Advising Procedures


Advising in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is differentiated by voluntary advising throughout the academic year, mandatory advising during the preregistration period, and mentoring at anytime as requested by the student.

Voluntary Advising

Voluntary advising occurs when the student does not have an advising hold originating from the ECE Department. Advising sessions can be arranged in CONNECT or conducted during your advisor's office hours. Student can meet with the advisors outside of the preregistration period for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to: withdrawal inquiries, academic difficulties, degree requirements, university and department policies, and COE progression requirements.

Preregistration Advising

Each student in the College of Engineering is required to attend advising in order to register for the following semester. Preregistration Advising occurs a few weeks before registration opens for the following semester. These occur in the fall and spring semesters in two forms; group advising and individual advising. Academic plans of study should be updated and uploaded to ECE Advising Canvas Page prior to pre-registration advising meetings. 

Note: All students will receive email notifications with instructions on attending group advising and/or individual advising, along with how to schedule their advising appointment.

Group Advising

  • Held at the beginning of the advising period (a few weeks prior to registration)
  • Maximum of 25 students per group, 30 minutes per session
  • Academic Planning Forms should be updated and uploaded to ECE Advising Canvas Page prior to advising meetings.  These forms can be downloaded here.

Individual Advising

  • Held at the beginning of the advising period 
  • Students must meet with their assigned advisor
  • Appointments are available in CONNECT
  • Academic Planning Forms should be updated and uploaded to ECE Advising Canvas Page prior to advising meetings.  These forms can be downloaded here.

A student's advising hold will not be removed until all advising requirements have been completed. 


Student Responsibilities

  • Initiate contact with your advisor. Talk to your advisor about any commitments you have which might affect your academic performance
  • Learn and understand the requirements of your major and/or minor, including general education and concentrations
  • Fulfill the pre-registration advising requirements each semester during your enrollment at UNC Charlotte. The mandatory requirements to lift your advising hold include acknowledgment of the COE Progression Requirements and submission of a complete academic plan.
  • Understand the role of academic advisors versus faculty mentors
  • Maintain contact with your advisor and seek assistance from a faculty mentor whenever the need arises
  • Be able to reference the catalog for relevant information, such as degree requirements, university and college policies, and course descriptions
  • Read UNC Charlotte email. This is the official means of communication with students
  • Keep your student record up to date (e.g., change of address, phone numbers, etc.)
  • Be able to calculate your current cumulative and major grade point average (GPA):
  • Observe dates and deadlines on the academic calendar (e.g., add/drop, withdrawal, and graduation)

Advisor Responsibilities

  • Listen and respond to student interests and concerns
  • Be accessible and responsive to student inquiries
  • Understand and communicate degree requirements, as well as college and university policies and procedures
  • Provide encouragement and support as students establish and progress toward academic and professional goals
  • Respect student privacy and maintain confidentiality (FERPA)
  • Recognize that students may belong to one or more student populations and coordinate advising accordingly
  • Direct students to information and resources, within the college and university
  • Assist students in working closely with professors
  • Make suggestions for academic enrichment such as research opportunities, internships, and experiential learning