The Role of an Academic Advisor
The mission of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Office of Academic Student Services is to provide information about the academic requirements and resources of the Franklin College, the University of Georgia, and the University System of Georgia. Advisors foster an environment of trust, respect, and mutual responsibility, while encouraging students to develop an appreciation for the enduring value of the liberal arts experience. Advisors educate students about the unique challenges and diverse possibilities at a large university. Students are encouraged to engage in a process of exploration and self-discovery that ultimately will lead to the realization of their academic and professional goals.
Advisors in the lower-division advising office of the Franklin College advise currently-enrolled freshmen and sophomores who are pursuing majors in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences or who plan to apply to the Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication or the Terry College of Business. Because we cannot access full records for prospective students, we are not able to 'pre-advise' incoming freshmen or transfers prior to orientation or to suggest the most appropriate high school courses for future applicants. For information on applying to UGA and a transfer course equivalency link, please see www.uga.edu/admissions/.
Incoming transfer students may contact the Office of Transfer Academic Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 706-542-6400. Incoming high school students should contact the UGA Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information about applying to UGA. The Admissions office hosts events that provide opportunities to meet with Franklin College advisors.
Because of FERPA restrictions, academic advisors are very restricted in information we can share with parents. It is best for students to email their assigned advisor directly from their uga.edu account if they have questions.
Academic advisors in the lower-division office cannot override pre-requisites for courses – those requests must go to the academic department that teaches the course or to the course instructor.