Texas Tech University


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find out who my faculty advisor is?

How will my faculty advisor help me?

Faculty advisors:

  • discuss career plans and choices
  • help students formulate a degree plan that is tailored to their interests
  • help students decide which concentration is right for them
  • help students choose classes each semester so they can get their degree in a timely manner
  • track student progress towards successful completion of the degree

TIP: Ask you advisor to help you come up with alternates in case one of the classes you want is full.

What can I do to get the most out of advising?

  • come to advising with a list of classes you think you should take the next semester
  • have questions? make a list and bring it with you
  • talk to your advisor if you are worried about taking a specific course that they suggest
  • register in a timely manner so the classes you want are not full
  • need help with registration? Contact Sarah Hollers or Kay Arellano.
  • stick with the course plan you make with your advisor as much as possible

TIP: Don't put off difficult classes that might delay your degree plan and graduation date. Ask for help and use it.

When do I need to see my advisor?

  • students should see their advisors every semester so they stay on track with their degree plans
  • advising for the Fall and Summer semesters occurs in March and students register in April
  • advising for the Spring semester occurs in October and students register in November

When am I assigned a faculty advisor?

Faculty advisors are assigned by our staff typically after students finish their college orientation.

Can I change my faculty advisor?

Yes, students often choose to switch to a different advisor after they make a connection with a professor in a class or choose a concentration. Contact Kay Arellano to make a change.

What else do advisors do?

  • help students decide what kind of internship is right for them, supervise the internship, and assign grades in conjunction with mentors (learn more about internships in NRM)
  • help students get involved in undergraduate research (learn more about undergraduate research in NRM)
  • perform senior audits which make sure that juniors and seniors are on track to graduate. Students can track their own progress by using the TTU degree audit tool
  • are available to answer questions and provide help and advice anytime students encounter a barrier to their success in NRM or at TTU