Advising: Frequently Asked Questions
What is an academic advisor?
An academic advisor is a person who helps guide you in making decisions about your academic plan at UT. They can discuss majors, career paths, and other opportunities on campus, such as study abroad or service learning. They are here to help you make your experience at UT the best it can be.
How do I get an advising appointment?
You call the Center for Student Development at 865-974-3232 and set up an advising appointment. It is your responsibility to make that appointment. Prior to registration all current students will receive an email regarding how to set up an appointment online through Advisortrac.
Why do I have to be advised?
Academic advising is an important part of the college experience. Advisors want you to have a productive experience at UT, and they will provide direction to make sure that happens.
How often do I go see an advisor?
Prior to advanced registration, all students who have earned fewer than 30 hours at UT Knoxville or are on Academic Probation, or have not declared a major within a specific college (undecided, pre-major, interest, undeclared) are required to meet with an advisor during each main term of the academic year (i.e., during fall and spring). All other students are required to consult with an advisor for a substantial conference during a designated term each year. However, students are encouraged to consult with a college or major advisor at any point during a term or academic year. Students whose ID numbers end in an even digit are required to meet with an advisor during fall semester. Students whose ID numbers end in an odd digit are required to meet with an advisor during spring semester.
What if I don’t go see my advisor?
If you don’t go to see your advisor, the MyUTK system will not let you register for courses until you have that advising appointment.
What do I talk to my advisor about?
You talk with them about your coursework, course load, majors, opportunities on campus, study skills, etc. Anything that is affecting your studies and your overall experience at the University of Tennessee is important.
What is a DARS report?
DARS, short for Degree Audit Reporting System, is an automated system that compares student’s completed coursework with the requirements for their degree and produces a report (sometimes called an audit) detailing their progress towards that degree. The report also lists the classes that need to be taken making it a great planning tool for future semesters. All of this information is contained in your DARS report which is available online via MyUTK.
A DARS report can also evaluate different scenarios (degree options like minors, second degrees, changing the degree you are seeking) that you may want to consider. The project is managed centrally from the Office of the University Registrar.
In short, a DARS report (audit) will show:
▪ which degree requirements have been met
▪ which requirements are incomplete and what has to be done to complete them
▪ how transfer courses apply toward requirements
▪ the student’s current GPA
▪ any exceptions that have been made for a student
Find step-by-step directions on how to access your DARS report.