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Academic Advisor

An Academic Advisor assists a student in pursuing his/her educational goals, facilitating access to the full range of learning opportunities and services available at Augusta University.

The Academic Advisors are trained in their specific program areas as well as being cross-trained in other disciplines.

Academic Advisors cannot …

    • Make decisions for an advisee but can offer a listening ear and alternatives to consider
    • Change college policy or academic requirements but can inform and recommend course of action.
    • Serve as a personal counselor but can be a resource for referrals to appropriate professional personnel

Students are assigned an Academic Advisor based on their major. You can find your assigned advisor’s picture, email and phone number on the Staff page.

Reminder: The Academic Advisement Center advises students with less than 60 credit hours, students in pre-admit programs, dually enrolled students, and senior citizen audit students.

All students with 60+ credit hours, post-baccalaureate and students admitted to pre-admit programs are advised by their major department. Visit your major department's website for student advising information. 

Students advised in the Academic Advisement Center are required to meet with their advisor once each semester for “next term advisement.” Students will not be able to register for next term courses without meeting with their advisor for mandatory advisement.

Students who feel that their questions can be answered quickly, within 15 minutes, should consider stopping by during their advisor's walk-in hours. All advisors have scheduled walk-in hours on Monday and Friday from 10-11 am and 3-4 pm. 

If you would like to speak more in-depth with your advisor, we encourage you to schedule an appointment. Students should email their assigned advisor to schedule an advising appointment or use the "Schedule an Appointment" link for your advisor on the Staff page

All advisors have scheduled walk-in hours on Monday and Friday from 10-11 am and 3-4 pm. 

Next Term Advisement

Your assigned Academic Advisor will send you a link to schedule a mandatory advisement meeting to discuss next term registration.

Advisement for summer and fall occurs in the spring semester generally after Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Advisement for spring occurs in the fall semester generally after Labor Day.

Advisement meetings are intended to be collaborative in nature.

Students are encouraged to prepare for their advising appointment using the tips provided on the “Prepare for Registration” page.

Advisors play a crucial role in helping students navigate their degree plan; thus, it is imperative that students foster a sense of responsibility for their academic success and prepare accordingly.

At a minimum, students can expect to discuss current course progression, create a list of courses for next term registration, discuss program specific topics (i.e. pre-admit program applications, internships, undergraduate research, etc.), and discuss academic strategies for success.

JagTrax is a web-based advisement tool that helps advisors and students “audit” academic progress towards degree completion and “plan” future coursework. The JagTrax audit provides information about degree requirements. Your audit is a planning tool and not an official certification of graduation.

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The Schedule of Classes will allow you to see which courses are available/being offered by term. You can also view campus location and course restrictions for each course.

Course restrictions often refer to courses restricted to specific majors or student groups (LLC, Professional Scholars, Honors, etc.).

Schedule of Classes

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Augusta University believes a normal course load for an undergraduate student is between 15-18 hours. Undergraduate students who wish to register for more than 18 semester credit hours must receive an approval from either:

  1. The chair of their academic department
  2. The director of the academic advisement center (if they are assigned to the academic advisement center)


Per the AU catalog policy, a student may be approved to register for more than 18 hours only if:

  1. He/She has a regents GPA of 3.0 with at least 15 credit hours taken at Augusta University
  2. He/She is within 30 hours of graduation
  3. The student is granted permission by his/her dean.


View the policy in the University Catalog, located in "Undergraduate: Academic Regulations" and select "normal course load."

Foreign Language courses are not a requirement for Augusta university students; however, students have the option to choose a foreign language course to fulfill an Area C Humanities requirement (Area C is part of the core curriculum).

Some majors may require elective courses but not all majors do. General electives are courses that are non-specific to your major but may be required to fulfill a degree requirement.

General electives complement your degree or could be used as an opportunity to explore another subject area of interest. There is no list of general electives. You will want to choose a complementary course of interest, view its pre-requisites via the University Catalog and ensure the course is being offered in the term you wish to take it via the Schedule of Classes.

Students should plan their electives in a manner that does not delay their graduation timeline. For example, do not take all electives in one semester but rather maintain a balance between major specific courses and electives.

If you are unsure of what content will be covered in a particular course, you can view the course description via the University Catalog.

    • Click on the "Course Description" tile
    • Search by course name and number

Pre-requisite is a course that must be satisfactorily completed prior to taking another course. Pre-requisites may be found at the end of the course description in the University Catalog.

For example, if a student wishes to take ENGL 1102, the student must have first earned a grade of C or better in ENGL 1101. 

Co-requisite is a course that must be taken together in the same term. Courses that require co-requisites are noted in course descriptions printed in the University Catalog.

Core classes encompass general education requirements that provide students an opportunity to explore various disciplines and expand their knowledge. At Augusta University, all students are required to complete a group of general education courses known as the "Core Curriculum."

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Students considering a change of major should:

    • Review the University Catalog for a list of degrees and majors offered at Augusta University.
    • Speak with their currently assigned Academic Advisor regarding their desire to change majors.
    • Consult Career Services to explore career options.


Once a student has determined a new major of interest, the student should work with their currently assigned Academic Advisor to complete a student records update form.

    • Students interested in adding a minor or certificate to their current degree plan should also complete the student records update form per a conversation with their Academic Advisor.


Students should be aware that their major will be changed effective the following academic term. For example, if a student changes their major halfway through the spring semester, their major will not be effectively updated in JagTrax until the start of the first summer session.

Course Changes/Concerns

Typically, the first week of every semester is the add/drop or schedule adjustment period. Students can modify their course registration as much as needed during this period. 

During add/drop, if a student adds a course to their schedule and their tuition bill is updated, the student must be prepared to pay for the additional class by the end of business on the day the course is added to their schedule. 

See Add/Drop & Withdraw.

If a student chooses to withdraw from a course after the add/drop period, the student will receive a "W" on his/her academic transcript.

A "W" does not affect you GPA but does indicate that you withdrew before successfully completing the course.

A "W" may impact your financial aid; therefore, we advise you to speak with you Financial Aid Counselor before considering your withdrawal.

You will not face monetary penalty for making schedule changes during the add/drop period. Your fees will be updated based on any changes you make in your total registered credit hours. For example, if you were enrolled in 16 hours before the term start date and decide to drop down to 13 hours, you may get a refund. However, if you increase the credit hours you enrolled in after the semester start date, you will see a new balance to pay on your account.

See Registration Steps, page 3.

The deadline for withdrawal is published on the University’s Academic Calendar for each semester.

D2L should be active on the morning of the first day of class at 8am and it should reflect all courses a student is enrolled in for the current semester. If the student has adjusted their schedule (i.e. changed classes) during the first week, please allow a minimum of 24 hours to see an update on your D2L account.

If a student does not see any course material on D2L, the student can contact the professor via email. Professor’s emails can be located on the detailed schedule in POUNCE.

For students experiencing technical challenges accessing D2L, please contact IT Help Desk.

Academic standing is a reflection of how you are doing academically and is determined by how far you have progressed in your academic degree and what your GPA is.

Academic Probation -- Any undergraduate student whose institutional GPA at the end of a semester is below a 2.00 will be placed on Academic Probation. Students may continue to attend Augusta University but will need to seek additional academic assistance to ensure their progress towards good academic standing. Students should consult the Academic Success Center for tips and academic coaching to develop a plan for academic success.

Academic Suspension -- Students who are on probation and fail to meet the minimum GPA requirements per their progression level will be suspended. The mandatory minimum term of suspension is one semester.

Reinstatement after Suspension -- Students who wish to return after suspension can submit an appeal for reinstatement (see also Requesting Reinstatement from Academic Suspension on the University 101 page)

For additional information, please visit AU Catalog:

    • Click on “Academic Regulations.”
    • Select “Undergraduate: Academic Regulations.”
    • Select “Academic Standing” from the alphabetical list

Students can see up to date HOPE scholarship information on the Office of Financial Aid webpage.

Students are encouraged to speak with their Financial Aid Counselor about their questions related to financial aid. 

Effective fall 2021, there is no longer a limit on how many courses a student can withdraw from. However, withdrawals can affect your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and may have negative implications on your financial aid. Please consult your advisor and the Office of Student Financial Aid before considering a withdrawal.

A student who withdraws after the withdrawal deadline, receives a grade of Withdraw Fail (WF) except in cases of medical, hardship, or military withdrawal. WF grades will be treated as F grades for GPA calculations.

Any course dropped after the add/drop period and before the withdrawal deadline is considered a withdrawal (W). It appears as a W on your transcript and counts in attempted hours. It does not impact your GPA but can impact other areas such as your financial aid, full-time status, and athletic eligibility. Therefore, students should consult their advisors, financial aid, and their athletic coach before considering a withdrawal.

Students facing external situations can choose to complete one of the following withdrawals from the university:

*Dean of Students office assists students who may want to request medical or hardship withdrawal on a case by case basis.*

    • Medical withdrawal – can be requested when students are experiencing a medical emergency or condition that prevents them from completing their coursework for the current semester. Note: students must withdrawal from all of their classes to receive a medical withdrawal.
    • Hardship withdrawal – can be requested if students are experiencing an unexpected occurrence in their life that may require withdrawal from all courses for the semester.
    • Military withdrawal – can be requested by students who are active duty military and receive reassignment orders that would prevent completion of their term.

A bachelor’s degree at Augusta University consists of three main components regardless of the student’s major/career path and will generally culminate to 124 credit hours:

  • Core Curriculum -- Can be explored on AU Catalog and is typically broken down into areas A-F; usually adds up to 60 credit hours

  • Major Requirements -- Each major has a different set of requirements that can be explored via AU Catalog under the Degrees and Majors tab; usually adds up to 60 credit hours

  • Wellness requirements -- 4 credit hours; noted at the end of each major requirement on Degrees and Majors tab on AU Catalog.

    • WELL 1000  Wellness integrates the physical, mental, social, and environmental aspects of wellness. Healthy lifestyle choices are encouraged through education and fitness wellness assessment. WELL 1000 is a two-credit hour and does not replace the two, one-credit hour wellness activity courses.
    • WELLNESS ACTIVITY courses are physical fitness based courses that range from sports-style activities like basketball or volleyball to jogging, rowing and self-defense. Wellness activity courses are offered each semester but the variety of courses differ from semester to semester.

A student registered for 12 or more credit hours is considered attending full-time. A student registered for less than 12 credit hours is considered attending part-time.

If you are a student athlete or living on campus (or both), you are required to attend full-time. For further information about campus housing, students can contact Housing and Residence life. Student athletes can contact the Athletics department.

Financial aid can also be impacted by a student’s full-time versus part-time status. For specific questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

In order to graduate in four years, it is recommended students take 15-16 credit hours each term so that they may easily obtain 124 credit hours at the end of eight semesters (equivalent to four academic year). Students are typically required to earn 124 credit hours to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

Online courses can have asynchronous or synchronous lectures.

  • Asynchronous online courses are taught completely online with no assigned meeting time.

  • Synchronous online courses are taught completely online; however, students may be required to report to an online platform (indicated by the professor) at a set time each week. For example, a course may be listed as “WEB” in the university schedule of classes but has a meeting time of 12-1250 PM.

  • Log on to POUNCE.

  • Click “Student.”

  • Click "Student Records."

  • Click "View Unofficial Academic Transcript."

Your JagTrax shows you multiple GPAs, one of which is institutional GPA. The institutional GPA will replace your grade but the overall GPA looks at the average of both attempts. Therefore, it is generally NOT recommended that you retake courses and your specific circumstance should be discussed with your Academic Advisor to reach an informed decision on whether to retake a course or not. Your Advisor will help you understand the positives and negatives of retaking a course.


Transfer Credits and Transient Process

You can request your AU transcript to be sent to your future transfer school via POUNCE > Student > Student Records > Request official transcript.

Each school has different requirements for their transfer applicants so that should be discussed with your future school’s admissions office.

Augusta University does accept Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and dual enrollment credits.

Students should become familiar with the Credit by Examination page found on the Admissions website. This website shows you what credits are accepted for AP/IB and various other examinations for credit.

Students wishing to transfer dual enrollment credits from another institution to Augusta University should utilize the Transfer Equivalency Guide to determine what courses will transfer directly to Augusta University. Keep in mind that a course may transfer to Augusta University but may not fulfill a degree requirement for your specific major.

Should a student have questions about how their dual enrollment credit will transfer, the student should consult the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Students may also find the information found on the Admissions website regarding Transfer Credit.

Students wishing to remain enrolled at Augusta University but who are planning to take a course at another institution with the intention of transferring that credit back to Augusta University are considered transient students.

Students interested in taking a course outside of AU must complete a transient permission form. You can access the transient request form by going to Registrar’s webpage, click on Forms and scroll down to “Request for Transient Permission.”

Students should check with the transient institution about course availability and when and how to register.



Each professor decides what textbooks are required for the particular course they are teaching. Students can see the required textbooks on the RoarStore website by following the steps below:

  • Open the RoarStore webpage.
  • Click on “New or used textbook” at the top
  • Select “Online” or “Jag Compare” – both features will ask you to filter your results by selecting the term (example: Fall 2021), selecting the course, section of the course and professor teaching the course. These filters will help you see the specific textbooks your professor is requiring for your section of a course. If you are unsure about what section you are enrolled in, please look at your detailed schedule in POUNCE.
  • If you do not see the name of textbooks required for your courses on RoarStore, please email your professor directly. Your professor’s name and email can be found on the detailed schedule in POUNCE.


Please note the Jag Compare feature allows you to look at textbook prices for RoarStore and several online textbook sites such as Amazon.

All students must have their current vehicle registered with the parking office in order to park on campus. Parking registration instructions can be found on the Parking Office website.

Additionally, Student Guide to Parking has parking rate, tips on where to park if you are on different AU campuses, and tips for residential versus commuter students.

Each accepted student will need a JagCard to access university buildings and events. To obtain yours, please follow instructions provided on the JagCard Office website.

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