Preparing for an Advising Appointment

What is the first thing I should do?

Watch this video

It will help you understand the 'big picture' of the process for creating your class schedule.

REMEMBER that you will need to register every semester you are in college, so it is to your benefit to learn this process so you can manage your own academic career effectively!


There was a lot of stuff in that video.

Yes.


I mean, A LOT of stuff.

Planning your academic schedule is a serious matter. It takes effort to do it right. That's why Dr. Saldivar created this guide for you.


Can we review what all was in that video?

Sure. (Although you really ought to watch the video again, too, if you are feeling confused.)

First, review the degree plan for your major so you understand the 'big picture' of your degree.

Second, 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! For example, if you missed taking a class last semester that you should have taken, prioritize registering for that class for NEXT semester.

Next, 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 as per the road map for your major.

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.”

Finally, 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.


Wait, what is this "Core Curriculum?"

Many high school teachers and counselors still insist on referring to the Core as "the basics" -- these are the 42 credits that ALL students need regardless of their major (for example, six hours of science, three of math, etc.).


Okay, I have reviewed the degree plan and road map for my major and I know what classes I need.

Good. The final step is to complete the advising worksheet described earlier BEFORE you meet with Dr. Saldivar, then take the completed worksheet with you to your meeting.


And then?

Dr. Saldivar will review your schedule (as per the worksheet) and if everything makes sense then he will remove the bar on your student record and you will be able to register when the registration period for your class (freshman, sophomore, etc.) begins.

Dr. Saldivar will inform you of the exact dates for this semester's registration period via email but, generally, in a FALL semester you have to register for the following Spring by the end of October. In a SPRING semester, you typically have to register for the following Summer by early March and for the following Fall by late March.


Anything else?

Yes. This PDF contains some important information regarding general UTRGV academic advising policies and procedures. Not all of these policies will necessarily apply to you THIS semester but you should read the PDF so you have a general awareness of these important rules.


I still have questions!

Email Dr. Saldivar as soon as possible!


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