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Academic advising helps 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 pre-Allied Health 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.

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 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.

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