Undergraduate Advising

 

The College of Business at UTC is dedicated to student success and views academic advising as a vital component of the undergraduate business experience. Advising is designed to assist students in developing meaningful educational plans that support their academic and personal goals while providing a foundation for future career development and intellectual growth. Academic Advising is a shared responsibility between the College and business majors that reinforces the core values established in the College's mission of "producing academically-prepared and business-world ready men and women for a competitive global environment".

The University and College want you to make the most of your campus visit. If you have not already done so, please take advantage of the following prospective student activities.

 

  • College of Business Prospective Information Sessions and Campus Tours: One of the best ways to learn about the university, the College and our campus is to take attend one of our Prospective Information Sessions. Your visit will start with an overview of UTC, include a tour of our beautiful campus, housing complex, Aquatic Recreation Center and conclude with a presentation from representatives of the College of Business. If you are unable to attend a Prospective Information Session, the university also offers general group tours each month. To schedule a visit, please go to the Admissions Office web site.

  • Meet with a College of Business Representative: While you are on campus, you can schedule to meet with a College of Business representative before or after your campus tour. During your meeting you will learn more about our programs, career services, and advisement and student activities. Each meeting lasts 30-45 minutes. To schedule a meeting, please call 423.425.5111.

 

Not available for a campus visit? No problem!

You can find the answers to many of your questions online. Click on the links below to learn about our programs, degree requirements and transfer equivalencies or to apply for admission.

  • Explore Our Programs: To see a complete list of degree requirements, please refer to the online course catalog.

  • To see a recommended course of study for each of our programs, please refer to the online “Clear Path to Advising” worksheets.
  • Transfer Equivalency Information: To see how courses from the UT System or a TBR school will transfer to UTC, please refer to the online transfer equivalency charts on the Records web site. For other schools, please contact the Admissions Office, 423.425.4662.

  • Apply Online: To fill an application for admission, please go to the Admissions Office web site.

All new students entering UTC for the first time in the fall or spring semesters are required to attend orientation before meeting with an academic advisor or registering for classes. Multiple orientation sessions for incoming fall students are offered during the summer months. A single orientation for incoming spring students is offered in November.

Incoming Freshmen:

All incoming freshmen are required to attend orientation.  During the orientation reservation process, they will fill out an Academic Inventory Questionnaire (AIQ).  This information will be used to pre-register first-time freshmen.  It is important that the AIQ is filled out carefully and accurately to ensure an appropriate schedule is created for a freshman’s first semester at UTC.

Incoming Transfers:

All incoming transfer students are required to attend orientation. During the advisement session of orientation, transfer students are provided an individual academic plan outlining their remaining degree requirements through graduation. Academic plans are based on the information available at the time of creation.  Students cannot register for classes prior to attending an orientation session.   

Post-Baccalaureate Students (2nd degree seeking):

Students who have earned one undergraduate degree at an university other than UTC and are returning to earn a second undergraduate degree are required to attend orientation. Students who completed their first  undergraduate degree at UTC are not required to attend orientation.

Orientation:

To schedule an orientation session, please visit the “New Student & Family Programs” web site.

Undergraduate business majors are required to meet with their assigned academic advisor for advisement at least once each semester.  Meeting regularly for advisement ensures students are aware of any changes to prerequisites or course offerings and stay on track to meet their degree requirements and their anticipated graduate date.

Students are encouraged to schedule advising appointments early in the semester, well before the "crunch time" of Priority Registration weeks.   

Students who have already earned one undergraduate degree and would like to pursue a second undergraduate degree in Business Administration should apply as a degree seeking, Post-Baccalaureate student through Undergraduate Admissions.

Second degree seeking students should read the "Degree and Graduation Requirements" in the current undergraduate course catalog. Course catalogs are available on the Records web site.

Second degree seeking students who have never attended UTC before are required to attend orientation. During the advisement session of orientation, they will be provided an individual academic plan outlining their remaining degree requirements through graduation.  Academic plans are based on the information available at the time of creation.  Students cannot register for classes prior to attending an orientation session.   

To schedule an orientation session, please visit the “New Student & Family Programs” web site.

The College of Business has six professional advisors knowledgeable in all business programs offered by the College of Business.  Students meet with all six advisors during freshmen or transfer orientation sessions.  Once the semester begins, students are assigned to a specific advisor whom they will meet with each semester.  Their academic advisor will guide them as they progress through their business degree requirements. Academic advisors are available year-around. 

Click here to meet the COB Academic Advisors.

Individual appointments* are for long-term planning, discussing academic concerns, changing business majors, tracking graduation progress and required semester advisement meeting. Students must make an appointment online, schedule in advance, meet with their assigned academic advisor and contact the Joseph F. Decosimo Success Center should they need to cancel or reschedule their appointment. (423.425.5111)

Appointments last 20-30 minutes. Students should arrive early and sign in with the front desk in Fletcher Hall, Room 216.

*Appointments are not available during the first week of classes, on holidays or when the University is closed. 

Schedule an Appointment here

First-year-freshmen are required to complete four freshman "touchpoints" during their first year of college, twice during the fall semester and twice during the spring semester at UTC.  The four touchpoint model is designed to enable major exploration, increase student persistence, encourage student success, connect students with resources, and build student relationships.

Fall Semester:
Touchpoint 1
- Meet with your assigned advisor
Touchpoint 2 - Watch Exploring Majors video

Spring Semester:
Touchpoint 1
- Meet with your assigned advisor
Touchpoint 2 - Watch 2nd Exploring Majors video

Second year freshmen are required to meet with their assigned advisor at least once in the fall semester and once in the spring semester.  All students, especially those experiencing academic difficulties, are encouraged to meet with their assigned advisor more frequently throughout the academic year. 

Walk-in hours are for "quick" questions that can be answered at the front desk, by email or without updating an academic plan.  Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis and must sign in with the front desk in 216 Fletcher Hall.

First year freshmen are encouraged to schedule an appointment.  Students with questions regarding long-term planning, changing or adding a major, study abroad, appeals, etc. should schedule a 30 minutes advising appointment.

For general inquiries or assistance, please call our main number to speak with LaDonna Spruill, Administrative Specialist (423.425.5111) or email the departmental email at UTCCOBAdvis@utc.edu .

 

Schedule an Appointment here