Below are some tips from UGA’s academic advisors to prepare you for your first advising appointment:
Students wanting to change their major should do so at least 24 hours prior to check-in of their Orientation session.
All students, and particularly students who are undecided about their academic major, should explore the UGA Bulletin for information about UGA’s vast array of over 170 academic programs.
Explore the Course Schedule before meeting with your advisor, and create a tentative list of courses that you would like to take during your first semester at UGA. However, recognize that the course schedule is subject to change, and you will need to be flexible as you and your advisor create a schedule that combines your originally planned courses and the courses that are available at the time you come to register.
Make sure your supporters understand that you are expected to take control of your academic planning and goal setting during the advising appointment. Your supporters should make alternative plans during your advising appointment. Nonetheless, it might be good to discuss your plans with your supporters beforehand, in case they have questions.
All First-Year students are required to take a one-hour First-Year Odyssey Seminar. There are more than 300 seminar topics to choose from, but we encourage you to come prepared with at least 10 seminars that you are interested in. Complete the FYO Worksheet and bring it to your advising appointment. Spaces in these courses are released throughout the summer.