Advisement Office located in 361 University Center or call (423) 425-4573.
All students must declare a major after they have completed 24 credit hours.
Students who plan to attend law school should meet with a pre-law advisor in the Department of Political Science, the Department of English, the Department of History, or the Department of Legal Assistant Studies. The advisors help student develop a course of study that will prepare them for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The pre-law advisor will also suggest additional courses and non-academic activities that will prepare students for law school. Students should also contact their major departments for guidance in completing the Bachelor degree.
Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Students
Students who plan to attend medical or dental school should meet with a pre-medical advisor in either the Department of Chemistry or the Department of Biological and Environmental Science. The advisors help students develop a course of study that will prepare them for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The minimum requirements for admission to a medical school are 16 hours of Chemistry (general and organic), 8 hours of Biology (general biology), 8 hours of Physics (general physics), and 6 hours of English. The pre-medical advisor will also suggest additional courses and non-academic activities that will prepare students for medical school. Students should also contact their major departments for guidance in completing the Bachelor degree. See this website for a list of health career advisors: http://www.utc.edu/Academic/HealthCareers/1-advisors.php.
Advising for Students Who Have Declared a Major
Students who have declared a major should seek regular advising from their major department or their college. When a student declares a major, he or she should meet with the Department Head to be assigned to an advisor.
Advising for Students Enrolled in the Honors Program
Because students enrolled in the University Honors Program (UHON) must complete a unique curriculum, they are advised by members of the Honors Program staff as well as by the faculty of their major departments.
Freshman honors students are required to meet with a program advisor each semester to review their goals and academic progress and to plan schedules for subsequent semesters. Sophomore, junior, and senior honors students are strongly encouraged to schedule advisement and review sessions with the staff. Each semester, the Honors Program Director reviews the academic progress and standing of all students in the program and meets with students to discuss areas of concern.
In addition, all honors students enroll in one of four special advisement courses (UHON 100, 200, 300, or 400), which offer information on academic and career planning, unique opportunities to enhance students' educational experiences, and university resources appropriate to the student's class level and goals.
Advising for the Student Athlete
Students who are members of University varsity sport teams should seek the advice of their major department and the athletic academic advisor to ensure they remain eligible to participate in their sport.
Advising for Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities should follow the regular advising procedures described above. During the advising process, the student should ensure that the advisor understands the accommodations that the student requires and that the course schedule reflects these needs. Students and advisors are strongly encouraged to contact the Office of Students with Disabilities located in 110 Frist Hall or call (423) 425-4006 should specific questions about the student's needs arise.