Academic Advising & Transfer Services

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Academic Advising Is...

  • A collaboration between you and your academic advisor to help you make informed decisions at each stage of your undergraduate career. 
  • A time when you can ask questions about your major, course selections, academic performance, University policies and procedures, scholarship or internship opportunities, and more.
  • A place where you can engage in intense self-study, explore your undergraduate options, and clarify your values and academic and career goals. 
  • An opportunity to create your personalized academic road map, leading to your timely graduation. 

Why Is Academic Advising Important?

Administrators, faculty and professional staff at South believe that advising is a responsibility and an opportunity for enhancing your undergraduate experience. Many situations will arise during your academic career in which informed academic and career advise is necessary. Academic advisors at South help you define important choices you must make and provide guidance as needed at each stage of your undergraduate career. However, you, not your advisor, are responsible for selecting courses, meeting graduation requirements, and adhering to University policies and procedures. 

When Should I See My Academic Advisor?

You are encouraged to meet with your academic advisor as often as you need.  We recommend you visit your academic advisor each term prior to class registration so you can discuss the best plan for the upcoming semester and beyond.

Plan for 4!

You can graduate in four years. Here are some suggestions:

  • Earn 30-36 semester hours each academic year (summer can be included).
  • Explore opportunities at South early in your academic career. Choose your major and follow your degree plan within your first year at South (changing your major can alter your progress).
  • Monitor your progress through Degree Works, and seek advice from your academic advisor to ensure you stay on track.
  • Maintain good academic standing each semester.
  • Register in courses needed for your program as soon as your time ticket opens. Ensure you meet with your academic advisor prior to your registration date.
  • Set realistic, obtainable academic and career goals. 
  Latest News
AATS Staff Spotlight: Patty Davis
AATS Staff Spotlight: Patty Davis
Tuesday - May 1, 2018
Ms. Patty Davis is the Associate Director of Academic Advising and Transfer Services (formerly the First Year Advising Center). She advises pre-health students in their third and fourth years. Ms. Davis is married to Dr. Jim Davis in the Chemistry Department. Ms. Davis has three lovely children, two daughters and one son. Originally from Maryland, Ms. Davis moved to Alabama about twenty years ago from Boston.
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AATS Staff Spotlight: Yvette Stone
AATS Staff Spotlight: Yvette Stone
Friday - January 26, 2018
Mrs. Yvette Stone is one of our first year advisors. She grew up in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Mrs. Stone received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in History from Auburn University. Mrs. Stone lives in Mobile with her husband Nick, their dog Amos, and their cat Pepper.
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FYAC Staff Spotlight: Tameka Thomas
FYAC Staff Spotlight: Tameka Thomas
Monday - December 4, 2017
Ms. Tameka Thomas is an academic advisor in the FYAC. Ms. Thomas is from Daphne, Alabama. She is the middle child and only girl. She enjoys quiet time and intelligent conversation.
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