Get Advice from the Experts
The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering is committed guiding each of our undergraduates to a successful educational experience. That's why we take advisement - the process by which students work with faculty and staff to plan, register, and execute their educational programs - very seriously. The Academic Advising Office staff (Knight 312) can help you with day-to-day questions. Your faculty advisor will play a key role:
- Guiding you through the successful completion of the basic 132 credit-hour curriculum;
- Monitoring and coaching your progress toward individual goals within that curriculum - whether that includes a co-op, undergraduate research, international study, or any other refinement;
- Mentoring your future career/academic ambitions and preparing you to successfully pursue them.
Getting Started: Advisement for First-Year Students
When you arrive at AE, you will be assigned to an AE faculty advisor, but your initial advisement will most-likely be in a group session with your peers. For the most part, you will be taking the same core requirements as your fellow freshmen, so these group advising sessions will cover broad areas of educational enrichment such as co-ops/internships, international study opportunities, the Honors Program, and research. If you come to AE with special interests or a large number of AP credit hours, you may schedule an immediate one-on-one session with your advisor to review your options.
Making It All Come Together: Advisement of Upper-Class Students
Toward the end of your first-year and until you graduate, your faculty advisor will play a key role in your success. S/he will help you choose courses and register, identify academic and career opportunities, fill out graduation paperwork, and mentor you through the many decisions you will make during your academic career.
In 2018, the AE School consulted with employers, alumni, and faculty to formulate ten AE Specialty Areas - suggestions that may help you choose courses that are in line with your ultimate career goals. They are not requirements. Rather, they are a starting point for you to create an educational experience that will work for you. We suggest you discuss them with your advisor.
Plan to meet with your advisor every semester, no matter how you are doing. If you don’t know who your advisor is, inquire in the AE Academic Office (Knight-312), call the advising office (404.894.3001), or send the advising office an email. Most students initiate contact with their faculty advisors directly with an email.
Using Advisement to Register for Classes
A few weeks before registration begins, you should receive an email from your academic advisor reminding you to update your program of study and review your plans for the next semester. If you do not receive this email, contact your advisor directly to arrange a time to do this.
To prepare for your advising visit, drop by the Academic Office to pick up your Advisement Folder. You should also pick up two blank copies of the course schedule form on which you will list the courses you plan to take in the next semester. We suggest you fill out one copy of that form in preparation for meeting your advisor. At the end of this meeting your advisor will sign one of the course schedule forms and place it in your Advisement Folder. You should return that folder to the Advisement office when you are done meeting with your advisor.
If Your GPA Is Below 2.5...
Academic advisement is mandatory if your GPA is below 2.5. These advisement sessions will allow you and your advisor to identify obstacles, and map out an educational strategy that will allow you to attain and maintain good academic standing (GPA>2.0). If your GPA is below 2.5 and you do not meet with your advisor, a “hold” will be placed on your registration efforts. Find out more about academic holds.
Piazza: A New Approach to Advising
The Piazza is an online peer advising initiative that gives AE students an opportunity to speak with other students about schedules, course loads, co-ops, internships, international study, academic minors, and anything that makes an impact on your academic experience. It can't replace a meeting with your faculty advisor, but it can help you sift through the options before you.
Managed by the School of Aerospace Engineering Student Advisory Council (SAESAC) the Piazza is anonymous, low-key, and particularly helpful during registration. Find out how you can log onto the Piazza by contacting SAESAC.