Open Option Advising Tools
UNG Academic Advising Mission Statement
The mission of academic advising is to assist students in constructing meaningful educational plans based on their interests and abilities and consistent with each student’s academic, professional, and personal goals. Academic advising fosters the development of students who are self-directed, responsible decision-makers and supports the successful completion of degree requirements.
Open Option advising goal
Guide students to selecting a major that matches interests and furthers their career goals.
UNG Academic Advising Learning Outcomes
- Students will understand the value of the Core Curriculum and display the ability to select courses that satisfy Core requirements.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of degree program requirements and the ability to select courses each semester to progress towards fulfillment of their educational plans.
- Students will demonstrate understanding of University of North Georgia academic policies and procedures and how these policies and procedures impact their educational progress.
- Students will effectively utilize technological resources to assist in educational planning and course registration.
- Students will select majors based on their interests, abilities, and career goals.
- Students will be able to identify campus resources and services that can be used to assist them in achieving their academic, personal, and career goals.
- Students will understand the importance of co-curricular programs for supporting and promoting their educational and life goals.
- Students will understand and navigate the processes that lead to successful transfer, if applicable.
Expectations of Advisor/Advisee
An advisor is expected to
- Be available, approachable, and respectful of students
- Encourage and support students as they develop realistic goals and attainable educational plans
- Have a thorough understanding of UNG’s core curriculum, institutional requirements, and degree requirements. Be efficient and accurate when discussing degree requirements with advisees
- Assist students in developing decision-making skills and encourage them to accept responsibility for their choices
- Maintain confidentiality
- Be knowledgeable about campus resources, support services, and opportunities; referring students as needed
An advisee is expected to:
- Be respectful of their advisor
- Schedule appointments with their advisor and be on time
- Come prepared for appointments by becoming familiar with the UNG Undergraduate Bulletin, core curriculum, and program of study for their major
- Check UNG email regularly and become familiar with Banner
- Ask questions
- Familiarize themselves with the academic calendar and be aware of important deadlines, such as advisement and withdrawal
- Accept responsibility for their decisions
Appointments and Office Hours
Your advisor’s name and contact information can be found on your Tranguid in Banner Web. Professional advisors are available for appointments throughout the day on most days in which the university is open. You can easily make an appointment with a professional advisor anytime using the online appointment booking system located at https://adviseme.ung.edu/. Login with your student ID and password as you would for your e-mail. Select your campus and the appropriate professional advisor.
Faculty advisors are available during their office hours and by appointment. For some faculty advisors, there is a link next to the advisor name listed on your Tranguid (in Banner), where you can go to schedule an appointment with your advisor.
Preparing for Appointments
Please come prepared for your advising appointments. Be aware of any holds on your account. Review your program requirements and record your progress on your plan of study before your meeting. Bring all important documents with you, including your plan of study, and be prepared with any questions and/or concerns you have about your progress.
Please be on time for your appointment. If you are unable to attend the appointment, please cancel and reschedule.
First Year Educational and Advising Goals
- Make an appointment with your academic advisor early in the semester to discuss short- and long-term personal, academic and career goals and plan classes for next semester: You don’t have to wait for Advising Weeks!
- Check your UNG email account daily.
- Connect with campus resources such as tutoring, the Writing Center, and math lab to maximize your academic success.
- Visit Career Services to explore your interests and abilities in relation to your career goals.
- Know your degree requirements, responsibilities and UNG policies.
- Understand how courses fit into your plan of study. Update your plan of study with courses completed and courses you plan to take the following semesters.
- Focus on completion of necessary first-year core curriculum courses.
- Consider taking exploratory courses in your intended major.
- Understand and acknowledge important dates such as drop/add and course withdrawal dates.
- Take advantage of early registration periods for each semester to get the classes you need at the times you want them.
- Get to know your professors and build important relationships.
- Contact appropriate offices and/or departments directly regarding study abroad, internships and research opportunities to maximize your undergraduate experience.
- Select a major!
Important Open Option Information
- Declare a major by 30 hours or a hold is placed on your account
- Visit the Degrees and Programs page to see what UNG offers
- How to change major
- Log in to Banner Web
- Select the Student Menu
- Select Transition- Change Degree (Level), Major, Minor, and/or Home Campus
- Visit Career Services www.ung.edu/careers at University of North Georgia (Select Resources for Current Students, and then Career Services. Click on Internet Resources, Majors, and What Can I Do With A Major in and choose a major to explore career options)
- O*Net Online www.onetonline.org (O*Net OnLine is an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations)
- Career Interest Questionnaire http://www.wistechcolleges.org/explore-careers/career-interest-questionnaire (Questionnaire about your interests to help identify which clusters (career areas) might be the best fit for you)
Open Option Course Planning Guide
- Does not guarantee course availability and must be used in consultation with your Academic Advisor.
- Area B through Area E courses are offered as suggestion
- Check for pre-requisites
|Freshman Year (through summer)||Requirements||Hours|
|ENGL 1101 ('C' or better)||Completed by 30 hours Area A||3|
|ENGL 1102 ('C' or better)||Completed by 30 hours Area A||3|
|MATH - Area A (STEM vs. non-STEM)*||Completed by 30 hours Area A||3|
|Area D - Lab Science Course (STEM vs. non-STEM)||4|
|Area C - Fine Arts or Philosophy||3|
|Area E - Behavioral Science||3|
|Area B - Global Course||3|
|Area B - Modern Language||4|
|Area D - Lab Science Course (STEM vs. non-STEM)||4|
|Sophomore Year (through fall)**||Hours|
|Area D - Math Course or Computer Science||3/4|
|Area E - Social Science||3|
|Area C - Literature or Modern Lang 2001 or 2002***||3|
|Area E - HIST 2111, HIST 2112, or POS 1101||3|
* Area A Math and Area D courses based on STEM vs. non-STEM Majors
** After completion of 30 hours, students will begin Area F of the Core Curriculum. Area F courses are major pathway courses, and certain Area F courses can be taken earlier if the student delcares a major.
*** Note: BA degrees require Modern Language at the minimum 2001 level. BS degrees require only Modern Language that fulfills Area B requirement (1001 or 1002 level).
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Once downloaded, fill out the POS and save as a PDF file.
|Campus Resource||Services Offered||Dahlonega Campus||Gainesville Campus||Oconee Campus||Cumming Campus|
|Academic Advising Center||Year-round academic
advisement, advise open option students, Move-On-When-Ready students, student workshops, campus advisement development
|Chestatee Building, Room 162
|Student Center, Room 134
|Administration Bldg. Room 203
|Academic Skills Center||Learning support courses for English and Math, UNIV 1000, academic workshop, peer tutoring for many classes, one-on-one tutoring||Stewart Center Suite 269
ACTT Center & Nesbitt
Student Resource Center
ACTT Center & Nesbitt
|Business Office||Fee payment, tax information, student accounts, and refunds||Downtown Office Building, Room 203
|Administration Bldg., Room 155
|Administration Bldg., Front Desk
|Second Floor, Room 260
|Career Services||Career counseling, job fairs, student workshops, local job board||Stewart Center Suite 333
|Student Center, Room 346
Administration Bldg., Room 206
|Financial Aid and Veteran’s Success||HOPE Scholarship, FAFSA, student loans, institutional scholarships, Veteran’s educational benefits and services||Stewart Center, Suite 308
|Student Center, Room 234
Administration Bldg., Room 104
|Language Lab||Audio-visual support materials for Modern Language classes||317 Dunlap Hall
|Nesbitt Bldg., Room 4201
Student Resource Center, Room 573
|Mathematics Tutorial Center||Math tutoring||Newton Oakes Center, Room 211
|Multicultural Services||Student workshops, online journal, diversity training, advocacy issues and groups, P2P mentoring||320 Hoag Student Center
|Student Center, Room 145
Student Resource Center, 508
|Orientation & Transition Programs||New Student Orientation, Transfer Student Orientation, Parent Orientations, Learning Communities, Family Day, Weeks of Welcome||Stewart Center, Suite 314
|Student Center, Room 303
Administration Building, 104
|Registrar’s Office||Official academic records, enrollment verification, academic transcripts, graduation coordination||Price Memorial Room 221
|Student Center, Room 250
Administration Building, Room 107
|Student Counseling||Free and confidential short-term personal counseling, referrals, student workshops||Stewart Center, Suite 246
|Student Center, Room 115
Administration Building, Room, 106
|Student Disability Services||Pre-admission information, referrals to campus resources, accommodation information and evaluations||Stewart Center, Suite 313
|Dunlap Mathis, Room 107
Administration Building, Room 112
|Student Involvement||Student Clubs, organizations, SGA, co-curricular transcripts||Student Center, Room 303
Student Resource Center, Room 508
|Student Money Management Center||Assist students with making responsible financial decisions, enhance knowledge of effective money management, provide resources to students to promote financial literacy||Stewart Center, Suite 261
|Student Center, Room 240
|Student Center, Room 240
|Testing Center||Standardized tests (ex. COMPASS, CLEP, DSST,GACE, and TEAS; U.S. and Georgia History and Constitution exams); Prometric Test Center-LSAT, GMAT, and MAT; Accommodated testing for students with disabilities||Stewart Center, Suite 203
|College Square, Suite 176,
3640 Mundy Mill Rd.
(this center is located off-campus)
Administration Building, Room 201
|Writing Center||Peer tutors, one-on-one tutoring and assistance with the writing process||Library Technology Center, Room 180
|Nesbitt Bldg., Room 2103