Academic advising helps undergraduate students develop educational plans, clarify career and life goals, and appreciate the values of a liberal arts education. College Student Academic Services, in partnership with our faculty and staff across the University, is dedicated to helping undergraduate students achieve their educational and personal goals, and to maintaining the academic integrity of our degree programs. We welcome students, encourage them to be active participants in their educational experience, and celebrate their milestones.
CLAS encourages students to consult frequently with advisors whenever they have questions or problems. Academic advisors serve as guides, helping students explore options and make decisions. Undeclared CLAS students with fewer than 90 hours are assigned advisors in the University Advising Center, 126 Strong Hall. UAC also provides prelaw and prehealth professions advising. The premedical advisor 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 advisors and professional advisors in their major departments and in 109 Strong Hall.
College Student Academic Services, 109 Strong Hall, provides additional full-time advisors 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 advisors in their majors as soon as possible. Finally, advisors in SAS work with graduating seniors to ensure timely completion of degree requirements through workshops, degree audits, and graduation advising appointments.
Degree Progress Report
The Degree Progress Report (DPR) is a computerized advising and degree-audit system, used to assist students and advisors in tracking progress toward completion of general education degree and major requirements for B.A., B.G.S., and B.S. degrees. Students should review their DPR each semester and be prepared to review and discuss information contained in the DPR at all advising appointments. The DPR can be accessed through the student's account in the KYou Portal under the Advising tab. Although the DPR 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, 121 Strong Hall.
4-Year Graduation Plans
With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. See the College Student Academic Services website or your major department's section of the catalog.
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 advisors. Students are encouraged to work with the director of graduate studies in their program regarding course selections and individual program requirements to ensure that all program milestones are reached as expected by the program faculty and the College. The graduate studies director or coordinator is also responsible for the regular assessment of students in the program and can address questions regarding a student’s progress toward the degree.
Students seeking information on specific policy or procedures should review the relevant content in the KU Policy Library as well as the College and Graduate Studies sections and the relevant Department or Program section of the online catalog. The College Office of Graduate Affairs, 108 Strong Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org, is also available for assistance.
Students who have completed all degree requirements and are preparing to graduate are encouraged to schedule a Graduation Appointment with the College Office of Graduate Affairs.