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Advising Syllabus

The goal of Academic Advising at the University of Kentucky is that students will recognize their personal skills, strengths, weaknesses, and interests and relate them to their academic goals. Students will learn to accept overall responsibility for their education. With assistance from the advisor, the student will:

  • Satisfy key requirements according to published deadlines within the University Academic Calendar
  • Formulate and clarify goals related to academic and career choices
  • Develop an academic plan based on those goals
  • Recognize a link between extracurricular activities and academic experiences
  • Use campus resources as needed including but not limited to:
  • Identify and schedule appropriate internships, shadowing, and work experience which complement formal class work to achieve overall academic and career goals.

Academic Advising is a collaborative effort between student and advisor with shared responsibilities.

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Students are responsible for:

  • Knowing the requirements of their particular academic program and selecting courses that meet those requirements in an appropriate time frame while monitoring their progress toward graduation
  • Consulting with appropriate advisors for specific questions or concerns
  • Scheduling and keeping academic advising appointments in a timely manner throughout their academic career, so as to avoid seeking advising only during busy registration periods
  • Being prepared for advising sessions

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Advisors are responsible for:

  • Helping students clarify their options, goals and potential, and understand themselves better
  • Helping students understand the nature and purpose of a college education
  • Maintaining confidentiality per University and Federal guidelines
  • Providing accurate information about educational options, requirements, policies and procedures
  • Helping students plan their educational program and monitor and evaluate their educational progress

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Undergraduate Studies students will:

1) Meet with their academic advisor regularly: Undergraduate Studies recommends a minimum of 3 advising appointments for new and probation students per semester. All students are required to have at least one advising appointment to discuss courses for the following semester. UK uses registration holds to ensure students establish a minimum of one advising appointment per semester. This hold will not be removed until the student has met with their academic advisor prior to registration for the next semester.

  • Information on how to schedule an appointment is available here.
  • Once an appointment is made, arrive on time and come prepared.
  • Notify your advisor as soon as possible if you need to reschedule.
  • Your advisor is a resource and you are encouraged to inform him/ her about any circumstances that could influence your academic performance such as work schedules, illness, family, or other personal situations.
  • Discuss with your advisor any grades of concern (D or E), or if you are considering dropping a course or withdrawing from the University.
  • In the event your academic advisor is unavailable or you have a quick question, there is an Advisor on Call on weekdays from 8:30am - 4:30pm.

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2. Read official UK Communication:

UK acknowledges that email has become the primary means of communication on our campus. However, some official correspondence will be sent by mail. Maintain and check your UK email account daily and keep your mailing address information current on myUK. Read all official university documents and communication. Read the University of Kentucky Bulletin for information related to degree programs, your academic progress, as well as the policies of the University.

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3. Actively explore majors:

Selecting a major is not a passive process and should begin as soon as you arrive in Undergraduate Studies and continue until a major is chosen. Students should start the process by completing the following steps:

  • Identify 2-3 majors of interest to explore, and print out their major sheets.
  • Monitor your progress toward each major of interest by running an APEX degree audit.
  • Assess your interests by taking a career test offered by the UK Counseling Center and the Stuckert Career Center. Meet with a counselor to review the results.
  • Go to the Stuckert Career Center to discuss careers, internships, and shadowing opportunities.
  • Attend campus events to explore majors and talk with departmental advisors and faculty, student organizations, and students in majors of interest.
  • Utilize web resources like online UK Bulletin, college, and major web sites to investigate majors, program requirements, and admissions deadlines.

The UK Counseling Center is an excellent resource to use if you are experiencing anxiety or fears about the decision-making process.

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4. Maintain the minimum academic requirements:

All students at the University of Kentucky are expected to maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Failure to maintain a 2.0 GPA can result in academic probation or suspension. A student who earn a 3.6 or higher on 12 graded hours in any particular semester will be named to the Dean's List for that term. Students who earn a 0.6 or lower in their first semester will be eligible for suspension. Please refer to the academic requirements section of the online Bulletin. Some selective-admissions colleges/ majors have higher GPA and admissions requirements. Mid-term and final grade information is available on myUK, see academic calendar for specific dates.

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5. Declare a major in a timely fashion:

The University of Kentucky requires that students with 60 or more earned hours declare a major before they can register for the next semester. Students having difficulty selecting a major or gaining admittance in to a selective admissions major after earning 45 hours should work closely with their academic advisor.

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