First Time in College of Transfer Students
When first entering the College of Engineering, students should report to the College of Engineering Office of Student Services (Room B111 COE) for academic advising. An initial orientation session prior to the start of the student's first term may serve as this advising session.
Continuing Pre-Engineering Majors
Until a student has met the College of Engineering "Pre-Engineering Retention Requirements", their major remains Pre-Engineering, and they must be academically advised by the Office of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs (Room B111 COE)
Once a student has officially transferred to the Department (i.e., properly changed their major from Pre-Engineering to one of the majors within Mechanical Engineering), they must be academically advised by the Department. Students will need to have their transcript evaluated prior to being assigned a permanent faculty advisor. E-mail Natalie Alday or call 410-6155 to schedule an appointment for transcript evaluation. Students should bring a copy of their unofficial transcript to this initial advising appointment for evaluation.
All majors within the Department of Mechanical Engineering are placed on a registration "Hold" before the start of each term until they are advised. An academic "hold" or "stop" means that students will not be able to register for classes. Students must be academically advised in person by their assigned faculty advisor each semester or the academic "hold" will not be removed. Not being academically advised in a timely fashion can result in students being assessed late registration fees.
After the initial transcript assessment meeting, students will be assigned a permanent faculty advisor. During the official advising period for each academic term, students should obtain an academic advising form (trial schedule) from the ME Department Main Office. This form must be filled out as completely as possible prior to meeting with their advisor, and it must include the student's current term schedule. The trial schedule must also include a valid phone number and e-mail address where the student can be reached by their advisor during business hours.
Students must meet face-to-face with their advisor during every academic term of each year. All faculty have posted office hours, during which students may "walk in" for an advising session. A formal advising appointment may also be scheduled with the individual faculty member via e-mail. An academic advisement form (the "trial schedule") must be presented to their faculty advisor at the meeting. The original trial schedule that is signed and approved by the advisor will be retained in the student's academic folder, and a carbon copy of the form will be given to the student. After the trial schedule has been signed by the faculty advisor, the "hold" on a student's registration will be removed.
Advising is a key element in succeeding in the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Program. To find your advisor, contact Natalie Alday at (850) 410-6155 or email Natalie). In addition, your advisor can:
- inform you of course availability;
- provide limited career guidance;
- direct you to campus resources;
- periodically assess your graduation readiness.
It is your responsibility to see your advisor EVERY semester:
- The sixth through the eighth week of the semester in a good time to meet with your advisor.
- NO COURSE ADVISING will occur without an ME Undergraduate Curriculum Diagram advising form
- call or email your advisor to make an appointment.
- be prepared to discuss your progress in your current classes.
- be prepared to discuss your performance in the previous semester's classes.
- be sure to bring an advising form with you
- tell your advisor your plans for the next 6-12 months (classes, internships, activities, etc.).
- try to skip seeing your advisor.
- try to "slip something past" another professor (to avoid your advisor).
- drop a course without consulting your advisor.