Undergraduate Academic Policies
Student Union Building I, Room 304, MS 2E6
Phone: (703) 993-2470
Fax: (703) 993-2478
Admitted students who have not yet decided on a major or who are considering
a change of major, as well as students with other academic issues, are advised
by Student Academic Affairs and Advising.
Students are encouraged to make an appointment for information about general
education requirements, programs, policies, procedures, and other academic concerns.
Student Academic Affairs and Advising also provides information and guidance for
students who are interested in pre-professional programs in the health fields.
Advising is available by appointment Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5
p.m., and Tuesday until 8 p.m., when classes are in session.
Advising upon Entrance into the Upper Division (Junior Standing)
Upon entrance into the upper division, every student should meet with an advisor
to adopt a program of study. This meeting should include:
- A review of the requirements for the degree and major the student has chosen
- A review of the student's record including any deficiencies, which must be
- A discussion of the career and/or graduate study options open to the student
enrolled in such a program
- An opportunity for departmental faculty to evaluate the student's suitability
to major in the chosen discipline
This advising session occurs in the semester in which the student will have
completed 60 or more acceptable credits. The results are a matter of record, with
any approved modifications being entered into the student's computerized degree
Although an upper-division student who has filed an approved program of study
is normally not required to consult again with an academic advisor, it remains
the student's responsibility to seek approval for any change to the program, so
that the computerized degree plan may be kept up to date. In particular, once
a student has completed 60 credits, a change of major requires an extended session
with an advisor in the new major, and approval of a new program of study before
the change is complete.
A student in lower-division status may change majors by filing a Change/Declaration
of Academic Program form with the registrar. These are minimal advising procedures
to be followed in all undergraduate segments of the university; individual units
may require additional advising sessions.