Preparing for an Advising Appointment

  • PLEASE BE SURE TO ARRIVE 10 MINUTES EARLY. I usually meet with several students back-to-back; if I finish one meeting early, I can meet with YOU early and we can finish up faster!
  • My office is in Cortez 140. Cortez Hall is number 12 on this map of the Brownsville campus
  • Recall that you **MUST** complete your advising worksheet by the time we meet so we can have an expeditious meeting. I WILL NOT MEET WITH YOU REGARDING YOUR REGISTRATION FOR NEXT SEMESTER IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR SCHEDULE DRAFTED.


  1. Review the degree plan for your major so you understand the 'big picture' of your degree.
  2. Review the road map for your major so you can see what courses your major department recommends for you for the upcoming semester. Be sure you check the recommendations for the CURRENT semester as well as for LAST semester to make sure you are caught up! If you missed a class (for example) last semester that you should have taken, prioritize registering for that class for NEXT semester.
  3. Create a “Plan A” schedule that conforms with your major's road map for the next semester. That is, write down the 4 to 6 (or more) classes you need for next semester. You should write down BOTH the course designation and title – that is, CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I (as an example) and not just “General Chemistry I.”
  4. Create a “Plan B” schedule that includes AT LEAST two ‘fallback’ courses for which you can register if any of your Plan A courses are full by the time you register for next semester. If you are not sure what to use for your "Plan B," a good place to draw Plan B courses is from the UTRGV Core Curriculum because those courses are certain to apply towards your degree regardless of your major.