The numerous academic options offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, combined with the flexibility to design a personalized program, require careful guidance of students from the first year though preparation for graduation. This guidance is provided by the college academic advising system. The advising office maintains student records and its professional staff coordinates advising activities within the college.

All students are advised through the college to which they are admitted. A professional advising staff oversee faculty advisers and in some cases work directly with the students. All students have a faculty adviser within the department of their field of study. Faculty advisers meet with students and assist students in selecting courses and help students plan for graduation and in some cases graduate studies.

Academic advising has a high priority in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students are expected to see their advisers each term before enrolling. Beyond the formal advising structures, however, all students are encouraged to make full use of the academic resources of the university and to seek advice from members of the faculty on specific academic issues in the areas of particular interest to them.

Nonetheless, students ultimately are responsible for proper enrollment, attainment of acceptable academic standards and fulfillment of graduation requirements.  At the first sign of academic difficulty, responsible students should ask instructors for help and should seek the assistance of the collegiate academic advisers and the Center for Student Academic Support.

Students may inquire at the Office of Advising at any time with regard to specific needs or issues. Students should go to the Advising Office to declare majors, minors and certificates, add and drop classes and declare pass/fail options.


Credit earned at other institutions is evaluated after admission by the academic advisers in the college of enrollment. Transfer applicants will be notified in writing of their advanced standing and the number of hours remaining to complete a degree or certificate program at the University of Tulsa. Once students have completed 62 hours, no additional work from a junior or community college can be applied toward graduation requirements. The last 45 hours of course work must be completed in residence at the University of Tulsa.

Transfer work taken while a student at the University of Tulsa must be approved by the adviser in the student’s collegiate advising office prior to enrollment at the other university. Courses repeated at another institution do not count for University of Tulsa credit without prior approval from the Dean.


Each student is assigned a first-year faculty adviser and coordinates his or her schedule with that adviser until declaring a major.


Students are encouraged to choose a major no later than their sophomore year. Once accepted by a department, the student is assigned an adviser by the department chair.


Students are encouraged to return to the Office of Advising at least once for a graduation check to ensure timely completion of all degree requirements.


Students should return to the Office of Advising prior to the second semester of their senior year for a graduation check to ensure timely completion of all degree requirements.