Advising Process FAQs

How Advising Works in the College of Engineering

All W.S. Lee College of Engineering first-year students (including students who attended an Early College or were Dual-Enrolled in college courses) are advised in the Office of Student Development and Success (OSDS) until they successfully complete the freshman curriculum and are moved to their academic department.

OSDS supports students who need to complete foundational courses like mathematics, sciences and introductory engineering, engineering technology, and construction management courses. OSDS helps students to transition smoothly into their engineering majors. Students must complete specific Progression Requirements to matriculate to an engineering, engineering technology or construction management department.

The maximum length of time students are advised in OSDS is three semesters (if starting in the appropriate math course) or four semesters (if starting in a lower math level); not including summer semesters. After this time, students will matriculate to their major department or will transition into another major outside of the W.S. Lee College of Engineering.

OSDS is on the second floor of Smith Hall located in room 228.

  • Preregistration advising for Spring classes begins in October after Unsatisfactory Midterm Grades notices are emailed to students.
  • Preregistration advising for Fall classes begins in March after Unsatisfactory Midterm Grades notices are emailed to students.
  • Preregistration advising for Summer classes begins in March (same time as fall pre-registration advising) after Unsatisfactory Midterm Grades notices are emailed to students.

Watch for an email announcement from your LCOE Advising Canvas page and through Connect from your major advisor.

Advising holds are placed on students’ Banner account to restrict students from enrolling in classes. Each semester, you are expected to develop a schedule of classes for the next semester and have your major advisor review for approval.

The advising hold is there to ensure that your major advisor has approved your planned schedule. You will be able to see the advising hold dates on your Banner account. The hold will not impact your current courses. The advising hold is not active until the first day of registration. The hold will be lifted when your major advisor has approved your schedule.

In addition to preparing a schedule of classes for your major advisor to review, there are other pre-registration advising requirements stated in the LCOE Advising Canvas module that must be completed before the advising hold is lifted. The module covers University and College policies and agreements.

Students have multiple Success Team members (see all in Connect). For pre-registration advising, students advised in OSDS must meet with their major advisor to have the advising hold lifted. Students are welcome and encouraged to meet with any member of the Success Team at any other time they have questions or need assistance.