At UCO, our team of academic advisors keeps you on a path to graduation. Think of your advisor as your college degree GPS system— they know how to keep you on your route, even if you make a wrong turn. Along the way, your advisor is there to discuss courses, requirements and experiential opportunities that prepare you for a meaningful and rewarding career.
The Office of Undergraduate Academic Advisement’s team of advisors offers a personal experience through one-on-one meetings, degree checks and more throughout your academic career. Advisors are located in the Nigh University Center, Music and ACM@UCO buildings. Geared toward your major, you’ll find student success advisors located in the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Mass Communication, the College of Business and the Forensic Science Institute.
Academic Advising Essentials
Prepare for your upcoming appointment with your academic advisor or read more about what it takes to fulfill all requirements for your major. The following resources help guide your journey at UCO, whether that’s understanding our academic policies, transferring credits or declaring or changing your major.
Find all forms for declaring or changing your major after meeting with your academic advisor. This section further includes the necessary documents for degree evaluation, transcript requests, third-party account access and course repeats.
You’ve discussed the courses necessary for staying on track to graduate and fulfilling all requirements for your major. Here, you can select and register for courses and build your schedule for the upcoming semester.
All UCO undergraduates have an academic advisor for exploring majors and career paths and declaring a plan of study that will shape their time here. Review advisors by school, and schedule your appointment to get started.
Have questions about academic standing or taking developmental courses? Review all of UCO’s academic policies in detail here, and reach out to your advisor with any additional questions or concerns.
Finish Your Degree
Know where you stand. Use resources like My Degree Plan for a real-time audit of your current credits and what you need to take to get closer to graduation.
UCO considers anyone arriving with at least six transferable credits a transfer student. Use our transfer guide to understand how those credits will be applied toward your degree and which requirements they fulfill.
Browse all courses for the current academic year, and find both degree and major requirements to select classes for the upcoming semester.
Learn more about UCO’s academic standing policies, including what certain classifications mean based on GPA and semester hours.
Find More Resources at the Broncho OneStop
For both incoming and current students, Broncho OneStop offers a central information resource covering everything from admission requirements to graduation. Get more information about academic advising, enrollment and financial aid.
What is Academic Advising?
College is a completely new experience for incoming freshmen students. As well, transfers are becoming acclimated to a different environment after spending at least a semester at community college or another four-year university. You want to get started on the right foot, no matter if you’re still exploring areas of study and career paths or have a defined goal in mind and see UCO as the path to get there.
No matter where you find yourself or your long-term objectives, your academic advisor is a source of insight, guidance, resources and support meant to streamline your experience at Central.
To make the most of your appointments, understand your academic advisor’s role:
- Checking in on academic requirements: Your academic advisor’s primary responsibility is ensuring, after you’ve selected a major, that you’re taking the right courses to meet all degree requirements. This may entail following all sequential courses for your major, taking certain prerequisites to enter a competitive program and ensuring you’ve completed the university core. This will be the case whether you stay on a single track or opt to change your major.
- Insight into majors, minors and career paths: What do you want to study? Where do you see yourself in five years? Although certain individuals may have mapped out a plan, the majority of students start college undeclared—not quite certain about what they want to study or the careers they seek to pursue. Your academic advisor can help you discover or learn more about various career paths according to your strengths and highlight the programs needed to get you there.
- Creating a more personal connection: Especially as a freshman, but even after you’ve been at UCO for a couple of years, the college experience can feel overwhelming at times. Your advisor acts as your mentor, helping you feel more connected to the UCO community. Research has shown that students with more support have a higher likelihood of graduating.
- Thinking beyond graduation: Although academic advisors aren’t career counselors, their wealth of knowledge and experience in your area of study can point you toward skill-building opportunities beyond the classroom. Dive into your passion with clubs and organizations, learn more about how you can participate in research or find out more about an internship in line with your interests.
Learn More About Academic Advising at UCO
Whether you’re a prospective student with questions or a current student seeking to make more out of your experience, contact the Office of Undergraduate Academic Advisement or schedule an appointment with your advisor today.