Creating an Academic Plan

Why should I create an Academic Plan and how?

Without a detailed plan you may be taking course that you do not require for degree completion. This can hurt you in several ways. One is simply that it will take longer for you to finish your class work. Another is that a financial aid audit is preformed on your coursework and if it is deemed you have taken too many courses that are not part of a specific degree program, you may lose aid or even have to repay some.
  1. Look through the catalog yourself (printed or online). View the degree programs and their requirements. Select one that best fits your interests and future goals.
  2. Use the grid provided on this site to fill in courses you know you must take, such as developmental math or English, along with the courses listed in your program.
  3. Set up a meeting with an academic advisor. All full-time faculty are academic advisors. Even though you are assigned an advisor after your first registration, you can choose any faculty member to be your advisor. Contact your advisor by phone or through e-mail (directory).
  4. When you meet with your advisor be sure to bring several things with you. First off you should have some idea what it is that you want to do with your degree. Advisors do not choose careers for their advisees, they help their advisees meet their educational goals. Your advisor can go through your initial planning grid and help you complete a long-term plan through the completion of your degree.
  5. Follow the plan. Once you have details worked out that consider pre-requisites, recommended course sequences, transfer requirements, and required courses…Stick with the plan. You can always change your mind and your major, but if you plan to keep the same degree path you need to follow this plan and you will successfully complete your coursework.