Current students are always welcome to speak with your advisor about concerns, questions, scheduling issues or revisions, semester planning or just to get some feedback. You may have questions about:
If you find yourself struggling, please speak with your advisor as soon as possible so that we can point you in the best direction which could include tutoring or counseling. If you are considering withdrawing from a class, this must be done with an advisor and it must be completed by the published deadline.
The section below was developed to address some frequently asked questions but don’t hesitate to call, e-mail, or meet with us in person to find out more. Please make an appointment to: change your major, withdraw from classes, petition for an overload of credits, seek special authorization, discuss taking classes elsewhere, or any situations involving academic probation.
Planning Your Schedule
Academic advisors are available to assist you with planning your schedule of courses for each semester; however, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with your academic program and requirements. If, after meeting with your advisor, you do not have a solid understanding of your academic program, make sure that you ask questions to get a clear picture of what is expected of you in order to earn the degree you wish to pursue. The following resources can be helpful when planning your schedule:
Bulletin, which contains information on academic programs and requirements, policies, opportunities, etc.
Course Schedule, which allows you to search the course offerings by semester, department, and campus as well as online classes.
Course Descriptions, which provides you with a full listing of courses offered at Temple University and a brief description of each course.
Self Service Banner at TUportal, which allows you to register for classes, change your PIN, update your address information, make payments with a credit card, view financial aid information, view student records, access account balances and more.
Things to consider when planning your schedule:
Do you want to be full-time or part-time? Full-time status is 12-17 semester hours. Part-time is anything less than 12 semester hours. Consider implications of part-time status, such as financial aid and health insurance eligibility.
Be mindful that some courses are not offered every semester. Make sure you discuss course sequencing with your advisor and are aware of any courses that, if taken out of sequence, make it difficult to get back on track.
Check for pre-requisite and co-requisite courses and make sure that you have completed any pre-requisites before registering for a course or that you are registered for the co-requisite.
Think about your long and short term academic, career-related, and personal goals, and consider how these goals affect your academic planning. If you are considering changing your major, discuss it with your academic advisor.
Think about the number of hours you work per week; as a general rule, you should spend at least two hours per credit on your coursework outside of class.
Steps to scheduling your classes:
Review the check sheet for your major, taking note of remaining requirements. If you do not have a check sheet for your major, ask your academic advisor to provide you with one.
Review the Course Schedule and create a schedule including the course number, course reference number, and meeting times. If you are not sure of requirements, create a schedule of possibilities and discuss it with your advisor.
Generate a list of questions you have for your advisor.
Schedule an appointment with your academic advising unit. Ambler campus students, other than Business, can call 267-468-8200 to make an appointment. Business majors can make an appointment by calling 267-468-8581.
Register for classes either with your advisor during your scheduled appointment or using Self Service Banner at TUportal after you meet with your advisor. Make schedule adjustments at any time during open registration period using Self Service Banner. Do not hesitate to contact your advisor if you have questions about schedule revisions.
We encourage all students to meet with an advisor each semester. Use your advisor as a resource in understanding your program and making academic decisions, but remember that you are ultimately responsible for your decisions.