The Advising Policy

Advising in the College of Engineering is mandatory. Students must meet with or communicate with their assigned advisor using one of the methods outlined below at least once per semester in order to have their schedule approved for registration and advising pin removed. Students are encouraged to check their Crimson email account regularly for updates from their advisor regarding their advising options, important dates and other pertinent information.

Advising GuideBook PDF

The Advising Policy for Upperclassmen

Students at 75 percent or more in their Degree Progress Bar in DegreeWorks are required to make an in-person appointment or fill out the Pre-Graduation Checklist form EVERY semester regardless of graduation application status. These two options serve as a pre-graduation audit to ensure accurate and timely information for graduation. Students who are at 75 percent and away from campus because of a co-op, internship or studying abroad should fill out the Pre-Graduation Checklist form or contact their assigned adviser via email to schedule a phone appointment.

Students are encouraged to apply for graduation a semester before their intended graduation date.

Pre-Graduation Checklist Form

Types of Advising

There are four ways students can complete required semester advising:

Individual Appointments

  • Individual appointments are scheduled for 20 minutes and are used for semester and/or degree planning, co-op discussions, study abroad planning and addressing any other academic goals and interests.
  • It is imperative to schedule appointments early.
  • Students can schedule appointments:
    • Online
    • In-person at 2087 H.M. Comer Hall
    • By calling 205-348-0750
  • If you have issues scheduling an appointment online, you can call the Brasfield & Gorrie Engineering Advising Center.
  • Students more than 5 minutes late to an appointment will be asked to reschedule.
  • Please cancel or reschedule if you know you will be unable to attend an appointment so the slot can go to another student.

E-Advising

  • Students opting to complete E-Advising should have an academic plan in mind and simply need their advising pin lifted.
  • E-advising is available the second week of the fall and spring semesters through the Friday two weeks before Registration opens for the upcoming semester.
  • Course Information section: The Course ID format is course abbreviation and section number, for example EN 102. Click “Add” for additional courses.
  • Student Comments section: Be concise and to the point with your academic plans, interests and goals to help your advisor learn more about you.
  • All sections of the E-Advising form must be complete or the form will be denied. Type the student’s name in the student signature section.
  • Students who have completed 75 percent or more of their degree requirements are NOT allowed to use the E-advising option. You must schedule an in-person appointment or use the Pre-Graduation Checklist form.
  • Your E-Advising form will not be accepted if you do not follow these instructions.
  • During peak advising, the turnaround period for E-Advising forms can take between five to seven business days.

Group Advising

  • Group Advising is conducted when advisers are invited to attend select engineering courses to review the core and engineering curriculum.
  • First, students are provided their major flowchart and instructed to mark it according to their completed academic history and their current course schedule.
  • Next, students identify courses they intend to take for the upcoming semester.
  • Lastly, advisers review students’ plans for accuracy, offer feedback/recommendations, and both the students and advisers sign the plan.
  • Once the adviser has completed a final review of each student’s academic plan, advising pins will be removed.

Drop In Advising

  • CONTACT THE ADVISING CENTER FOR DROP-IN DATES. DROP INS ARE NOT AVAILABLE EVERY DAY.
  • Drop-in advising is for students who have a plan in mind for the upcoming semester and only need a quick double check and sign off.
  • Drop-ins should average 5-7 minutes in length per student.
  • You should be familiar with your major flowchart and bring a list of the courses intended to take.
  • If you are not prepared when your name is called, you will be asked to get back on the drop-in list or schedule an appointment.