Frequently Asked Questions About Academic Advising and Course Registration

Do I have to make an appointment in order to meet with the department’s professional academic advisor?

It is strongly advised that you make an advance appointment with the your academic adviser, by phone or e-mail, so that the advisor can review your file and be better prepared to help you. Contact information for the department’s professional academic advisor is in the Contact Us section.

What if I would like to change faculty advisors? Can I choose a new faculty advisor?

Students who wish to be re-assigned to a particular faculty member must notify the Department’s Office Support Specialist.

Students who request a particular faculty member must obtain his or her approval before the request can be granted. Occasionally, the faculty advisor a student requests is already carrying a full load of advisees and can’t accommodate an additional student. Under such circumstances, students will be assigned to another available adviser within the department.

What is Departmental Approval? Why do I have to have Departmental Approval in order to register for some of my psychology courses at UIS?

Departmental approval is granted by the Department’s Office Support Specialist. It is not granted by the instructor of the course. Some psychology core courses require you to obtain Departmental approval before registering so that we can give psychology majors priority during the registration process. It provides our majors with maximum opportunity to enroll in the coursework required for their degrees and in the sections that best fit their schedules.

The course I want to register for is full, but my name has been placed on a “wait list.” Does that mean I’ll be able to register for the course soon?

At times, there are many more students seeking to enroll in psychology courses, or a particular course section, than can be reasonably accommodated. In such cases, the Psychology Department Office Support Specialist maintains a “wait list”– a list of students who want to register for the course if an opening becomes available.

Having your name on the wait list does not guarantee that you will eventually be able to enroll in the course. However, the Office Support Specialist makes every effort to keep waiting students informed about the probability they will or will not be able to enroll.

How can I register for an overload?

The departmental policy is to consider granting overloads for students who have an institutional GPA of 3.3 or higher. Meeting this GPA requirement does not mean that your request will automatically be approved at the departmental level, but it does mean that if you do not meet this requirement your request will be denied. You should meet with the Department’s professional academic advisor to discuss your overload. Summer overloads will not be granted, regardless of GPA.