Academic Advising FAQ

Schools and colleges, as well as the Academic Center for Entering Students (ACES), assign advisors to help you meet your academic goals and complete degree requirements. Academic advisors are a valuable resource and provide you with information regarding courses, program requirements and registration procedures and may also refer you to other University resources and services. Although your advisor will assist you to determine appropriate coursework each semester, you are responsible for your own academic progress.

Information regarding your academic advisor is available in the Student Administration System (also known as Peoplesoft) which you will use for various functions throughout your career at UConn. You can locate your advisor by visiting this website.
AdvApp is an online advising appointment system used by the schools, colleges and academic departments. You can schedule, look up or cancel an appointment with your advisor using the following website: http://advapp.uconn.edu. You may also call and/or e-mail your advisor to schedule an appointment.

You are encouraged to meet with and communicate with your advisor on a regular basis and at least once a semester before registration. He/she is a valuable resource and can provide you with information regarding courses, program requirements and registration procedures and may also refer you to other University resources and services.

The CSD can assist with the academic advising process to suggest appropriate classroom accommodations. Meeting with your disability service provider (DSP) gives you the opportunity to discuss the impact of your disability on your course schedule each semester. Your DSP can also contact your advisor to inform him/her about your approved accommodations and how they may impact your class schedule. Please note, however, that any recommendations from your DSP does not replace the need to meet with your academic advisor.

Maybe. Although you are not required to disclose your disability information to your advisor, it may be helpful to let your advisor know you are working with the CSD. Telling your advisor about your accommodations and needs may assist with specific course recommendations or assist you to develop a schedule that best meets your needs each semester. For example, tell your advisor if you need breaks between your classes in order to eat or rest in order to avoid scheduling classes that are back-to-back.

Telling your advisor how you learn best (e.g., visual learner, auditory learner) may help him/her make specific course or faculty recommendations, and provide you with information about other resources on campus (e.g., Writing Center, Q Center, Academic Achievement Center, CSD Beyond Access Program) that may be helpful.

It depends. In general, you must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 credits to be considered full time. Some majors and programs may require enrollment in more than 12 credits each semester. However, depending on the nature of your disability, it may be appropriate to take fewer credits. You are encouraged to discuss this with your DSP at the CSD if a full time courseload is not feasible. Additional information regarding a reduced courseload is available on the CSD website at: http://www.csd.uconn.edu/policies_reduced_courseload.html.

If your disability impacts your ability to travel across campus quickly, let you advisor know so that you can schedule an adequate amount of time in between classes to travel. Scheduling classes back-to-back may not leave enough time for you to arrive to each class on time. Talk to your DSP at the Center regarding transportation resources, including the Accessible Van Service.

Probably not. However, if you take medication which affects your ability to be alert during certain times of the day, it may be helpful to tell your advisor about times of day that are better than others so this can be taken into consideration when creating a course schedule.

Your academic advisor plays a key role in assisting you with selecting appropriate courses based on your degree requirements every semester. The CSD can also assist by meeting with you to discuss any courseload concerns either during registration or before the start of the semester. For example, if you have difficulty with reading speed or comprehension, try and avoid taking several classes that require extensive reading in the same semester. If you are challenged by math or other quantitative tasks, try not to schedule more the one Q (quantitative) course in a semester. If writing is a concern, spread out your W (writing) requirements throughout your academic career.

It is fine to ask your advisor if they have any information about a specific instructor. Your advisor may have information about the instructor’s teaching style, course structure, course assignments, or other information that may help you make an informed decision. Other students are also a valuable resource and may have information to share. You are also encouraged to reach out to instructors to seek more specific information regarding their courses. For example, e-mailing an instructor to request a sample of a previous course syllabus is a great way to get an early understanding of a course.

Sharing this information with your advisor may assist in creating a course schedule which allows you time throughout the day for your personal assistant needs.