Academic Advising

** All Honors Program advising appointments for the Fall 2020 semester will be conducted online via Zoom. **

 

Getting Started

Sometime in September in the fall term (February in the spring term), Honors Program students will receive an email with instructions about how to schedule their required advisement.

To log into the SSC program, use the link sent to you. You can also go directly to SSC-Campus.

Registration Tips and Timetable

  • Select the earliest date and time available. Advising appointments will continue to be added until registration begins in November or April, but students who delay scheduling their appointment may end up registering after early registration begins.
  • If you cannot find an available time for advising, wait a day or two until more availability is added.
  • Use the advising checklist and scheduling grid(s) to help you plan your next semester's schedule.
  • Honors students cannot register for classes without first completing the Honors Program advisement process. Early registration is a privilege available only to students in good standing in the Honors Program who have fulfilled all their advising requirements.
  • If you'd like to resign from the program, you must submit a Program Withdrawal Form available in the Honors Program office, Morrison Hall 203. This will remove your Honors advising hold.
  • The early registration schedule is tied to credit hours earned. All Honors students will register before the general student population within their classification, but possibly not at the same time as other Honors students with more or less credit hours.
  • Advising for summer classes occurs at the same time as advising for fall classes in the spring. Let your advisor know if you plan on taking summer classes.
 

Instructions for advisement/registration:
A Question-and-Answer Approach

  1. What are your major(s) and areas of focus?
    If you are currently a first-year student with an "Undecided" major, or are considering changing majors, then you should look over a slideshow we've created for such students. Major Academic Planners (MAPS) for certain majors can be found at https://www.baylor.edu/university_advisement/index.php?id=869883.

  2. What are the next-required classes for your course of study?
    Use the Undergraduate Catalog, MAPS, and a copy of your degree audit (available online via BearWeb) to determine some possible courses for next term. These courses should be both
    • courses you still need for your degree and/or your major, AND
    • courses for which you are eligible to register.
    (NOTE: Courses generally designed for first-year students are listed as "1000"-level classes, for sophomores as "2000"-level classes, and so on. Specific prerequisites for Baylor courses are listed, with the descriptions of those courses, in the back of the Undergraduate Catalog.)

  3. What Honors course(s) do you need next semester?
    When it becomes available, look through the list of available Honors courses. Click here for a list of Honors courses sorted by type. You should also review Honors requirements here (the standard curriculum) or in the Honors Student Handbook for other variations, e.g., for students also in BIC or University Scholars. NOTE: Most current first-year students not in the BIC or University Scholars must take GTX 2301 in the spring of their  freshman year and GTX 2302 in the fall of their sophomore year.

    Please note that course sections, call numbers (CRN), instructors, and times are subject to change. You should log onto BearWeb for real-time, updated course information.

    When it becomes available, look through the complete schedule of classes for next semester. Class schedules will not be available during the first weeks of advising. In this case, you'll need to confirm available classes at a later time prior to registration. Compare the courses you need, Honors and non-Honors alike, with courses that are on offer next semester. Then map out a tentative schedule using this scheduling grid. (You may need to create a number of different drafts to capture the range of possible schedules.)

  4. What are your advising requirements?
    Many Honors students are required to see an advisor in more than one area. Students should check BearWeb each semester under "Registration" and then "Advisement Contact and Information" to view their current advising requirements and instructions.

  5. In what sequence should you be advised?
    In most cases, you should see your Honors Program advisor first, before you meet with the advisor assigned to you based on your degree/major.

  6. Have you prepared adequately for your Honors-advising appointment?
    Double-check by printing out and completing this pre-advisement checklist.

  7. What if I am currently away from campus or studying abroad?
    If you are off campus and unable to meet face-to-face with your advisor, you can be advised electronically, usually via email. Start by sending an email to your advisor outlining your current circumstance. Your advisor will follow up and provide particular instructions for completing the advising process.

  8. Will I meet my Honors advisor in person or online?
    For now, all appointments will be conducted online via Zoom.

Find an Honors Advisor List of Honors classes

Honors Program

Morrison Hall 203
One Bear Place #97122
Waco, TX 76798-7122

(254) 710-1119