Planning Ahead- Tips for Academic Advising

Spring Celebration of Student Scholarship

Preregistration for the fall semester is right around the corner. Undergraduate students will begin to register on April 9, with juniors registering April 13, sophomores on April 15 and freshmen on April 17. Prior to registering, your student should consult to verify his or her registration time ticket and prepare by scheduling a meeting with his or her academic advisor. Your student can request an appointment with an advisor by e-mail, phone, or through the online appointment system.

Encourage your student to reach out to their advisor early to increase the availability of meeting times prior to registration. If your student is unsure of how to contact their advisor, he or she can consult the advisor locator.

Before meeting with his or her advisor, your student can consult several Mason resources to review planning sheets, course offerings, and degree requirements. These resources include:

  • Academic Planning Sheets: This resource is especially helpful if your student has not declared a major. The academic planning sheets can assist your student in reviewing degree requirements for several different.
  • Patriot Web: By visiting Patriot Web, your student can review his or her transcripts and review his or her degree evaluation. Instructions for accessing and utilizing the degree evaluation planner can be found on the University Registrar website.
  • Plan for Fall: Also on Patriot Web, your student can plan his or her fall 2015 semester schedule by reviewing the course offerings. This information is found in the Student Services section.

If your student has questions about the registration process encourage them to visit or contact their academic advisor to learn more!

Ann Lewis
Assistant Dean,
Director, Center for Academic Advising, Retention & Transfers