Getting advised

The University of Texas at Austin views sound academic advising as a significant responsibility in educating students.

Is advising required for my major?

Your registration information sheet will show a bar if you're required to see an adviser. For advising requirements by major, check our Advising and Major Codes tables in the Course Schedule for the semester for which you plan to register. If advising is required, you will not be able to access the registration system until your major department has cleared your advising bar.

More than just choosing classes

Academic advisers assist students in developing intellectual potential and exploring educational opportunities and life goals. Many people in the campus community contribute to the advising process, including faculty, staff, students, and professional advisers. Through the relationship established between adviser and student within a friendly, helpful, and professional atmosphere, a student has the opportunity to:

  • learn about educational options, degree requirements, and academic policies and procedures;
  • clarify educational objectives;
  • plan and pursue programs consistent with abilities, interests, and life goals; and
  • use all resources of the University to their best advantage.

Ultimately, the student is responsible for seeking adequate academic advice, for knowing and meeting degree requirements, and for enrolling in appropriate courses to ensure orderly and timely progress toward a degree. Frequent adviser contact provides students with current academic information and promotes progress toward educational goals. The University supports that progress and encourages effective academic advising campus-wide.