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Office of the University Registrar

2008-09 Undergraduate Catalog

UF's Academic Advising Mission

The university is committed to quality academic advising for all students. The academic advising mission is to assist students in the attainment of their educational goals. New students are required to attend, and will receive advising, during Preview, UFs new student orientation. After Preview, student advising is handled by college advisers.

University Responsibilities: The Office of the Provost is responsible for providing students, faculty and other advising staff with accurate information in the catalog, course schedules, other publications and ISIS. The faculty, administration and staff share a responsibility to provide accurate information and effective advice.

The Academic Advising Center in 100 Farrior Hall is responsible for acting as an information and referral center to provide faculty advisers and undergraduate students with timely and accurate information. In addition, the AAC provides advice for students interested in postbaccalaureate professional programs such as dentistry, law, medicine and veterinary medicine.

College/School and Department Responsibilities: The dean of each college or school ultimately is responsible for ensuring that academic advice is available and accessible to all students within the college or school.

Student Responsibilities: To graduate, students are responsible for knowing and fulfilling all university, college and major requirements. All students must:

  • Attend the Preview orientation program to receive academic advising before their first term of enrollment,
  • Maintain a GatorLink email address and read official university correspondence sent to this address,
  • Meet with an adviser in the appropriate college/major upon entrance to a major,
  • Confer with an adviser on a regular basis about options for a major if the student is undecided about a major,
  • Review the degree audit each semester to ensure they fully understand their remaining degree requirements,
  • Seek advising when in academic difficulty (e.g., below a 2.0 GPA, doing poorly in a critical-tracking course), and
  • Maintain their own personal academic records, including transcripts, degree audits, evaluation of transfer work and notes from previous advising sessions.

Students who at any time are confused about academic requirements or their progress toward a degree are encouraged and expected to meet with an adviser.

Where to Go for Academic Assistance
Planning future semesters
Degree requirements
Drop a class after drop/add
Add a class after drop/add
Drop a class after the deadline
Transient status
General education requirement
Degree certification
Correspondence study
The student's college
Admission to a major
Information about a minor
The college that offers that major/minor
Unsure about a major The Academic Advising Center, the student's
college or the Career Resource Center
A.A. certification The Academic Advising Center
Withdrawal from the university Dean of Student's Office,
Peabody Hall
Tutoring or help with specific courses
Study skills and learning strategies
The Teaching Center,
Broward Hall