Academic advising is a collaborative educational experience between students and their advisors. This student/advisor relationship requires participation and involvement of both the students and the advisor knowing that, ultimately, the student is responsible for their educational experience.

What You Can Expect From Your Advisor

  • Knowledge of university requirements, policies, rules regarding curriculum, graduation requirements, and academic integrity
  • Encourage and guide you to define clear and 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
  • And to treat you with respect

What your Advisor Can Expect From You

  • Read university, school, and department guidelines to ensure you know your roles and responsibilities
  • Schedule regular advising and registration appointments (define each appointment) and be prepared
  • Ask questions when you do not understand
  • Be organized and active in your own academic progress including course planning, academic progress, exploring career options and graduate school
  • Follow through with advisor referrals and utilizing suggested resources
  • Make your own decisions
  • Be on time
  • And be respectful at all times

You may see the walk-in advisor during walk-in hours if you do not have a scheduled appointment. Walk-in advising is designed to schedule appointments, answer quick questions, and drop off paperwork. Walk-in appointments typically last no longer than 5 minutes; this is to ensure quick service to all students with walk-in type needs. If you need to meet with your advisor for a more complex situation, please schedule an appointment.

The process for acquiring a permission number for a psychology course, in person, 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 the name and number of the psychology course, and the PeopleSoft 5 digit Class Number (e.g., Abnormal Psychology, PSY 1205, 12114), the student’s full name and People Soft # and the reason for the consent.

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. 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.

Course registration is online for students. University policy states that all students must meet with an academic advisor for a pre-registration appointment* prior to being able to self-register online for the upcoming semester. The registrar’s office will place a registration hold on all student accounts which will be lifted, enabling a student to register, after the student has met with his/her advisor for a pre-registration appointment. You must see an academic advisor for a pre-registration appointment in order to be able to self-register for the upcoming semester.

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

Enrollment appointments Spring term 2184 enrollment appointments will begin Monday, October 30, 2017. Psychology majors have several options for pre-enrollment. Please read through each of these options carefully to decide the right option for you.

Individual pre-registration appointments

Available to all psychology majors

In an individual pre-registration appointment, you will meet with your assigned advisor for approximately 30 minutes. During this time you will review your degree progress and discuss any course concerns and academic planning. After this appointment, your advisor will remove your ADV hold. New majors are especially encouraged to schedule an individual pre-registration appointment for their first term.

Group pre-registration session

Available to psychology majors who declared at least one semester before

In a small group setting, students, along with their advisor, review dates, deadlines and important information about registration. Each student will then meet briefly with their advisor to review their degree progress and sign their Distribution of Study sheet. After this session, the advisor will remove your ADV hold. These groups are ideal for students who understand their remaining requirements.

Senior self pre-registration review

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

The deadline to submit the senior self pre-registration form in the Psychology Advising Office, 3113 Sennott Square, is Thursday, October 26, 2017 by 4:00pm. Please email your advisor with your request if you prefer this option. You will be required to complete a form outlining all of your remaining requirements which will then be submitted to the Advising Office. Your advisor will review the form and if everything is completed correctly, your ADV hold will be lifted within 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 do not call to reschedule 24 hours prior to your appointment time, when you call to reschedule, you will be rescheduled in a group pre-registration session.

For students who are studying abroad, email your advisor directly.

The Undergraduate Psychology Advising website now offers a new feature for keeping track of upcoming dates, deadlines and events.  Please view our Google Calendar 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.