Student Services

Advising Sessions

Advising Dates and Times

Throughout the semester we will have a variety of dates that you can come in for an advising session. These dates, along with location and advising session type, are listed below.

Who can get advised?

Our advising sessions are primarily for first year students and those who are questioning their major choice. Students should speak with their major adviser first before visiting our office.

What can I expect?

These are opportunities for students to meet with an adviser to discuss classes, have their advising hold or pin lifted, and work on an academic plan. Students must come prepared with a list of courses for next semester. This requires preparation prior to attending you advising session. If you wish to discuss course planning we strongly encourage students to make appointments versus coming in for Walk-In advising.

What is expected of me?

To be prepared for your appointment remember the P.R.E.P. acronym:

  1. Plan a list of courses and questions based on (your reviewing of) your Degree Works progress.
  2. Reach out to the Student Services Center at as.ua.edu/appointment to schedule an advising/course registration meeting with your adviser
  3. Engage with your adviser to determine a realistic action plan (to reach your goals)
  4. Perform the action plan through specific tasks discussed during your meeting (ex: course registration, internship, shadowing, etc.)

What types of advising are there?

We have several different advising types.

  1. Walk-In Advising: You won’t need an appointment and you can see any adviser available. These sessions run 5 – 10 minutes with quick questions, depending on your individual situation. Wait times will vary depending on peak advising times throughout the semester.
  2. Advising by Appointment: You’ll need to schedule an appointment with one of our advisers at least 24 hours in advance. Visit our Make an Appointment page now to do so. During weeks with advising by appointment students can see a Walk-In adviser from 1:00PM – 3:45PM.
  3. Open Advising: The three week period during peak registration season for advising. These sessions are meant for students who need to discuss courses for the upcoming semester. These can last as little as 5 minutes up to 20 minutes. This is where students can have their registration pin cleared.

“Who’s my adviser?”

Not sure who your adviser is? In the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), every student has two advisers:

  • a general adviser based in the A&S Student Services Center
  • a major adviser, usually a professor in the department of your major (also called faculty adviser or departmental adviser)

Your individual circumstances determine which adviser to contact. Learn more by reading “How A&S Advising Works.”

Please visit our FAQ page for more details.