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Frequently Asked Questions

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When should I see an academic advisor?

Students are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with an academic advisor each semester, prior to their registration access periods. Students can also meet with an academic advisor for assistance in planning their degree programs, exploring major and minor options, and for discussion of GPA and academic performance.
 

How do I find an academic advisor and schedule an appointment?

PACE students should contact the PACE Advising Center at 512.245.PACE (7223) to locate an advisor and to schedule an appointment. PACE students can also schedule appointments in person at the University College reception area, located in the main lobby of the Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC).

Exploratory students should contact the University College Advising Center at 512.245.2218 to locate an advisor and to schedule an appointment. Exploratory students can also schedule appointments in person at the University College reception area, located in the main lobby of the Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC).

All other students should make advising appointments through the academic advising center that supports their major. This website features a list of Academic Advising Centers, along with locations and phone numbers. A list of majors with links to appropriate advising centers is located on the Academic Advising homepage under the "Find Your Advisor" column.
 

Should I bring anything to the appointment?

Each academic advising center has its own requirements for what students must bring to appointments, such as a degree audit report. Consult your academic advising center's website or call for specific information. Those websites are linked within the list of Academic Advising Centers, along with locations and phone numbers.
 

What is a degree audit?

A degree audit lists all of the requirements for your degree, including the number of credit-hours required for core courses and the requirements for your major and minor. It notes whether requirements have been satisfied and indicates the parts that are still in progress. Students are encouraged to use their degree audit report as a guide for planning academic coursework and for monitoring progress toward completion of requirements.

Students can obtain a degree audit online through DegreeWorks (login required). However, students are encouraged to make an appointment with an advisor for assistance in interpreting their degree audit, as well as to verify accuracy of the reports and to ensure that students have the most up-to-date information regarding their degree plans. A degree audit is not an academic transcript, and it is not an official notification of completion of degree or certificate requirements.
 

Do I have to be advised before I can register?

No. However, students are highly encouraged to make an appointment with an academic advisor prior to registration in order to ensure progress toward meeting degree program requirements and to discuss such issues as academic performance.
 

How soon in advance should I make an appointment?

Students are encouraged to make appointments as far in advance as possible. Appointment times fill up quickly, especially those dates/times close to registration access periods.
 

Do I have to see the same academic advisor every time I make an appointment?

No. You can see a different academic advisor for each appointment. However, you must see an academic advisor within your specific academic advising center.
 

How do I change my major or minor?

Students wishing to declare or change their major or minor should make an appointment with the academic advising center responsible for that major or minor. In addition, students will need to complete a change of major form.

Helpful Links:

Note: A list of majors with links to appropriate advising centers is located on the Academic Advising homepage under the "Find Your Advisor" column.
 

If I'm not a freshman, can I still use the PACE Advising Center?

Any first-year student at Texas State who starts in the fall or spring semester can use the PACE Advising Center until the end of the spring semester of that academic year.
 

If I have a hold on my account, can I still register?

No. You must clear all holds in order to register. You can check academic holds online (login required).