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Scheduling Appointments via GradesFirst

Psychology Advising Center


During the months of October and November the bulk of our advising appointments are reserved for our registration campaigns.  Students will receive an email inviting them to schedule a specially reserved advising appointment 2-3 weeks prior to their assigned registration date.  Click here for our full fall schedule, which outlines when each campaign will be released.

If extra appointments are available in any given week, we will open those for all students via GradesFirst in MyUTK.  Students who need assistance prior to our next available appointment are encouraged to stop in for Friday drop-ins, offered 9am-1pm in Austin Peay 307 on Fridays when school is in session.  Students can also email with quick questions.

Registration Appointments

Students assigned to one of our professional advisors in Psychology Advising Center (Alex Sharp, Brian Schmid, or Ashleigh Powers) will receive a registration link via email allowing them to schedule a specially reserved appointment with their advisor.

Students assigned to a faculty mentor should email them using the address provided in MyUTK 2-3 weeks prior to their registration date to schedule an appointment.

Non-Registration Appointments

To schedule an appointment with a PAC advisor for a purpose other than semester registration:

  1. Log in to MyUTK, and then scroll to the "Academic Links" window to select GradesFirst.
  2. Once in GradesFirst, click the large blue advising button on the right of your screen to enter the advising appointment system.
  3. At the first drop-down menu:
    1. If you are a student within the College of Arts and Sciences, select "Psychology Advising"
    2. If you are a student within another college (EHHS, Nursing, Business, etc) select "Change Major to Psychology." (NOTE: Clicking this option won't actually change your major, just allow you to see the appointments available for students in other colleges). 
  4. At the second drop-down menu:  Select the most appropriate reason for you appointment.  (NOTE:  Not all advisors are able to complete all advising tasks, so selecting the most appropriate reason is the best way to connect with the advisor who is best suited for your appointment goals.)
  5. For the third and fourth drop-down menus, select "Psychology Advising Center-307 Austin Peay" as the location.  Then, select the advisor you'd like to meet with (or leave it blank for first available). 
  6. You should then be able to view the calendar and search for available appointments.  If there are no appointments available, check back the next morning.  We make appointments available for two weeks in advance and add new appointments each morning between 8 and 9am. 

GradesFirst Troubleshooting

GradesFirst is an important part of how students interact with advisors and other offices on campus.  It's generally easy to use, but does come with a bit of a learning curve for new students.  If you are having trouble with GradesFirst, please contact our email advising hotline ( with your name, student ID, and a phone number at which you can be reached for assistance in connecting with an advisor.  This email is monitored daily during business hours and you should get a response within 24-48 hrs. 

Please DO NOT call the advising center or email your advisor directly about GradesFirst concerns, as this can delay scheduling. 

Walk-in Advising

The PAC does host a limited number of walk-in hours each week on Fridays 9am-1pm in Austin Peay 307.  These walk-ins are designed for student emergencies.  Please be considerate and schedule an appointment for non-emergencies so that we can efficiently serve our most in need students.  But please do come in if you need us!

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