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University College Advising Center Services

We offer a variety of in-person and virtual advising services.

The University College Advising Center offers a wide variety of in-person and virtual advising services to help you have a successful Texas State experience. We conduct advising appointments, a drop-in Q&A service, and answer questions submitted through the "Ask an Advisor!" email form. Frequent use of these resources will help you stay on a successful academic track.

Read on to learn about these different resources and see examples of what students might be seeking to learn or accomplish by using them.


Advising Appointments

Exploratory, Exploratory Professional, and Bachelor of General Studies students schedule Zoom or In-person appointments with us for various reasons.

Below are examples of the topics students schedule meetings to learn more about. Click on them to see examples of questions commonly explored related to each topic. A typical meeting investigates questions related to multiple topics.

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  • Examples of the type of questions students ask about this topic include:

    • What tools can I use to develop a registration strategy?
    • What things should I think about when designing my schedule?
    • How do I know what courses come next?
    • What is an "alternate" course option?
  • Examples of the type of questions students ask about this topic include:

    • How are GPAs calculated?
    • What’s the difference between Texas State, overall, last 60 hours and other types of common GPAs?
    • How does repeating a course affect GPA?
    • What GPA is required to graduate with honors?
  • Examples of the type of questions students ask about this topic include:

    • How do I know if a course is eligible for Financial Aid funding?
    • What are the graduation requirements?
    • What do the academic probation and suspension policies mean?
    • What are the admission requirements for the major I’m interested in?
  • Examples of the type of questions students ask about this topic include:

    • How do I start exploring major options?
    • What is self-assessment?
    • How do I declare the major I’ve chosen?
    • How do I generate what-if audits?
  • Examples of the type of questions students ask about this topic include:

    • What is a parallel plan?
    • What are good parallel plan options for my major?
    • When should I implement my parallel plan?
    • How do I develop registration strategies that include my parallel plan?
  • Examples of the type of questions students ask about this topic include:

    • Who can help me learn to prepare for tests better?
    • How do I get involved in an organization related to my major?
    • What is undergraduate research?
    • How can I find a job on campus?

There are a lot of topics that can be discussed in a meeting with a University College Academic Advisor! Remember, meetings aren't restricted to just one topic. In fact, most meetings will cover multiple topics per session. We encourage you to bring a list of everything you want to learn during your meeting. If we can't do it all in one session, we'll schedule a follow-up or continue through email when appropriate. 

In addition to meeting with Exploratory, Exploratory Professional, and General Studies majors, we meet with students from all majors at Texas State who are no longer confident in their current major designation and want to explore options in other colleges. These special one-hour major exploration sessions are a highly collaborative investigation of a student's interests, motivations, concerns, strengths, and relevant major options.

To schedule an appointment, call our center at 512.245.2218 or visit our desk in UAC 120 and request to schedule an advising appointment with a University College Academic Advisor.


Drop-in Q&A

Drop-in Q&A is a great resource for simple questions that you feel don’t require a full appointment or even to find out if you need an appointment. Drop-in Q&A is a great tool to help students identify the correct resource for the situation they are currently in. It's quick, efficient, and convenient. 

    • What does this email mean?
    • How do I get this hold removed?
    • Where can I get Math tutoring?
    • How do I ask my instructor for an extension on an assignment?
    • Should I drop this course?
    • I have to miss class for a few weeks, what do I need to do?
    • How do I get involved in undergraduate research?
    • Where do I go for help getting headshots for LinkedIn?
    • What degree type do I enter to generate a what-if audit for [major]?

Exploratory, Exploratory Professional, and Bachelor of General Studies can access our drop-in Q&A services by calling our center (512.245.2218) and asking to speak with an on-call advisor. If you're on campus and want to chat with someone in-person, you can drop by our front desk in UAC 120 and ask to speak with the on-call advisor. 


"Ask an Advisor!" Email Form

The "Ask an Advisor!" email form is similar to the Drop-in Q&A service. It's a great option when you don't have time to wait for a return phone call and don’t need immediate assistance. It’s especially useful for help identifying relevant web information for university services and events, or need a written response that you can reference later. It also works well for any other non-appointment questions like those described above. Most forms receive a response within one business day.