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Undergraduate Advising

Psychology Advising Center

The Psychology Advising Center is open on a limited schedule during the summer months.  Because we will be assisting with Freshmen Orientation throughout the summer we will NOT be able to offer Friday walk-ins, but we will keep appointments available in GradesFirst.  Please log in to MyUTK to schedule.

The psychology department uses a combination of professional advisors and faculty mentors to best meet the needs of our majors.  The most appropriate advisor for each appointment is a function of the student's degree progress and the nature of the assistance required. 

Primary Advising

(Registration clearance and degree planning)

All psychology students are assigned to a primary advisor via MyUTK based on their degree progress.  This advisor should be the student's first point of contact for routine advising matters.

  • Early in their degree path, students are assigned to our professional advisor, Ashleigh Powers, in the Psychology Advising Center (PAC).
  • As they advance—most typically after the sophomore advising appointment—our majors progress to a faculty mentor for primary advising. 

Supplemental Advising

(Transfers, Petitions, Study Abroad, SAP Appeals, Academic Probation, etc)

  • All psychology students, regardless of their primary advising assignment, can visit the Psychology Advising Center for supplemental assistance with transfer work, petitions, study abroad paperwork, ROTC plans, financial aid documentation, academic crisis advising, etc.  (A good rule of thumb is if you need something signed, the PAC is probably where you want to be.)
  • First and second year students who have advanced questions about their major may be referred to a faculty mentor for supplemental consultation. 

Email Hotline

Psychology students with quick questions that do not require a full appointment can direct these to our email hotline: psychadvising@utk.edu.  This hotline is monitored daily by the PAC, and emails are typically returned within 24 business hours. 

Please read the university's advising policy to determine when you must be advised. For general information about advising and ways to prepare for your appointment, please visit the Arts & Sciences Advising website.


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