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Undergraduate Student Advisement

East Tennessee State University

Frequently Asked Questions
Who is my advisor?

Students who have declared a major should see an advisor in that major.

Students should contact the department of their major for information or contact the Advisement Resource Career Center (ARC) located on the 2nd level of the D.P. Culp Center 423-439-8650 for a referral.  Please see the following link for quick reference advisor contact list for advisor phone numbers and email addresses.

When do I get advised?

All students have an advisor and should confer with their advisor each semester.  In fact, ETSU requires most students consult with an advisor before registering each semester. 

What are the important dates to remember?

Here is the link to the current calendar. -

Which classes are required for all degrees?

The General Education Requirements - Colleges and universities use the term "general education" to refer to a common set of course requirements that all students must meet, regardless of their major or career goals. The purpose of general education is to help students acquire a broad foundation of skills and knowledge that will be useful in their personal, professional and civic lives.  Please click here to see the courses required -

What is a withdrawal?

Wht if I want to drop a class?

A withdrawal from all courses
Students may withdraw from all classes through the published last day to withdraw for a term. Students withdrawing during the first two weeks of classes will not have those courses appear on their permanent records. Withdrawals from the university from the beginning of the third week through the end of the eighth week will be recorded with a grade of ‘W.’ Withdrawals from the university after the eighth week will be recorded with a grade of ‘W’ or ‘WF’ at the discretion of the instructor.

Students who do not withdraw by the official procedure will receive an ‘F’ for each course.

Dropping A Course
rses dropped during the first two weeks of the term will not appear on the student’s permanent record. Students who drop courses after the second full week of classes through the eighth week will receive grades of W.
After the eighth week of the term students may drop courses only when they can demonstrate verifiable, extenuating circumstances beyond their control, such as illness or accidental injury. Poor performance in a course is not an extenuating circumstance.
Students seeking permission for late drops must present a petition to the dean of the college or school in which they were majoring at the beginning of the term.


Changing majors/minors? 

You will need to contact an advisor for the new major or minor to start the process. Please click here and type in the new major or minor in the advisors search box.

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