Undergraduate Advising

As you register for courses and progress through your undergraduate psychology degree, we know it’s important to you to stay on track while you begin to think about all of you options after graduation. Whether you’re interested in internship and research opportunities, or you’d like to start discussing career opportunities – our Advising Office is here to help any time you have questions or need advice.

General Advising

All psychology majors have an assigned advisor. Advisors will send introductory emails to new majors shortly after the declaration deadline of each semester.
 
You may see the walk-in advisor if you do not have a scheduled appointment.  Walk-in advising is designed to schedule appointments, answer quick questions, and drop off paperwork. Walk-in appointments are not to exceed 5 minutes; this is to ensure quick service to all students with walk-in type needs. If you need to meet with your advisor for a more complex situation, please schedule an appointment.

Academic advising is a collaborative educational experience where students and their advisors. This student/advisor relationship requires participation and involvement of both the students and the advisor knowing that, ultimately, the student is responsible for their educational experience.

What You Can Expect From Your Advisor

  • Knowledge of university requirements, policies, rules regarding curriculum, graduation requirements, and academic integrity
  • Encourage and guide you to define clear and realistic educational plans
  • Accurately explain procedures and deadlines
  • Help you navigate the University community while teaching you to utilize the resources for yourself
  • Assist you in learning how to work with University faculty and staff
  • Be accessible via email and appointments
  • Listen carefully to questions, concerns, and issues
  • And to treat you with respect

What your Advisor Can Expect From You

  • Read university, school, and department guidelines to  ensure you know your roles and responsibilities
  • Schedule regular advising and registration appointments (define each appointment) and be prepared
  • Ask questions when you do not understand
  • Be organized and active in your own academic progress including course planning, academic progress, exploring career options and graduate school
  • Follow through with advisor referrals and utilizing suggested resources
  • Make your own decisions
  • Be on time
  • And be respectful at all times

Pre-Registration Advising

Course registration is now online for students. University policy states that all students must meet with an academic advisor for a pre-registration appointment* prior to being able to self-register online for the upcoming semester. The registrar’s office will place a registration hold on all student accounts which will be lifted, enabling a student to register, after the student has met with his/her advisor for a pre-registration appointment. You must see an academic advisor for a pre-registration appointment in order to be able to self-register for the upcoming semester.
 
*If you are a dual or double major, you may, but are not required to, meet with both departmental advisors.

Hours

The Undergraduate Advising Office is located at 3113 Sennott Square.

Undergraduate Advising Office Hours for Summer:

Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – noon
 
Walk-in Advising Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – noon

Email Address:

psyadvis@pitt.edu


To schedule a general or pre-registration advising appointment, please call 412-624-4540. 


*  Please note that during the pre-registration period, you will need an appointment.