Advising Procedures


Advising in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is differentiated by voluntary advising throughout the academic year, mandatory advising during the pre-registration period, and faculty 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 pre-registration 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.

Pre-Registration Advising

Each student in the College of Engineering is required to receive advising in order to register for the following semester. Pre-registration Advising occurs a few weeks before registration opens, in the fall and spring semesters. Academic Planning Forms should be updated and uploaded to ECE Advising Canvas Page in order for them to be reviewed and approved prior to registration. The student must also submit the ECE Academic Advising Agreement each semester during the advising season. A student’s advising hold will not be removed until all advising requirements have been completed on the ECE Advising Canvas page.


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 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
  • Review student Academic Planning Forms each semester to ensure students are on track with degree requirements.