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Advisement Procedures

Before registering for specific courses, you must see an advisor. At this meeting, you will discuss course options, prerequisites, major requirements, general education requirements, and academic progress. Your advisor will endeavor to help you meet your individual needs and time schedule prior to arranging a definite program. You will work with your advisor in an atmosphere of partnership. It is critical to make an early appointment for academic advisement if you wish to build a schedule which reflects your needs.

The University stresses the importance of the academic advising function.  Insistence on receipt of college and high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores prior to admission serves not only to determine admission but also provides information upon which to base program decisions.  You and your advisor may use these scores to determine the level of difficulty of your courses or if you should attempt to proficiency some courses through institutional exams or College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Advising individual students about program requirements and progress to degree is a service provided to you.  It does not relieve you, the student, of the responsibility for knowing your program requirements.  You must confer with your advisor if you have questions about your program or progress to degree.

Advisement Details

New students should call New Student Programs at (618) 453-1000.  

Current students within the College of Education and Human Services will receive an e-mail invitation from their advisor to schedule an appointment.  These messages are sent to SIU.EDU accounts and contain a link which directs users to their specific advisor’s GradesFirst calendar.  Students are able to choose the available time slot which works best for them; scheduling their own appointment. Please Note: all scheduling alerts will be sent to students’ SIU.EDU accounts.


Registration: After you have met with your advisor to select classes, the registration process will secure your enrollment in specific course sections. If you are a student who is new to the University, your academic advisor will assist you with registering via computer, and you will leave the office with your schedule of classes in hand. Subsequent registration will be advisor-aided, and you will have to register yourself via SalukiNet. Students on academic probation will only be allowed to register for fourteen (14) hours.

Placement for Math Courses: Several Math courses at SIU Carbondale require that the student take a placement test as a prerequisite.  Students can also get help from the Math Department's Online Course Review Materials.

Add/Drop: After you register, you will have the opportunity to make changes to your schedule.  If you want to drop a course, add a course, or change a section, you must do so online.  Check on SalukiNet for deadline dates.   If you drop off a closed class card to the advisement office, you still have to add the course online.

Changing Majors: Students changing majors or colleges will maintain their cohort status and will be assessed tuition based on their new major. Their cohort and the Guarantee expiration date will remain constant for a perios of four (4) continous academic years following intitial enrollment. Check with your advisor or an advisor within the major you are changing to.

Withdrawal: If you have officially registered for classes and find you are unable or unwilling to attend or complete the semester (prior to week 8), you must OFFICIALLY withdraw. Simply leaving school does not constitute a withdrawal. Discussion of procedures may be found in the SIUC Undergraduate Catalog, or you may discuss your options with your advisor. The Office of Transitional Programs, located in Student Services Building, Room 0251, 1263 Lincoln Drive (6l8-453-2963) handles this process.

Course Drops: Students officially drop courses through the program change process. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the drop process is officially completed. It is probable that a student, who does not drop by the deadlines, but stops attending during the second half of the semester, will receive a grade of WF or F.

Note: Ceasing to attend a course may also affect a student’s financial aid eligibility. The WF counts as an F in the calculation of the GPA. Students who drop courses after the full refund deadline but remain enrolled in the University will not receive any refund.