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:
Academic Advising is a collaborative effort between student and advisor with shared responsibilities.
Students are responsible for:
Advisors are responsible for:
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.
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.
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:
The UK Counseling Center is an excellent resource to use if you are experiencing anxiety or fears about the decision-making process.
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.
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.