Academic Advisement

Academic Advisement FAQs

Armstrong State University considers academic advisement to be an essential 
component of the educational experience. Our academic advising mission is to help students 
make program and curricular decisions that result in academic success, progression, and degree attainment.
Our Advisement Policy
“Academic advisors assist students in several areas of their university experience 
including choosing a major, exploring career options, and selecting courses every 
semester. While students are ultimately responsible for their own choices, for 
selection of their academic program, and for meeting university deadlines, 
Armstrong Atlantic does require each student to meet with an advisor at least once 
every semester. The vice president and dean of faculty gives overall direction to the 
advisement program, with appropriate department heads coordinating advisement in 
their departments.”
Academic Advising Goals
Through the advisement process, academic advisors will:
• provide accurate academic and career information;
• help students clarify their academic goals and career choices;
• help each student develop an educational plan for degree attainment;
• clarify university policies and procedures;
• encourage independent decision making;
• facilitate student engagement with university activities, opportunities, and resources.


  1. What is a college catalog?
    The Armstrong Undergraduate Catalog is a book that contains descriptions of academic programs, all the courses offered by the college, the student honor code, faculty, and all official policies and procedures.

    It is important to note that some of the courses are offered every semester, but some courses are offered once a year or once every two years. This is why it is so important to meet with an advisor and plan ahead!
  2. What is academic advisement?
    Academic advisement takes place when students meet with a member of the faculty or staff to discuss academic progress and to choose courses each semester. Students must meet with an advisor every semester.
  3. What is an academic calendar?
    An academic calendar is published every semester, and this calendar lists all the important dates that have an impact on your progress toward a degree. The academic calendar lists things like midterm, last day to drop/add, and final exam dates.
  4. How many classes should I take?
    The number of courses you take will depend on your goals. Students who wish to graduate in 4 years without going to summer school will need to take 15-16 credit hours, which is equal to at least 5 classes per semester.

    If that sounds like too much, you can still be considered a full time student if you take at least 12 hours (4 classes). Some students take only 12 or 13 hours in their first semester to ease their way into college.

    Keep in mind that enrolling in fewer than 5 classes per semester will also extend the time it will take to graduate. A 12-hour plan is a 5-year plan!
  5. Can I skip a freshman math or English?
    Nearly all first semester freshmen take ENGL 1101—Composition 1.
    You’ll earn credit for ENGL 1101 if you have taken the AP English exam and scored a 3 or higher.
    Be sure the Armstrong admissions office has your AP test scores.
    Your ACT or SAT mathematics score is used to determine which math course you’ll take.
  6. What is core curriculum?
    The core curriculum is a grouping of approximately twenty liberal education courses that are required of every bachelor’s degree seeking student at Armstrong, regardless of major.

    The core curriculum focuses in the following areas:
    Essential Skills (English/Math)
    Institutional Options (Ethics/Global Perspectives)
    Humanities and Fine Arts
    Sciences, Math and Technology
    Social Sciences
    Physical Education

    Generally, core curriculum courses are completed during the first two years of enrollment.
  7. When is it too late to add a course to my schedule?
    It’s not a good idea to add a class after the first day.
    Though that option is available to you if you obtain permission, it can be bad for you! You can get way behind and miss a few assignments if you join a class late. Some people never recover from this.

    We recommend that you sign up for all courses prior to the start of the first day of class, and that you see an academic advisor to determine course sequencing and availability.
  8. How do I drop a class after the semester starts?
    If you want to drop a class before classes meet, you can do so via your Port of Armstrong account. To discontinue enrollment in a course that is in progress, you must follow a specific process to avoid a possible failing grade.

    Speak with your advisor and your professor.
    If you still want to drop the course, secure the professor’s signature.
    Take the signed form to the registrar’s office.
    Check your schedule to make sure the class was dropped.

    IMPORTANT: Do not simply stop attending a class or classes. The academic and financial consequences can be significant and long-lasting.