Have you scheduled an appointment to meet with your academic advisor? Priority Registration begins on October 31 (most undergraduate windows open November 7-16).
Academic advisors help students plan their classes towards graduation and are available to discuss a wide array of scenarios, including studying abroad, withdrawing from a class or classes, repeating a class, preparing for graduate school or the work force, study habits and strategies, and more.
Undergraduate social work students are required to meet with their advisor each semester before registration. Be sure to check who your assigned advisor is in myUK and schedule your advising appointment before your registration window opens. Students in the College of Social Work can schedule an appointment in myUK using the Appointment Scheduler or by emailing them directly.
It is also helpful to check to see if you have any holds, aside from an advisor hold, on your account. Parking citations and library fines can prevent you from registering early and getting the best selection of classes.
Tips for a Successful Advising Appointment
- Before your appointment, review your degree audit, midterm grades, and draft a list of proposed classes for the upcoming semester.
- Make a list of questions to ask your advisor (studying abroad, campus resources, GPA’s, class requirements, research opportunities, UK Core requirements, etc.)
- Consider what information would be helpful for your advisor to know about you. Your advisor is able to assist you best when they have a full understanding of who you are and if you have any concerns.
- Advisors want to hear about things are going—do you like your current schedule? Do you have enough time to study during the week? What has been going well and what has been a challenge?
- Declaring a double major or minor
- Undergraduate research opportunities
- Graduate school options
- Faculty mentoring
- Transfer student planning
- Campus resource referrals
- Class schedules
- Academic planning
- Career exploration
- Networking and campus involvement
- Education abroad plans
- Certificates and special programs
Social work students also work with the Office of Field Education to prepare for their practicums. The field advisors work to match students to an agency where they can gain the skills and knowledge they need to become professional social workers. Students work with their field advisor to explore agency options based on both their areas of interest and career goals in order to obtain a high quality experience out of their field placement.