Academic Advising

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Dianne Leonard
Academic Program Manager
College of Engineering
Pre Engineering & Undecided
Petitions for Special Circumstances
1602 WEB | (801) 585-7769
April Vrtis
Academic Advisor
College of Engineering
Pre Engineering & Undecided
1620 WEB | (801) 581-4683
Kelly Broadhead
Academic Advisor
Biomedical Engineering
3100 SMBB | (801) 585-7605
Heather Palmer
Academic Advisor
Biomedical Engineering
3100 SMBB | (801) 585-3651
John Skousen
Academic Advisor
Biomedical Engineering
3100 SMBB | (801) 587-1575
Tracey Farnsworth
Academic Advisor
Chemical Engineering
3290 B MEB | 801-585-7175
Geoff Silcox
Transfer Academic Advisor
Chemical Engineering
Transfer
3290 C MEB | (801) 581-8820
Lexi Crabb
Academic Advisor
Civil Engineering
2012 MCE | (801) 581-6931
Vicki Jackson
Academic Advisor
Computer Science / Entertainment & Arts Emphasis
3190 MEB | (801) 581-8224
Alec Down
Academic Advisor
Electrical Engineering / Computer Engineering
2266 MEB | (801) 581-4657
Neil Cotter
Trans/Honors Advisor
Electrical Engineering / Computer Engineering
Trans/Honors
2268 MEB | (801) 581-8566
Angela Rasmussen
Director of Mentoring and Advising
Electrical Engineering / Computer Engineering
2266 B MEB | (801) 581-6952
Marcie Leek
Academic Advisor
Materials Science & Engineering
304 CME | (801) 581-6863
Joy Velarde
Academic Advisor
Mechanical Engineering
Last names A-L
1560 MEK | (801) 581-8977
Katie Barnard
Academic Advisor
Mechanical Engineering
Last names M-Z
1560A MEK | (801) 581-8234
Debbie Mascaro
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Mechanical Engineering
1560 MEK | 801-581-7687

Academic Advisors

As a student in the College of Engineering, you have many people to support you. Academic Advisors can help you make the most of your experience at the U. Meeting as often as necessary can help you make the most of your academic career.

Advisor’s Responsibility to Students

  • Listen attentively to your questions and concerns
  • Respect your unique interests and circumstances
  • Help you to explore academic and extra-curricular options that support your personal career interests such as:
    • Internship opportunities
    • Student engagement
    • Research opportunities
    • Scholarship and funding opportunities
  • Explain degree requirements
  • Clarify information about university regulations, policies, and procedures as appropriate
  • Assist you in developing an appropriate class schedule
  • Refer you to appropriate campus resources
  • Help you learn and search out answers for yourself
  • Assist you in gaining decision-making skills and assuming responsibility for your education

Student’s Responsibilities

  • Be prepared for advising session by bringing appropriate documents (DARS, test scores, transcripts, etc), making a list of questions and concerns and planning a tentative class schedule
  • Take responsibility of learning and complying with university requirements, policies and procedures
  • Honestly communicate you unique interests, values, abilities and circumstances with your academic advisor
  • Take responsibility for achieving your success and accept the consequences of your academic and personal choices
  • Keep up with your academic progress and maintain your own advising file. Bring your file to each advising session, keep all documents until you graduate
  • Meet with your advisor regularly, and whenever you have a question or concern

Prepare for You Academic Advising Appointment

 In the College of Engineering, there are two tiers of advising:

College of Engineering Advisors help you to:

  • Help you explore engineering majors or minors
  • Work with you to schedule classes that will aid your progress towards graduation
  • Learn about University Graduation requirements, including general education and bachelor’s degree requirements
  • Connect with University opportunities and resources, including other majors and minors that might interest you
  • Navigate university policies & procedures

Departmental Advisors can help you to:

  • Understand program of study and create an academic plan based on course requirements for your major/minor
  • Learn about the course requirements for your major/minor
  • Connect with departmental opportunities, internships, research, and other resources
  • Navigate departmental policies & procedures

Preparing for your advising appointment:

  • Much like you, advisors experience busy times of the year (1st & 2nd year advising, graduation, beginning of the term), schedule your appointment early enough so that you can meet with an advisor during a time that fits your schedule
  • Bring appropriate documents (current DARS, test scores, transcripts, etc), make a list of questions and concerns and write out a tentative class schedule
  • Arrive on time to your appointment. If you are unable to make your appointment, reach out to your advisors to let them know and to schedule another appointment, if necessary.
  • When contacting your advisor via email, use a formal greeting, signature, and include your uNID
  • Take notes during your advising session so that you can remember what you and your advisor spoke about
  • Advising sessions are meant for the student and the advisor. Refrain from bringing your spouse, parent, friends or children as they can sometimes distract the parties from the purpose of the advising session.
  • Most importantly, be honest with your advisor. Their ultimate goal is to give you the tools you need to be successful and achieve your goals. The best way for this to happen is to let your advisor know what works for you.

 

Academic Advising FAQs

Academic Advisors help you to:

  • Learn about University graduation requirements, including general education and bachelor’s degree requirements
  • Connect with University opportunities and resources, including other majors and minors that might interest you
  • Navigate University policies and procedures
  • Learn about the course requirements for your major
  • Connect with departmental opportunities and resources
  • Navigate departmental polices and procedures

Answer these critical questions:

  • How do I declare my major?
  • What classes do I need to take?
  • Where can I go for help?
  • How can I get involved on campus?
  • What resources are available for me on campus?
  • How do my transfer courses apply to my degree?
  • How do I apply for graduation? 

Academic Advising FAQs:

What is the role of Academic Advisors?

What are the Advisors' responsibilities to students?

What are the students' responsibilities with Academic Advisors?

What is Mandatory Advising?

How do I run a Degree Audit Report (DARS)?

What is a catalog year?

Why is my catalog year important?

What is the Graduation Planning System (GPS) and how do I access it?

What do I do if I have a registration hold?

What are some ways that I can get involved on campus?

What do I do if I need to take a leave of absence?

 

Student Academic Advising resources

Many questions may be answered by visiting other online University Resources:

Resources

  • University College for questions about general education requirements.
    Student Services Building 450, www.advising.utah.edu
  • Admissions for questions about transfer credit (upper division credit, study abroad credit).
    Student Services Building 250, www.admissions.utah.edu
  • Registration and Records for problems with registration, grade changes, exceptions to policy.
    Student Services Building 250, www.registrar.utah.edu
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships for questions about grants, loans, and scholarships.
    Student Services Building 105, www.financialaid.utah.edu
  • Graduation Division for questions about graduation requirements and commencement.
    Student Services Building 250, www.graduation.utah.edu
  • College of Engineering Dean’s Office for petition to exception to policy.
    WEB 1602, http://www.coe.utah.edu/academics
  • Career Services for career exploration, job search assistance, and internships.
    Student Service Building 350, www.careers.utah.edu
  • Center for Learning Abroad for information about study abroad programs.
    Union 159, www.learningabroad.utah.edu
  • Hinckley Institute of Politics for internship opportunities.
    OSH 253, www.hinckley.utah.edu