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Academic Advising

Academic Advising

The Georgia Southwestern advising process empowers all students to take ownership of their education by providing professional, personalized academic advising and the necessary resources to guide and support students on their educational journey.

Preparing for Advising?

Students working to schedule an advising appointment should ensure that they are prepared prior to scheduling by completing the following:

  • Evaluate progress toward your degree. Identify outstanding courses via DegreeWorks, curriculum sheet, and/or Storm Tracks.
  • Look at the class schedule and make a list of your preferred classes.
  • Verify when you will be able to register, and schedule an advising appointment accordingly.
  • Check registration holds on your account in RAIN, and resolve if possible or discuss with your advisor.
  • Once approved by your advisor and any holds are removed, register for your classes in RAIN during your scheduled time.

Exploring Major and Career Options?

Are you exploring additional major options to meet your career goals? GSW Career Readiness provides additional resources for career and major exploration through interactive self-assessments and workshops.

Career Readiness

Expectations of Student
Expectations of Advisor
Student Learning Outcomes
Students should make sure to complete the following in order to take control of staying on track for graduation:
  • Regularly check your GSW Radar email address account for official announcements.
  • Identify and explore your interests, values, and abilities to assist in the selection of a major.
  • Be willing to share your ideas, interests, and questions with your advisor.
  • Develop an educational plan with your advisor to ensure timely academic progress towards your degree.
  • Communicate regularly and consult with your advisor at least once per semester.
  • Take primary and increasing responsibility for your academic decisions.
Advisors are expected to meet the following criteria to best assist their assigned advisees:
  • Be reasonably accessible to students via multiple channels of communication and interaction.
  • Create a reflective, supportive, and safe environment for students to communicate and explore academic and career goals.
  • Support student growth as individuals while respecting diverse backgrounds.
  • Provide professional advice and guidance and recognize that students have the final decision regarding their higher education.
  • Stay current with university degree requirements, academic programs and policies, and campus resources, and make referrals to other departments and offices as necessary.
  • Advocate for the best interests of all students within the structure of the University.
Students should feel empowered by taking responsibility of their education by completing the following:
  • Be an active learner by participating fully in the advising process.
  • Recognize the components of the general Core Curriculum and describe how these components fit into your degree program.
  • Examine the role of your advisor, your responsibility in the advising process, and the difference between academic advising and registration.
  • Identify and utilize campus resources to support your academic needs and career readiness.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of university, college, and department requirements, policies, and procedures.
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Advanced Credit Courses

Georgia Southwestern is a great choice for students with Advanced Credit. We accept AP, IB, and CLEP credits, and look forward to helping you start college a little ahead of the game.

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Co-Requisite Learning Support

All students entering GSW will be enrolled in Co-Requisite Learning Support Courses in both Core Area A English and Mathematics courses, unless they meet the exemption criteria provided.

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Tutoring Center

Peer tutoring and supplemental instruction provides students with assistance and developing good study habits. Students can choose in-person or online tutoring to best fit their schedules.

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Writing Center

The GSW Writing Center is staffed by writing consultants who work with students on their writing projects and assignments at all stages of the writing process to improve skill and understanding.