Advising Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for classes?

How do I know when I can register for classes?

How can I meet my Fly-in-4 checkpoint?

What do I do if I don’t pass a course I need for my major?

What are the different types of advising appointments?

How can I change my major?

How do I withdraw from a course and what are the consequences?

How do I file a grievance?

How do I request a leave of absence?

How can I request an excused withdrawal?

Why can’t I register for Human Anatomy & Physiology? The courses look like they’re open but I’m not able to register.

What should I do if I can’t get an appointment when I want to come in?

How do I waitlist for a course?

 

How do I register for classes

To register for classes, start in the Student Tools tab on TUPortal. Under the “Registration” channel select “Add or Drop Classes” and then select the term. This brings you to the Add or Drop classes page.
 
If you know your CRNs already, you can simply enter them in the Add Classes Worksheet boxes and submit changes. If you need to look up the courses, click on Class Search. From Class Search, select the subject of the course and click on “Course Search” to find the specific class you are seeking.
 
When looking for GenEds, click on “Advanced Search.” Highlight all of the subjects, select your campus (typically Main) and then select the GenEd categories under “Course Attributes” and click on section search. Once you are able to view the sections, click on the check box for the section you wish to register for, scroll down and click on “Register.”
 

How do I know when I can register for classes?

Registration for the next semester or summer session occurs during the “priority registration” period. Your day within the “priority registration” period is determined based on your total earned credits to date (this does not include credits you are currently registered for). The schedule for registration is emailed to you every semester and can be found on the Registrar Office’s website.
 

How can I meet my Fly-in-4 checkpoint?

There are different options available in order to meet this checkpoint depending on if you are a first-year, sophomore, junior, or senior student. The “consult your advisor” checkpoint needs to be met each fall/spring by a pre-determined deadline listed on the Fly-in-4 webpage.  It is recommended that students follow the different options offered by the Academic Advisors (i.e. group advising sessions, electronic academic plan submission, etc.) in order to reach their checkpoint; however, checkpoints can always be met with a pre-scheduled appointment or a walk-in advising appointment. Please visit the Fly-in-4 webpage for more details on meeting this and other checkpoints.
 

What do I do if I don’t pass a course I need for my major?

You will need to retake the course if it is required for your major. It is beneficial to determine why you struggled in your course in order to determine if you were initially prepared to start in the course or if it would be beneficial to take a different course prior to your second attempt at a required course. It is important to pay attention to the repeat policy as you are limited on the number of attempts per course. Please plan to meet with your academic advisor in order to discuss why you think you struggled in order to come up with your specific plan to do better.
 

What are the different types of advising appointments?

Depending on what you need, we offer several types of advising appointments:

Same Day Appointments

  1. Express
    • ​​10 minute appointment
    • Offered daily; Same day sign-up
    • Meant for 1 or 2 questions
    • Can bring up to 2 CRNs to be registered
    • Can be used for Fly in 4 checkpoint
  2. Walk-Ins
    • Offered during priority registration and add/drop. No scheduled appointments are offerd during these times.
    • Same day sign-up
    • Appropriate for all questions, except those related specifically to graduation reviews

Scheduled Appointments

  1. Semester Planning/ Access Registration /Registration Advice/ Declare Major
    • ​Plan upcoming semester
    • Discuss semester progression
    • Discuss academic struggles
    • Obtain PIN number
    • Can be used for Fly in 4 checkpoint
    • GPA calculations (if necessary)
    • Complete Change of Major (inquiry form must be completed first if Non-CST)
  2. Progress Reports
    • Official Plot out of remaining semesters
    • Scheduled at 60 credits or halfway completed major requirements
    • If appointment is missed, can reschedule semester planning appointment
  3. Graduation Review
    • Official list of remaining requirements
    • Scheduled at 90 credits or 1 or 2 semesters away from graduation
    • If appointment is missed, can reschedule semester planning appointment

How can I change my major?

CST Students
In order to add or change majors or minors within the College of Science and Technology (CST), a CST student must meet with a CST Academic Advisor. The advisor will evaluate the student's record in accordance with the following policy:
  1. CST students in their first semester at Temple University who wish to add or change majors or minors within CST will be automatically approved, provided they are taking, have satisfied or placed higher than a GenEd level Mathematics course.
  2. Continuing CST students who wish to add or change majors or minors within CST must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher. Continuing CST students who wish to change their major to undeclared will be automatically approved, provided that the total of completed and registered credits is less than 60 credits.
Non-CST Students 
To transfer into the College of Science and Technology (CST), a non-CST student must complete the online Change of Program (COP) session via Blackboard. Prior to being added to the Blackboard program, students must be in accordance with the following policy:
  1. Students in their first semester at Temple University who wish to transfer into CST will be automatically approved, provided that they are
    • Taking or have Satisfied a GenEd level CST Science
    • Taking or have satisfied a GenEd level CST Science course or higher with a grade of C- (1.67) or  better. If they are currently in the course, they need to have earned an "S" midterm progress rating.
  2. Continuing students who wish to transfer into CST must
    • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher
    • Have completed Math 1021 or higher with a grade of C (2.00) or better
    • Be taking or have satisfied a GenEd or higher level CST Science course (or additional GenEd or  higher level Mathematics) course with a grade of C (2.00) or better. If they are currently in the course, they need to have earned an "S" midterm progress rating.
 
If you meet any of the above scenarios, please complete the Change of Program inquiry form. Within a week of your submission, you will be contacted by a CST peer advisor. 
 
 

How do I withdraw from a course and what are the consequences?

 
 For more information on course withdrawals, click here.
 

How do I file a grievance?

 
In order to begin the grievance process, you should contact the Student Ambassador/Ombudsperson. A student must initiate Stage I of the grievance procedure (as outlined within the link below) no later than thirty days from the start of the following fall or spring semester following the completion of the course in which the grievance occurred. For detailed information on filing a grievance, click here
 

How do I request a leave of absence?

Currently enrolled degree-seeking undergraduate students who are full-time can request a Leave of Absence for the upcoming semester via the TUportal. A leave of absence can be requested for up to two semesters. Students can access the Leave of Absence application in TUportal by following the steps below.
 
  1. Sign into TUportal
  2. Under the TUapplications heading, click Enrollment Services.
  3. In Enrollment Services, click Services.
  4. In the Services menu, select Leave of Absence.
 

How can I request an excused withdrawal?

 
We encourage you to discuss pursuing an excused withdrawal with your advisor to learn more about possible academic and/or financial implications and whether your situation meets the conditions. Once completed, the petition must be submitted directly by the advisor on your behalf. Please click here for information on how to pursue an excused withdrawal. 
 

Why can’t I register for Human Anatomy & Physiology? The courses look like they’re open but I’m not able to register. 

Human Anatomy & Physiology (KINS 1223 & 1224) is offered out of the College of Public Health. The majority of students in the College of Public Health are required to take this sequence. To ensure that the students who are required to take this course for their major are able to do so, a significant amount of sections of these courses are completely reserved for students in the College of Public Health. There are a limited number of sections that are open to students in any major. You can determine whether a section is restricted by clicking on the CRN for a specific section. If the section is restricted, you will see a notation stating the restriction. You may register or waitlist for a section that is open to all majors. 
 
Other options to consider:
  • Will your professional school accept Human A&P that doesn’t require a lab? If so, you might be able to sign up for KINS 1221 (fall only) and KINS 1222 (spring only).
  • Will your professional school accept Mammalian Anatomy and Mammalian Physiology? If so, you could take BIO 2233 (fall only) and BIO 3334 (spring only), as long as you meet the prerequisites.
 
 

What should I do if I can’t get an appointment when I want to come in?

We have nearly 4000 undergraduate students in the College of Science & Technology, and roughly 10 Academic Advisors. As a result, an advisor’s calendar can book up quickly. You may need to wait a few weeks for your appointment. If you have a quick question that can be answered in approximately 10 minutes, you may be able to sign-up for express advising that day. You would need to come in to the office to sign up for express.
 
The Center for Academic Advising & Professional Development also sees students on a walk-in basis only during heavy volume times (i.e. Add/Drop, Priority Registration, and the day of the withdrawal deadline). If you need to discuss something that cannot be accomplished through express or can’t wait for a walk-in time; please contact our front desk at (215) 204-2890 to see if other options might exist.
 

How do I waitlist for a course?

If a section of a course is full, and you would like to waitlist, you will want to copy the CRN for that section. Next, go to your Add or Drop Class page in Banner. At the bottom of the page, you will see the Add Classes Worksheet. In one of the CRN boxes, type in the CRN for the section you’d like to add yourself to the waitlist. Hit submit changes, and then an error message will pop up near where it says Add Classes Worksheet. Within that error message, you should see an Action column. Click on the action column, and a drop down menu will appear. Select “Waitlisted” in that drop down menu. Next, go to the bottom of the page, and hit submit changes again. If all was successful, you should see the class under your current schedule on the Add/Drop page, but it should say “Waitlisted” under the Status column. If there was some type of error, such as a time conflict, or you don’t meet the prerequisites to take the course, you’ll receive another error message explaining this. Remember that you can only register or waitlist for one section of a class. Also, don’t forget that waitlisting for a course reserves that time in your schedule, so you would not be able to register or waitlist for other classes that have a time conflict.