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Undergraduate Advising

Academic advising helps undergraduate students develop educational plans, clarify career and life goals, and appreciate the values of a liberal arts education. The system is one of shared responsibility in which all members of the College community—faculty, students, and staff—interact to achieve advising goals and desired outcomes. The goal of CLAS advising is to help each student reach maximum educational potential. This goal is achieved by giving students the best possible academic advice, including timely selection of appropriate programs, course work, and other opportunities.

CLAS encourages students to consult frequently with advisers whenever they have questions or problems. Academic advisers serve as guides, helping students explore options and make decisions. Undeclared CLAS students with fewer than 90 hours are assigned advisers in the University Advising Center, 126 Strong Hall. UAC also provides prelaw and prehealth professions advising. The premedical adviser in College Student Academic Services assists premedicine, predentistry, preoptometry, pre-physician’s assistant, and preveterinary medicine students. When students declare majors, they are advised by faculty and advisers in their major departments and in 109 Strong Hall.

College Student Academic Services, 109 Strong Hall, provides additional full-time advisers for students who entered KU before fall 1987 and students at all levels who have policy or petition questions or issues. In addition, SAS provides advising for prospective or new transfer seniors and refers them to faculty academic advisers in their majors as soon as possible. Finally, advisers in SAS work with graduating seniors to ensure timely completion of degree requirements through workshops, degree audits, and graduation advising appointments.

CLAS believes in the Three Rs of Advising established by the KU Advising Network: responsibility, resources, and relationships. Students are expected to schedule regular visits with advisers and take ownership of their education. They should learn about policies, procedures, and requirements and take advantage of on- and off-campus opportunities. Students should work toward relationships with their advisers that foster open communication and build connections.

ARTS (Academic Requirements Tracking System)

ARTS, a computerized advising and degree-audit system, helps students and advisers track progress toward completion of general education degree and major requirements for B.A., B.G.S., and B.S. degrees. Students should take an ARTS form to all advising appointments. They may access copies at www.artsform.ku.edu. Although the ARTS form provides a list of courses taken and grades earned, it is not an official transcript and can be used only for internal advising. Students must obtain all official transcripts from the Student Records Center, 151 Strong Hall.

4-Year Graduation Plans

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download sample 4-year plans for B.A. and B.G.S. majors.

Graduate Advising

Advising of graduate students is primarily conducted within the graduate programs by program staff members and the individual faculty members who act as mentors and advisers. Students are encouraged to work with the director of graduate studies regarding course selections and individual program requirements to ensure that all program milestones are reached as expected by the program faculty and CLAS. The graduate studies director or coordinator is also responsible for the regular assessment of students in the program and should be the one to address questions regarding a student’s progress toward the degree.

For more information regarding College policies and university degree requirements, refer to relevant sections of this catalog or contact the College Office of Graduate Affairs, 108 Strong Hall, coga@ku.edu, for assistance.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.