Academic Advising

What is the role of Academic Advisors?

Academic advisors are educators and problem solvers who advocate for students as they navigate their personal journeys through higher education and attain their academic goals. Through inclusion and connection, academic advisors open doors to new opportunities for self-awareness and growth, empowering students to define their roles as citizens within local and global communities.


Advisor’s Responsibilities to Students:

  • Listen attentively to your questions and concerns.
  • Respect your unique interests, abilities and circumstances.
  • Help you to explore academic and extra-curricular options that support your personal and career interests.
  • Explain degree requirements if you have questions about them.
  • 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 how to 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 sessions by bringing appropriate documents (DARS, test scores, transcripts, etc.), making a list of questions and concerns and planning a tentative class schedule.
  • Take responsibility for learning and complying with university requirements, policies and procedures.
  • Honestly communicate your 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, and keep all documents until you graduate.
  • Meet with your advisor regularly, and whenever you have a question or concern.

Frequently Asked Advising Questions:

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

Degree Audit Reporting System instructions can be found here.

What is a catalog year?

A catalog year is the year you declared your major. When running a DARS report for your major, you should always use the appropriate catalog year. You can do this by clicking the “Generate DARS Report for My Major(s)” link in your CIS.

Why is my catalog year important?

Degree requirements can change from year to year. This happens most commonly with major course requirements. You don’t want any surprises, do you? To be sure you are fulfilling the requirements for your particular catalog year, generate DARS for the correct year – YOUR catalog year.

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

The University of Utah offers students the opportunity to plan courses for their degree with the online Graduation Planning System (GPS), available through Campus Information System (CIS). More information can be found here.

What do I do if I have a registration hold?

You need to log into CIS (link to a new window)

  • Look for the “Records” section on the student tab.
  • Click on “HOLDS.”
  • Look for the name in red on left side.
  • Click on the red link.
  • Look for the reason that the hold was placed and follow the instructions for contacting the office to release the hold.

Depending on the type of hold, you may need to contact different offices. Read the registration hold policy in the Student Handbook.

If you still do not know what to do, contact your academic advisor to help you figure out your next steps so you can register.

What are some ways that I can get involved on campus?
There are many ways to answer this question as there are students at the University. Please make an appointment with a College of Fine Arts academic advisor so we can help you explore opportunities that interest you.

To schedule an appointment with a College of Fine Arts advisor online, CLICK HERE, or please call University College scheduling: 801.581.8146.

What do I do if I need to take a leave of absence?
Academic advisors understand that sometimes students need to take a break from their education.  Before you leave the University, please make an appointment with your departmental academic advisor to learn what you need to do now to make your return to the University of Utah easier.


Student Academic Resources:

College of Fine Arts Website

University College Website

University of Utah Catalog


Degree Audit Report that is generated through the Campus Information System

Student Handbook for information on policies and procedures (drop/add, cr/nc, etc)

Academic Calendar for important deadlines for the term

Career Services for information about careers related to majors, who hires U of U grads, internships, etc.

Student Affairs for information about student services, such as Career Services, Center for Student Wellness, Disability Services, Financial Aid & Scholarships, Learning Abroad, LGBT Resource Center, Testing Center, Tutoring, Women’s Resource Center, and many more…


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