Advising, Orientation, and Registration

Academic Advising at UTC

Academic advising is an important part of a student's education. The advising process helps students choose the proper sequence of courses to meet their academic needs and interests and to ensure a timely graduation. Given the importance of course selection, the University requires all students to work with an academic advisor before registering for classes each semester. Students should always consult their advisors when creating or revising their course schedules.

This chapter reviews the advising and registration processes. More specifically, this chapter reviews the orientation program in which all undergraduate students participate when they start their education at UTC and the advisement and registration processes that they will follow for each semester they are enrolled at UTC.

Important Advising Resources

Advisors: Academic advisors are members of the faculty teaching in the student's major. Some colleges and programs use professional staff to advise students. Students can find the name of the advisor on the RAP sheet. Students may also contact the Advisement Office to have an advisor assigned if the RAP sheet does not list an advisor.

Advisement: Before a student may enroll in courses for the semester, he or she must meet with the advisor. The advisor will help the student select courses that meet the student's needs and interests. The advisor can also help the student with other questions about academic matters.

Advisement Code: At the end of the advisement session, the advisor will give the student an advisement code. The student must use this code to register for classes online. The advisement code changes each fall and spring semester. Either the fall or the spring advisement code will work for the summer semester registration.

Catalog: The Undergraduate Catalog lists the requirements for specific academic degrees, provides course descriptions and pre or co-requisites for all courses, and lists all degree and University graduation requirements. Each departmental section lists the requirements for the major, minor, and other academic programs that the department provides. Some courses require students to meet certain criteria, known as co-requisites and prerequisites, before enrolling in the course. Each course description in this catalog lists the course requirements. Students should review these course descriptions to ensure they have the necessary requirements and permission to enroll in the course.

Check Sheets: Official program check sheets that list all requirements for the degree are listed on the Records Office website at www.utc.edu/Administration/Records-Registration. These program check sheets are available by catalog year, major, and concentration beginning with the 2004 catalog year.

RAP Sheet: The Record of Academic Progress, or RAP sheet, indicates a student's major, catalog year, advisor, remaining requirements, placement scores, completed courses, attempted and earned hours, and grade point average. This information will guide the student and advisor in selecting appropriate courses. Students may review and print the RAP sheet online through the MocsNet account by clicking on the "Student Information" link.

The RAP sheet is an advisement tool and should be used in conjunction with the requirements listed in the student's appropriate catalog year. The RAP sheet is only an advisement tool and not an accurate reflection of all graduation requirements.

Registration: Registration is the process where the student enrolls in courses. In most cases, students may register online using a computer. The student's advisor will help explain these steps.

Schedule of Classes: Several weeks before the registration process begins, the Records Office posts the class schedule at www.utc.edu/Public/ClassFind. This webpage allows students to review all the available courses for the upcoming semester. For each course, the webpage lists the course name and number and the number of each section of the course. The webpage also lists the name of the instructor, the days and times that the course meets, the maximum enrollment, and the number of students currently enrolled in each section of the course. Students should consult the Schedule of Classes to prepare a preliminary schedule before meeting with the advisor.

The Advisement Office: Located in room 278 of the University Center, the staff of the Advisement Office help students in their academic growth and adjustment to university life. The staff pro-

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