Academic Planning

What is academic planning?

Academic planning encompasses a broad spectrum of responsibilities: noting your academic progress by using GradPlan and reviewing the corresponding Graduation Checksheet for your major, keeping up with the deadlines listed on the Academic Calendar, and maintaining regular contact with your academic advisor. Most importantly, academic planning requires you to look beyond the current semester and be mindful of your long-term goals. Once you know your long-term goals, you can then consider how you will work towards fulfilling them while here at UNC Asheville.

Why is academic planning important?

Academic planning's importance lies in its utility. Without planning ahead, your progress towards completing your degree at UNC Asheville may be hampered or delayed. Your academic advisor can be your best resource regarding academic planning, but the responsibility to make the most of your advising relationship ultimately lies with you.

How do I get an advisor?

For freshmen, your first advisor will be your 178 Introductory Colloquium professor. During your first semester, you will be contacted via email so that an academic advisor can be assigned from within your major area of interest. Being assigned to a faculty advisor does not declare your major. Undecided students will be assigned a OneStop advisor.

For transfer students, you will be assigned a faculty advisor in your intended major within the first few weeks of the semester. Undecided transfer students will be assigned a OneStop advisor and being assigned to a faculty advisor does not declare your major.

Students can view their primary advisor in the View Student Information link in OnePort or in GradPlan.  When you obtain the name of your advisor, utilize the campus directory located in the upper right corner of the main UNC Asheville web page. Your advisor’s campus phone number, email address, and office location information are located in the campus directory.

You can change your advisor at any time after your first semester, based on your personal and academic needs. You can also have multiple advisors for multiple academic interests (for instance, if you are majoring in Management but also interested in Philosophy, you can have an advisor from each discipline).

If you have not officially declared your major and want to change or add an advisor, you need to bring a completed "Request for an Advisor" form to OneStop. Take the form to the faculty member you want as an advisor and have him/her sign the form. Once completed, return the form to OneStop Student Services for processing.

If you have already declared your major and want to change your major advisor, be sure to have the department chair sign the "Request for Advisor" form in addition to the new advisor.