Academic Advising: What and When

What is advisement?

Academic advisement is a collaborative meeting between a student and an advisor in which career goals, course selection, degree requirements and campus resources are discussed. As an advisee it is your responsibility to fully engage in advisement by making yourself aware of the degree requirements, asking questions during advisement, and completing the academic action plan you and your advisor agree upon.

When should I get advised?

Everyone should get advised at least once per semester. We advise students in person, by phone, or through email. Generally, academic advisement will begin in April for May mini, summer, and fall classes and in October for winter mini and spring classes. Advisement is required for new BAAS students. It is also highly recommended for students who are on track to graduate within one or two semesters.

Where do I get advised?

Students can call the Advising Center at 409-880-8534 or come to the office in Parker 106 to schedule either an office or phone advising appointment.

When do I register?

Generally, students will begin registering for classes in April (May mini, summer, fall) and November (winter mini and spring). Registration holds from various departments across campus (i.e. Cashier’s office or mandatory advisement) will prevent you from registering. Contact these departments before the registration period begins so that you are cleared to enroll in classes.

How do I register for courses?

Go to  http://students.lamar.edu/registration/index.html and learn how to search for classes and register. Please note: The College of Arts & Sciences Advising Center registers students into AASC 3301, 3102, and 4301. Please call the office at 409-880-8534 to schedule an appointment to discuss enrollment in one of these classes.