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1. Who is my advisor?

Academic Advisors are assigned based on a student’s degree program. To identify your assigned advisor, please call (877) 465-4827.

2. Do I have to meet with an advisor?

All first year and transfer students under 30 credits are required to work with an advisor prior to registering for classes. We recommend that all students work with an advisor as they progress towards graduation.

3. UAOnline shows that I have an academic advising hold. What is it and why do I have one?

The Academic Advising(AA) hold limits students from registration functions, including dropping or withdrawing from classes. Advising holds generally apply to first year students and transfer students with under 30 credits. You may also have this hold if you are placed on academic warning or probation. Anyone with an AA hold needs to make an appointment with his or her advisor.

4. How should I prepare for my advising appointment?

To best prepare for your advising appointment, please complete all required placement tests, review the class schedule, think about your goals, make a list of questions, and prepare any written documents or forms in advance.

5. I am taking classes from a distance. How can I access advising?

Many of our students live outside of our campus communities and are able to work with advisors throughout their time at UAS. Advising can take place via telephone, email, Skype or Illuminate. Visiting with an advisor is always strongly encouraged, at any point in your college career. By accessing an advisor's knowledge and expertise, you will be able to succeed in your efforts at completing a degree program.

6. What is the difference between part time and full time?

Part-time means you are taking between 6-11 credits in any one semester. Full-time means you are taking between 12-18 credits in any one semester.

7. What is a good course load? Should I take 12, 15, or 18 credits?

In order to graduate in a timely matter, you should consider 15 credits per semester. Talk to your advisor about what is the right credit load for you.

8. How do I register?

You can register online at UAOnline. All first year and transfer students with under 30 credits are required to work with an advisor prior to registering for classes.

9. Where can I find specific information about a class?

Course descriptions can be found either by clicking on the Course Registration Number (CRN) on the online course schedule on UAOnline or by reviewing the Academic Catalog on our website. These course descriptions will not only describe the course but also includes all co-requisite or pre-requisite information.

10. What if I want to change my major/declare a major?

You can submit a Change of Major form to the Registrar’s Office to change your major, add a degree or switch advisors. Talk to your advisor about what degree program might be the best match for you.

11. How can I be successful in school?

1) Show up; 2) Participate; 3) Ask for help. Students who go to classes, do their homework, ask questions and apply smart study skills generally do well in school. UAS has a multitude of services available to support students including tutoring, counseling, disability services, career services, college success courses and more. Advisors can assist in referring you to appropriate resources.

12. I want to withdraw from my class - what should I consider?

Withdrawing from a class can affect GPA calculations, financial aid implications (current and future), housing policies, or staying on track with your academic plan. Meet with your advisor for more information.

13. How can I make a plan to graduate/complete my goal?

An academic plan is a combination of short and long term goals. Thinking about a study abroad program? An internship? What about summer classes? Degree Works is a tool you and your advisor can use to create a plan to reach your goals.

14. What is Degree Works and how can it help me?

Degree Works is an effective tool that allows you to identify your current progress towards your degree completion, calculate your projected GPA, make and store academic plans, and explore UAS degree program options with the ‘what-if’ feature.

15. I am on academic probation. How do I get off?

If you are on Academic Probation or Warning, you will have an Academic Advising (AA) hold placed on your account. You will be required to work with an advisor to make a plan to get back to satisfactory academic progress (SAP = 2.0 or higher GPA and 67% completion rate).

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