Advising FAQ

I have not been fully admitted to the university yet. Can I still be academically advised?

Yes, we welcome the opportunity to visit with you. To optimize your time with us, if you are a transfer student, we recommend that you at least bring an unofficial copy of your transcripts. You will need to contact Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising or the department of your intended major to schedule an appointment for advising.

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Why do I have to be advised?

Academic advising allows students to clarify their desired educational goals in relation to UALR’s degree offerings. For new transfer students, an advisor will explain the application of State Minimum Core, UALR partnership agreements, and course equivalencies related in context to your individual record and intended major department requirements. Your advisor will also ensure proper documenation of your transfer work, review your major eligibility, discuss applicable academic policies, make individualized course recommendations for the upcoming semester, and make other applicable recommendations. You are required to see an academic advisor each semester before you may register.

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Who is my advisor?

When you call to make your first appointment, you may meet with any one of the academic advisors in The Office of Academic Advising. However, if you are a declared major you will need to be advised within your major department.

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How often do I need to be advised?

You are required to meet with an academic advisor twice per year (once for the summer/fall term and once for the spring term.) The Office of Academic Advising advises year-round. Advising for the next semester usually begins on the third week of classes. We encourage students to get advised early. Early advising prepares you to participate in early registration according to your classification. (e.g. Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior)

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Do I need to schedule an appointment with my advisor?

It depends. If you are meeting with an advisor in the Office of Academic Advising (undeclared major), then yes. You can either make an appointment in person (Student Services Center 320L) or call 501.569.3386. If you are meeting with an advisor in your major department, you should call that department to see if they prefer walk-ins or appointments.

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Can I be advised in my major department?

Yes, if you have been officially admitted to that department or intend a major that is offered in a specific college. For example; Engineering and Information Technology. (i.e. Applied Science, Computer Science, Construction Management, Engineering, or Information Science.)
To explore a particular major in more detail or make an appointment with an advisor in your intended major.

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I am experiencing difficulty in some of my classes. What can I do?

Please know that if you are feeling overwhelmed with a class (or several) that you are enrolled in, you should first speak with your course instructor or academic advisor about this. In some instances, depending on when you discuss this, you may still be able to address these issues successfully. The Student Support Services offers various workshops to assist students. These workshops provide help and preparation with attaining their bachelor’s degree, future careers and/or graduate school as well as other topics that students might need to be successful. As an extreme resort, the university does have an option called withdrawing from an individual/select class or the more extreme option of withdrawing from ALL of your classes. Deadlines for each of these are available on the academic calendar, which can be found on the Office of Records and Registration website.
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