ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTER
NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION: ACADEMIC ADVISING & COURSE REGISTRATION
WELCOME, NEW STUDENTS!
The Academic Advising Center supports undecided/exploring students and preprofessional students in identifying pathways for academic exploration, in developing a plan for their first semester, and navigating their personal journey of learning at the university. We are excited to meet with you as you explore majors and pursue preprofessional programs at the U!
Follow the steps outlined below to start your journey at the University of Utah and register for your first semester classes!
You must complete your New Student Virtual Orientation modules before you meet with an academic advisor.
If you have questions about how to complete the Virtual Orientation modules, you can find more information here.
You can also contact the Office of Orientation & Transition with further questions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org from your UMail account. You can also contact them via phone by calling 801-581-7069.
Once you have completed your Virtual Orientation modules, please move on to the Academic Advising section below for information regarding your academic advising appointment.
ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTER PROGRAMS
Major Exploration advisors assist students with exploring and deciding on a major while designing a meaningful academic experience. Check out their resources!
PreProfessional advisors support students in successfully preparing for professional schools. Check out their resources and attend an info session!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Student records at The University of Utah are governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and its implementing regulations. A student must authorize the University of Utah to release information to any 3rd party, such as a spouse or parent.
If your appointment is going to be conducted online or by phone, you must set up a FERPA Pin in order to discuss your specific academic record.
You can expect to discuss your academic and personal interests, to identify courses for your first semester at the U, and to learn how to use the registration portal in the Campus Information System (CIS).
No, students who are undecided/exploring majors or pursuing a preprofessional path will not have an assigned advisor. We have a team of 20+ advisors and peer (student) advisors who are excited to help you plan your first semester classes. Students may schedule an appointment with any academic advisor or peer advisor in the Academic Advising Center or PreProfessional Advising Office.
All incoming students have two holds—an orientation hold and an advising hold.
After completing your Canvas course (including all quizzes!), the Office of Orientation & Transition will remove your orientation hold.
After your scheduled appointment, your advisor is responsible for removing your orientation advising hold. Students are required to meet with one academic advisor but can meet with more than one advisor, if needed or preferred.
During your advising appointment, your academic advisor will assist you with first semester course planning and registration. When both holds—advising and orientation—have been removed, you will be able to register for classes.
All official college or university transcripts must be sent to the Admissions Office. Please note it can take 6-8 weeks for transcripts to be processed.
During your advising appointment, inform your advisor if you are expecting any previously earned college credit [AP, IB, concurrent enrollment, transfer]. Your advisor will be able to talk with you more in depth about how these credits will transfer and which graduation requirements they may fulfill.
Yes! Student are able to make changes to their class schedule until the Spring 2021 Add/Drop Deadline.
- Last day to add a class without a permission code: Friday, January 22nd
- Last day to waitlist a course: Friday, January 22nd
- Last day to ad or drop a class: Friday, January 29th
Find all important dates and deadlines for Spring 2021 on the academic calendar.
NEW STUDENT RESOURCES