~~  Due to federal, state and University of Pittsburgh restrictions the advising office is closed to in-person traffic.  Advising office staff is available by email and will continue to provide advising services remotely throughout the spring term.  Please email your specific psychology advisor or the general email with questions.  You may also make use of virtual drop-in advising at ~~


You’ve heard the expression: two heads are better than one. We know just how true that it. Advising is a collaborative experience where students and advisors focus on the long view while overcoming any potential obstacles. This relationship requires participation and involvement from both parties. Ultimately, you are in control so your advisor is always mindful that you are ultimately responsible for your educational experience.

What You Can Expect From Your Advisor? They will:

  • Provide knowledge of requirements, policies, rules regarding curriculum, graduation requirements, and academic integrity
  • Encourage and guide you to define clear, realistic educational plans
  • Accurately explain procedures and deadlines
  • Help you navigate the University community while teaching you to utilize the resources for yourself
  • Assist you in learning how to work with University faculty and staff
  • Be accessible via email and appointments
  • Listen carefully to questions, concerns, and issues
  • Treat you with respect

What your Advisor Can Expect From You? You will:

  • Read university, school, and department guidelines to ensure you know your roles and responsibilities
  • Schedule advising and registration appointments (define each appointment) and be prepared
  • Ask questions
  • Be organized and active in your academic progress including course planning, academic progress, exploring career options and graduate school
  • Follow through with referrals and utilize suggested resources
  • Make your own decisions
  • Be on time
  • Be respectful 

If something comes up at a time when you don’t have a scheduled appointment, you may see the drop-in advisor during drop-in hours. Drop-in advising is designed to schedule appointments, answer quick questions, and drop off paperwork. Typically, these touchpoints last less than five minutes.  This helps ensure quick service to all students with walk-in type needs – even as you run between classes. If you need to meet with your advisor for a more complex situation, please schedule an appointment.

Students are generally pleased to learn that course registration can be completed online.   Still, to keep you on track, University policy states that students must meet with an academic advisor for a pre-registration appointment* prior to being able to self-register online. The registrar’s office places a registration hold on all student accounts until you have met with your advisor for that appointment. So, remember:  see an academic advisor for a pre-registration appointment to be able to self-register each semester.

*If you are a dual or double major, you may, but are not required to, meet with both departmental advisors.

Enrollment appointments for the Spring 2020 term will begin Monday, October 28th. Psychology majors have several options for pre-enrollment. Please read through each to decide the right option for you.

Individual pre-registration appointments

Available to all psychology majors

You may meet with your assigned advisor for approximately 30 minutes. During this time, you review degree progress and discuss any concerns you may have and ongoing academic planning. Then your advisor removes your advising hold. New majors are especially encouraged to schedule this kind of appointment for their first term.

Group pre-registration session

These are available to psychology majors who declared at least one semester ago.

In a small group setting, you and other students, along with the advisor, review important information about registration. You then meet briefly with your own advisor to review your degree progress and sign your Distribution of Study sheet. Then, the advisor removes your advising hold.  These groups are ideal for students who understand their remaining requirements.

Senior self pre-registration review

This is only available to students who have earned at least 90 credits and are NOT new majors.

The deadline for you to submit the senior self pre-registration form in the Psychology Advising Office, is Thursday, October 25, 2019 at 4:30pm.  Please email your advisor if you prefer this option. You will be required to complete a form outlining all of your remaining requirements to submit to the Advising Office. Your advisor will review the form and, if everything is completed correctly, your advising  hold will be lifted within four (4) business days once your enrollment appointment begins.

Please call 412-624-4540 to set your pre-registration appointment. If you are unable to keep your appointment -- and didn’t call to reschedule 24 hours prior to your appointment time -- you may be required to attend a small group session to resolve the hold and follow up with an individual appointment after enrollment. 

If you are studying abroad, simply email your advisor directly.

The process for acquiring a permission number for a psychology course, in the psychology department is as follows:

  • Consent to enroll in a course must be obtained from the instructor teaching the course and must be in written (email or hand-written) form.
  • If you have acquired consent from a psychology faculty member, print out the email or hand-written permission; the consent document from the instructor must indicate:
  1. the name and number of the psychology course, 
  2. the PeopleSoft 5 digit Class Number (e.g., Abnormal Psychology, PSY 0205, 12114),
  3. the student’s full name and PeopleSoft #, and
  4. the reason for the consent (closed class, prerequisite, etc.).

Once you have obtained the necessary consent, bring the printed/written consent to the Undergraduate Psychology Advising Office in 3113 Sennott Square, during walk-in hours (Monday through Thursday 10-1 and Friday 9-noon) and a permission number will be generated by the walk-in advisor to use for self-enrollment. You may also forward the entire email conversation granting permission to and a permission number will be emailed back to you.  The Psychology Advising Office can be reached by phone at (412) 624-4540. If you are unable to come in during walk-in hours, you may email the advising office

A note for CGS post-bac and/or guest students

If you have taken a pre-requisite (PSY 0010 Intro to Psychology) at another institution you will need to provide our office with a copy of your transcript. We do NOT have access to transcripts you submitted to CGS. If you are not able to provide us with a copy of your transcript (through either method listed above) you will need to obtain permission from the instructor to waive the pre-requisite.

The Undergraduate Psychology Advising website now offers a new feature for keeping track of upcoming dates, deadlines and events.  Please view the Weekly Announcements regularly for important information about upcoming events such as workshops, events and deadlines.

The Advising Office will send an e-mail every Friday that includes announcements of courses, employment opportunities, directed research and more from the department, university and broad field of psychology. These Weekly Announcements are also posted on our website at all times.