Office of Exploratory Advising
Director: Stephanie W. Hamblin
Location: Taggart Student Center 304
Phone: (435) 797-3373
The Office of Exploratory Advising (EA) provides advising referrals and information regarding University requirements, academic policies and procedures, academic program planning, University Studies requirements, services, and resources of the University. EA also facilitates the Peer Advising program. Students who are designated as Exploratory, Undeclared Business, or students admitted into the Prep Academy are advised by Exploratory Advising.
The chief function of the Exploratory program is the advisement of students who have not yet decided upon a major or area of specialization. Students in the Exploratory program typically work on their University Studies requirements while exploring major options. This allows them to make progress toward overall degree requirements and provides them with extra time to make wise, informed decisions. Exploratory students are advised by Exploratory Advising until they choose a major.
Students who are enrolled in another department, but feel they have chosen their major unwisely, may transfer to the Exploratory program upon receiving permission from an advisor in Exploratory Advising.
No degree is offered through the Exploratory program. Most Exploratory students are freshmen or sophomores. Prior to the junior year, students should select a major and be taking major courses. Students should not remain in the Exploratory program beyond 60 credits or past the end of the sophomore year.
USU’s Prep Academy
The Prep Academy has been designed for students who do not meet the requirements to be admitted to a four-year bachelor’s degree program. An academy is a place of study or training. Students within the Prep Academy focus on two goals: first, earning a “General Studies” associate degree; and second, earning full admission into a bachelor’s program at Utah State University.
Speak with your academic advisor to discuss specific program requirements.
College Academic Advising
Students who qualify for and have been admitted into an undergraduate degree-granting major are assigned an advisor within their department and/or college.
Each of the eight academic colleges has its own unique advising structure. Some colleges rely heavily on faculty advisors, while others use full-time professional advisors. Some colleges use a combination of each. Advising information for each of the colleges is shown below.
College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
Director of Student Services: Lisa Allen
Associate Dean: Brian Warnick
Location: Agricultural Science 421
Phone: (435) 797-2282
The College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences has six professional advisors in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Student Services Center. This center advises College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences majors regarding General Education and major requirements. Students can receive professional and career advising through their respective departments.
Caine College of the Arts
Director: Jill Hoffmann-Cox
Location: UR 109
Phone: (435) 797-8096
Academic Advisor: Sally Petersen
Location: UR 111
Phone: (435) 797-8096
Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
Director: Ruth Harrison
Location: Business 309
Phone: (435) 797-2272
Within the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, some students are admitted directly into the Huntsman School, while admission for other students who do not meet the school admission criteria is competitive based on available space in the school. Completion of a specific core of classes, along with ACT or SAT score and GPA requirements, qualify students for admission to the school. Admitted students will have the same advisor from admission into a major through graduation.
Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services
Staff Assistant: Lisa Christensen
Location: Education 103
Phone: (435) 797-1443
The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services relies mostly on professional advisors. Most departments have one or more professional advisor. However, the Secondary Education Program in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL) have faculty members who advise.
College of Engineering
Academic Advisor: Kathy Bayn
Location: Engineering 314A
Phone: (435) 797-2705
In the College of Engineering, students are first admitted into pre-majors. The college has three professional advisors who work with all majors. Students are assigned to a faculty mentor after obtaining advanced standing. The College of Engineering has several faculty members in each department who mentor students who have received advanced standing.
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Director: Tom Liljegren
Location: Old Main 106
Phone: (435) 797-3883
Several professional advisors serve students having majors College of Humanites and Social Sciences. The advising center advises these students regarding General Education requirements, and has responsibility for the Liberal Arts major and the Interdisciplinary Studies program. Some departments have faculty advisors assigned to advise students on major requirements. Other departments rely heavily on the Humanities and Social Sciences Advising Center to advise their majors.
S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources
Director: Shelly Kotynek
Location: Natural Resources 120
Phone: (435) 797-2473
The S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources has two professional advisors under the direction of the Dean’s Office. There are also faculty advisors assigned for each of the various majors.
College of Science
Academic Advisor: Janalee Johnson McKesson
Associate Dean: Richard J. Mueller
Location: Eccles Science Learning Center 245
Phone: (435) 797-2481
The College of Science utilizes both professional and faculty advisors. The departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Mathematics and Statistics have both, while the departments of Computer Science and Physics have only professional advisors. The Geosciences Department has a faculty advisor. The College of Science advisor works with students on University Studies requirements, graduation, college scholarships, and academic standing issues.