Graduate Academic Advising
Graduate students should contact your departmental faculty to arrange an advising appointment. If you’re not accepted into a specific program, the assistant to the dean of graduate studies or the designee may act as your advisor. When the web registration system asks if you’ve discussed your program with your advisor, you must answer yes to continue with the registration process.
Undergraduate Academic Advising
Your academic advisor is a department or college-based member of the faculty or staff. You’re assigned to an advisor based on your major or exploratory track. You meet with your advisor to discuss options for your curriculum as you work to reach your academic goals.
Advising centers and designated offices in each college handle all freshman students, as well as a substantial number of sophomores. If you’re an advanced student, major advisors within a college work closely with the advising center to guide you. At all levels, campus-wide guidelines for good advising are supplemented by specific college standards, guidelines, and evaluation. For more information, go to UT’s Undergraduate Academic Advising guide.
When you apply to be admitted to UT, you’re asked to indicate whether you already have a preferred college.
If you don’t know which college or major you’re interested in, or if you’re trying to decide among majors that aren’t in a single college, you’re designated as a University Exploratory Student. These students follow a track of courses that allow them to explore options for majors as well as make progress toward graduation through the completion of general education courses.
If you’re deciding among one or more majors that are all offered by the same college, you’re designated as an Exploratory Student for that college. For example: Arts and Sciences Exploratory, Business Exploratory, etc.
All first-time, first-year UT Knoxville students must transition out of the exploratory track into a major no later than the end of your fourth tracking semester. Transfer students with less than 45 hours of transferrable work who are admitted as exploratory students must transition out of the exploratory track into a major no later than the end of the second tracking semester. Transfer students with 45 hours or more of transferrable work must be admitted directly into a major and a college.
Requirements and Times for Meetings
Before enrolling for the first time at UT, all degree-seeking first-year students and transfer students are required to meet with an academic advisor. Readmitted students must also meet with an academic advisor before re-enrolling.
You’re required to meet with an advisor during each tracking semester (fall and spring) if:
- You have earned fewer than 30 hours at UT Knoxville.
- You’re following an exploratory track.
- You’re identified as off track by uTrack.
- You’re on academic probation.
All continuing students are required to schedule a meeting with an advisor during a designated term each year. The term is determined by whether your student ID number ends in an even digit or an odd digit. Even digit students meet with their advisor during fall semester. Odd digit students meet with their advisor during spring semester.
Your Degree Planning and Progress Report – Banner DARS
Banner DARS is currently only available for undergraduates.
The DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) is an automated system that compares your completed coursework with the requirements for your degree. Your DARS report is available on MyUTK when you go to the UTK Student Academic Links Web Part and click on the DARS Report link. Since it uses your online student record, it has the most current information.
The system produces a progress report, or audit, which details the requirements you have met, along with your current GPA and the GPA needed for your major. It also lists the classes you need to take and how to complete your requirements.
A DARS report can evaluate different scenarios for you such as: earning a minor, getting a second degree, or changing the degree you’re seeking. It will also show you how your transfer classes apply toward your requirements.
Tutorials are available to help you:
DARS is designed for colleges, deans, advisors, and students to use as an advising tool and a way to check graduation requirements. However, final certification of degree requirements rests with the Registrar’s Office.
Stay on Track in Your Major – uTrack
uTrack is an academic monitoring system designed to help undergraduates graduate in four years by laying out a road map for your major. It outlines the courses and timeline required for your major and alerts you and your advisor if you get off track.
As a UT student, you’re responsible for planning your education, selecting your classes, meeting the prerequisites, and following policies and procedures. Your advisor helps you plan, along with answering questions and assisting you if any issues come up during your studies.
Find An Academic Advisor in Your Area of Study:
College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
125 Morgan Hall
College of Communication & Information
202 Communications Bldg.
College of Nursing
203 Nursing Bldg.
College of Social Work
303 Henson Hall
University Exploratory (formerly Undecided)
The College of Arts & Sciences is your advising college.