CASNR First-Year Advising

Academic advising is the process where you obtain the critical information you need to make thoughtful decisions about your college career, such as deciding upon your major or solving any roadblocks you may encounter along the way. Your assigned academic advisor knows that your freshman year is a very exciting time and one of great change. As a result, we want to help ensure your first year is as memorable as possible and assist you in your overall success at UT.

Be sure to use this resource to get the most out of your academic advising. The first year experience is very important to your continued success as a UT CASNR student.

It is our hope that at the conclusion of your four years, you will appreciate the importance of academic planning, that you will understand the importance of enhancing your degree with co-curricular/extracurricular and intercultural experiences, that you will know your responsibilities as an educated citizen of UT and of a democratic, diverse, and global society, and that you will value the educational process and learning across the lifespan.

Preparing for Your Advising Appointment

Be sure to bring with you an outline to present to your advisor indicating what you plan on taking in the upcoming semester. 


Scheduling Your Advising Appointment

To schedule an appointment with your academic advisor, you can email them directly to set up the meeting. Your assigned academic advisor as well as their email is listed on MyUTK.


During Your Advising Appointment

Follow this helpful guide to assist you during your advising appointment:

  • Be on time for your appointment!

  • Talk to your advisor about your career and personal goals.

  • Talk to your advisor about your successes and any challenges you may be facing this semester, such as problems with your adjustment or transition to college, outside responsibilities, or your performance in classes.

  • With your advisor, discuss campus resources that will be of particular help to you, such as:

  • With your advisor, review your major's curriculum

  • Ask your advisor about pertinent University Policies and Procedures. Be sure to ask specifically about:
  • Ask your advisor about using DARSweb (Degree Audit Reporting System) and how it will assist you in following your degree progression. You will access your DARS through MyUTK.

  • Be sure to ask your advisor to refer you to appropriate web sites, specifically CASNR departments to assist you in your major research.

  • With your advisor, be sure to check the Undergraduate Catalog for course descriptions and pre-requisite and co-requisite courses.

  • Ask your advisor about specific pre-requisites courses for your desired major.

  • With your advisor, review the academic program guide for contact information and introduction to the major.

  • Be sure to tell your advisor if you completed AP or IB exams in high school. Your advisor can check to ensure the credit is reflected on your academic history. If it is not on your academic history, ask your advisor what you need to do next!

  • You should leave your advising appointment with an agreed upon academic plan both you and your advisor had part in creating. Also, be sure to talk to your advisor about alternative course options in case some of the classes on the plan are full.

  • If you transferred course work from another institution, be sure to ask your advisor about the college petition process.

  • If you have lingering questions, be sure to contact your advisor.

  • Be sure to encourage continued communication with your advisor and be proactive in the process.


Following Your Advising Appointment

Now that you have met with your academic advisor, be sure to:

  • Review your academic plan.

  • Reflect upon your appointment to ensure your academic and career goals are in line with the plan you and your advisor developed.

  • Register for the classes you and your advisor discussed during your appointment.

  • Discuss course alternatives with your advisor should you need to adjust your academic plan.

  • Follow up with all referrals and recommendations. Your advisor will expect that you have done so and will likely ask you about this the next time you meet, so be prepared!

  • Maintain contact with your academic advisor throughout the semester.

  • Be sure to email your advisor additional questions or reflections as they arise.

  • Schedule a follow up appointment with your advisor should your academic goals change.

  • Take the strong interest inventory or another career assessment, such as the TypeFocus, and follow up with an appointment with a career counselor to discuss your results!

  • Further explore ways to get involved at UT!