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Advising Information for Parents & Family Members

University Advising understands that you as a parent (or other parent-type family member) have invested your time and energy (not to mention your money), toward the success of your family, including your now-college-student since the mid-90's.

That's a significant investment. We also understand that you know your child better than we ever will, and that makes you the single greatest asset they have as they pursue academic success. Now, because we know the university pretty well, we want to make sure to partner with and equip you with all the tools you'll need as you continue to support your student ... albeit in a brand new way.

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Who Are Our Students?

Students enrolled in higher education post-2020 face a different educational landscape than students pre-pandemic. Very often, students are more aware of mental health well being, more understanding of their learning strengths, and more uncertain about educational goals.

What Are the Challenges They Face in the University?

How can I Help my Students Find the Right Major

Finding the right major takes time and conversation. Any good decision is based on information, and as students learn more about major options, they begin to see more options than the 5-10 majors they initially considered. In University Advising, we help students explore not just majors, but majors that align with their academic and personal strengths, their goals, and their talents.

Academic Readiness Strategies

During Red Raider Orientation (RRO)

Our goal at the end of RRO Day 2 is that students will have:

  1. Registered for courses that will apply to their top major choices

  2. Understood and articulated why these courses matter

  3. Articulated their current top candidates for an academic major

  4. Identified courses for a first semester that will apply to those top candidates and contribute to a healthy first semester

  5. Become competent and confident in using the Catalog, Raiderlink, Degree Audit, and Schedule Building tools

  6. Begun Exploring
    1. Begun gathering more information about the academic offerings of Texas Tech

    2. Begun gathering more information about themselves and the good-fit options that an assessment can provide

    3. Walked away with a plan for continued exploration with good advising support in the coming Fall

The Most Popular College Majors [infographic]