University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Advising FAQs

As a new student, when should I schedule an appointment to see my advisor?

Because your advisor will be one of the most influential people during your college career, you should meet with your advisor within the first three weeks of the semester. Academic advising is an ongoing process. Meeting with your advisor helps to define your academic or career goals and helps you to choose courses.

What should I do if my advisor's office hours are not compatible to my class schedule?

You may ask the department administrative assistant if the advisor has other available time slots. Email your advisor or leave a voice mail message asking to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Can I make course changes after the first week of classes?

Courses may be dropped with a W (Withdrawal)  grade on the transcript at any time from the tenth day through the ninth week of the semester as indicated on the academic calendar. Discuss any plans with your advisor and submit the completed form to the Office of the Registrar. After the ninth week, you must demonstrate extenuating circumstances and gain approval from the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs before submitting the completed form to the Office of the Registrar.

What if I want to change my major?

Every year more than 20% of entering freshmen enroll as undecided or undeclared, and more than 40% of students change their major at least once. Advisors assist you in the development of strategies for educational-, career-, decision-making-, and self-knowledge.

Should I talk to my parents before changing my major?

Your parents are a vital part of your educational support network. It is helpful for you to discuss your thoughts and feelings with your parents. Your advisor can assist you in developing a plan that can include your parents' involvement in the decision-making process.