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Academic Advising & Support

Academic Advising

Faculty are central to to academic advising at TLU. All tenure-track faculty with one year of service assume academic advising responsibilities.

The faculty role in the advising system is supplemented and supported by the Office of the Vice President and Dean of Students within the Division of Student Life. The TLU academic advising system has as its guiding principle the belief that academic advising is a natural component and extension of faculty teaching and, as such, is integral to student learning.

The purpose of the academic advising program is to assist students in the development of meaningful educational goals that are consistent with personal interests, values and abilities. Although many individuals on campus, including academic advisors, may assist the student in making decisions and accomplishing goals, the academic advisor is granted formal authority by the university to approve the student's academic program of study and assist the student in progressing toward the appropriate degree.

Advising and registration for the spring will occur in the middle of the fall semester. Advising and registration for the fall and summer sessions will occur approximately a month before the end of the spring semester. There are always opportunities for students to participate in late registration periods or register during the first week of classes if they miss scheduled registration.

Three-Week Advising

The three-week advising period is a time for professors to provide feedback on the performance of first year students in their classes. Because it is only the third week of the semester, some professors may not have information to submit at this time; however, we encourage them to provide us insight on their students’ behavior (excessive absences, poor quality and quantity of work, stress, other behaviors that may be a concern). If your student has questions on how to retrieve this information, please share the following instructions:

  • Log into My.TLU
  • Click on “Student” tab
  • Go to “Transcript and Grade Reports” – located on the left side of the screen
  • From there, click on “Three-Week Check” on the page (above Mid-Term Report and Final Grade Report)
  • First year
  • On academic probation
  • In the Education program
  • Athletes
  • Dual participants
  • Transfers
  • Special non-degree-seeking

If you experiencing any trouble on My.TLU please contact the TLU IT Department at (830) 372-6000 or email ishelp@tlu.edu; or visit the IT Help Desk in the Library Basement.

Please note this process will takes place again in mid-October for Six-Week Advising. At that time, we ask professors to submit course averages for our first-year students. You will get a reminder as that time approaches.

For Parents of upperclassmen: Three- and Six-Week Check information is provided for students who are:

  • First year
  • On academic probation
  • In the education program
  • Athletes
  • Dual participants
  • Transfers
  • Special non-degree-seeking

New Student Registration Form

The New Student Registration Form is used to capture your academic interests, strengths, and specific course requests. Alongside other admissions documents, the New Student Registration Form is used by a team of TLU faculty and staff to build a first semester class schedule tailored to your major and interests. Our goal is to build a schedule that sets all students up for success

Paw Print & Pathway Guides

Paw Print: The Paw Print module is required for all incoming students enrolled in the Exploring the Arts & Sciences (FREX 134) course. This module will focus on first-year students’ understanding of why they have decided to get a higher education degree, what they want to do with it to better their life and community, and how they are going to get it done (graduate). Students will discuss the concepts of liberal arts and vocation, will be introduced to Compass (TLU’s General Education Curriculum), and complete a comprehensive education plan for their upcoming college years.

Pathway Guides: Pathway Guides are student leaders cross trained in academic advising and career development and are responsible for supporting students in academic and career exploration regarding personal academic interests, strengths and majors; providing resources for academic and career planning; and serving as a resource for degree planning and course selection prior to registration periods. While Pathway Guide support first-year students through facilitating the Paw Print Reflective module, Pathway Guides are tasked with supporting the entire student body with any academic or career planning needs.

Academic Support

Bulldog Road Map To Graduation

Navigating college can be challenging, especially when you're trying to make sure you've completed specific requirements, earned enough course credit, or attended certain events. TLU's Bulldog Road Map To Graduation visually breaks down what students should be doing year-by-year in an easy-to-read format designed to help them stay on track from freshmen to senior year. Downloadable PDFs are available, and printed copies are available in the Student Activities and Campus Programs Office or in your dorm.

#15To Finish

  • Want to graduate on time?
  • Get better grades?
  • There’s a substantial amount of data that shows how taking 15 credits a semester (or 30 credits each school year) dramatically increases on-time graduation, leads to higher grade point averages (GPAs), and lower dropout rates!

Here a few reminders to help you stay on track to graduate on time:

  • Meet with your academic advisor if you have questions or need help navigating through your degree plan. Remember… you don’t have to wait until the advising and registration period to speak with their advisors. Students can simply email for an appointment.
  • Do not suffer in silence. There are so many benefits to speaking with your instructor or a staff member if you’re struggling inside or outside of the classroom.
  • Take care of yourself! If you need mental health support, our TLU counselor, Dr. Marlene Moriarity is here to help!
  • When it’s not an emergency but you need medical or mental tele-health support, you can visit anytime, from anywhere with TLU Care.
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