Advisement and Registration
Students are assigned an Academic Advisor once they have declared a major. Students should meet with their Advisor every semester as they progress into the major course work. Although ultimately it is the student’s responsibility to verify what courses and requirements are needed to complete the degree, the Advisor is there to assist in double-checking the student’s progress. Advisors will also inform students of any changes to the requirements for their major.
Students with more than one major should be advised by an Advisor in each major.
Who is your Advisor?
Can't get in touch with your Academic Advisor?
If you are having trouble contacting your academic advisor, please contact Ms. Barbara Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
If you have recently changed your major and have not been assigned a new Advisor, please contact the department of your major and speak to the department administrative assistant.
**Students who want to change their major should contact the department office of the new major to fill out the Change of Major form.
Students are responsible for the following:
- Learn the requirements for your major(s) and/or minor(s).
- Know what prerequisites courses you need to complete before you can take courses for your major/minor.
- Maintain communications with your academic advisor. Make appointments. Show up on time and be prepared. Call or email if you need to reschedule.
- Check your Gamecock email (GEM) daily for important updates from the university, your professors, and/or advisors.
- Know and register for the courses recommended by your academic advisor.
- Read over the Student Handbook and Catalog to be informed of all policies, procedures, and other important information. Knowledge is power!
- Accept responsibility for your decisions and actions.
- The ultimate responsibility for understanding and completing degree and graduation requirements lies with the student.
Students should contact their Advisor two to three weeks before registration begins to set up either a face-to-face advisement appointment or an email correspondence if they are 100% online. Some departments will contact students to inform them when the department will be advising. Students will need to have prepared a trial schedule before the appointment. Advisors cannot clear students for registration without the trial schedule, as the Advisor will need to verify that the courses chosen will meet requirements for the degree. To choose courses, students need to look at the checksheet for their major.
Once a student has an approved list of courses, the courses can be added to their cart via the Student Planner. Access the Schedule Planner Instructions.
- Contact your Academic Advisor 2-3 weeks before registration begins to set up an advisement appointment.
- Look at your check sheet/plan of study to see what courses you will need to take during the next semester.
- View the Interactive Class Schedule, or your Student Planner to see the courses that will be offered during the next semester.
- Review your degree evaluation each semester to ensure you are progressing in the timeline you have set for yourself.
- Complete your Trial Schedule before your advisement appointment.
- Although 12 hours is considered full time, we recommend 15 credit hours each semester to graduate in a timely manner.
- You do not need to complete all of your Honors level courses all at once. The Honors program is structured so you can complete the 24 hours within eight semesters.
- Most Science courses require students to register for both a lecture and a lab. While the lecture class may meet multiple times each week, the lab meets separately usually once a week.
- When registering for courses, please note the meeting days. M = Monday, T = Tuesday, W = Wednesday, R= Thursday, F = Friday, S = Saturday.
- It is okay to schedule courses back to back. Most buildings can be reached within 10-15 minutes by walking or through campus transit.
- If you end up in a course that you realize may be too challenging or difficult to get to in the time frame, you can change your schedule during the first week of classes.
- Check with your advisor before changing courses. Some courses are not available every semester. Dropping a course could add to the time you will need to graduate.
- Check with your advisor, VA, Financial Aid, and/or Scholarships Office before you drop courses during the semester. This could cost you money or time if you do not.
- Ask your advisor questions. If you do not understand something, ask. Your advisor will be able to either answer your questions or put you in contact with someone who can.
Academic Transcripts and Degree Evaluation
Accessing your Academic Transcripts and Degree Evaluation, along with keeping a copy of your major and minor check sheets and academic Plan of Study, will assist you with staying on track and completing your degree on time.
Follow these 4 easy steps:
- Log into your MyJSU account
- Click on "Self Service Banner."
- Click on "Student Records."
- Click on "Academic Transcripts" or "Degree Evaluation."