The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Engineering Advising Center provides timely, accurate information, and professional advice about degree programs, university policies and procedures, and campus resources.
We are dedicated, diverse, and caring professional undergraduate academic advisors at The University of Texas at San Antonio. We guide UTSA undergraduate students, transfer students, and potential students toward success in achieving their academic goals. As liaisons between students and the institution, we offer our professional expertise in a service-oriented environment.
This interaction empowers students to develop their educational plans according to their life goals. Therefore, we positively influence post-secondary education for future generations and foster the growth of our university community and culturally diverse society. Who should visit Advising Center
Office Hours and location
The Engineering Advising Center is for students who have been assigned to one of its academic advisors (usually based on successful completion of Calculus I). All newly admitted students who are Pre-engineering/University College majors will be advised by Student Placement Advising Center in MS 2.02.18/(210)458-5170 until they have successfully completed Calculus I. Prospective students should contact:
April Advising Hours
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Office Hours: Monday–Friday 8:00 am–5:00 pm Please Note: Office Hours are not the same as Walk-in Advising Hours.
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Where do I go for help?
The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Engineering Advising Center offers students the opportunity to sit down with advisors and ask questions regarding their major and college plan. Where is the Engineering Advising Center located?
On the third floor of the Engineering Building, EB 3.04.04.How do I make an appointment to see an Advisor?
It is not necessary for students to make an appointment during Walk-In Advising hours. To see an advisor during Walk-In Advising hours, visit the Advising Center’s office and sign-in with the front desk. If you need to see an advisor at a time when Walk-in Advising is not available, you may make an appointment by contacting the Advising Center’s office by phone or email. Walk-In Advising hours change periodically, so check the Advising Hours section on the Advising homepage before planning your visit. What happens if my GPA falls below 2.0?
Students who fail to maintain the minimum required grade point average of 2.0 in all work attempted at UTSA will be placed on Academic Warning, Academic Probation or Academic Dismissal. To learn more about these academic standings, visit the College of Engineering Academic Standing webpage. What degrees and majors are available in the College of Engineering?
The College of Engineering offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering; Master of Science Degrees in Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering; and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees in Biomedical Engineering, Environmental Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. For more information about the College of Engineering’s Degree Programs, please visit the Prospective Students webpage. Why do I have a hold?
Various offices place student records on hold for many reasons that include but are not limited to academic successes and account balances. Please check with our front desk staff to check whether you have any holds on your record. Only the office that placed the hold on your record can release that hold. If you have further questions about the Engineering Advising Center, please contact the Advising Center by email, email@example.com, or by phone, (210) 458-5525.
Undergraduate Degree Plans and Prerequisites
Biomedical Engineering Civil Engineering Computer EngineeringElectrical Engineering Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering Academic Standing
Undergraduate students in the College of Engineering are subject to UTSA’s Academic Standing policy in addition to policies specific to the College of Engineering.
Minimum Grade Requirements
Students who fail to maintain the minimum required grade point average of 2.0 in all work attempted at UTSA will be placed on: Academic warning Academic probation, or Academic dismissal as appropriate. Failing to Meet Minimum Grade Requirements Academic Warning
First-time undergraduates at UTSA, including transfer students, who were admitted in good standing and earn a semester grade point average between 1.0 and 1.99 during their first semester at UTSA are placed on academic warning. At the end of their second semester of registration at UTSA, the academic standing of students on academic warning will be changed to good standing if their overall UTSA grade point average rises to at least 2.0. If their overall UTSA grade point average remains below 2.0, their academic standing will be changed to academic probation. First time undergraduates at UTSA, including transfer students, who were admitted in good standing and have a semester grade point average below 1.0 during their first semester are placed on academic probation and bypass the academic warning status completely. Students on academic warning must be advised prior to registration to help ensure their academic success. Freshmen who have declared majors are advised in the Student Placement Advising Center. Students who have earned 30 or more semester credit hours and have declared majors are advised in the advising center of the college of their major. Students who are undecided are advised in the Student Placement Advising Center. In the College of Engineering, all students who have earned 30 or more semester credit hours, including students on academic warning, are advised by a faculty advisor. Academic Probation
Students in good standing whose overall UTSA grade point average falls below 2.0 (other than first-time undergraduates who meet the criteria for academic warning) are placed on academic probation. Academic probation will be cleared when a student achieves a 2.0 overall UTSA grade point average. Students on academic probation whose semester grade point average is below 2.0 will be placed on academic dismissal, even if their overall UTSA grade point average is above 2.0. Academic Dismissal and Reinstatement Policy and Procedures
There are three types of academic dismissal, each of which is described below. If students believe there are nonacademic extenuating circumstances that contributed to their inability to do well academically, they may appeal their first dismissal by completing the Petition for Undergraduate Reinstatement form. Once the form is completed and submitted to the Undergraduate Admissions Office, a committee will review the appeal. Students will be notified of the committee’s decision once the review has been finalized. First Academic Dismissal
Students, other than those classified as provisional students, who are placed on academic dismissal for the first time will be reinstated if they so choose after not attending UTSA for the next regular semester (Fall, Spring, or entire Summer Semester). Students seeking reinstatement must apply for admission with the Admissions Office by:
- July 1 for Fall Semester
- December 1 for the Spring Semester
- May 1 for the Summer Semester
Students on academic dismissal from UTSA may attend other institutions and transfer appropriate coursework completed to UTSA, but grades earned cannot count toward or be used to improve their UTSA grade point average. If a student does enroll at another institution, an admission decision will be made upon receipt of an official transcript that reflects grades on coursework taken at that institution during the period of dismissal from UTSA. Typically, a student subject to dismissal will be dismissed; however, each UTSA college has an appeals procedure administered by the college. College of Engineering students who wish to appeal a dismissal should complete the Petition for Undergraduate Reinstatement form. In unusual circumstances, a student may be allowed to continue subject to conditions prescribed by the Dean. The College of Engineering approves appeals only for the first academic dismissal. Students who appeal must show strong evidence that their dismissal was caused by nonacademic extenuating circumstances. Subsequent Academic Dismissal Students placed on academic dismissal for a second or subsequent time may be reinstated after not attending UTSA for one calendar year with the approval of the reinstatement committee in the college of the student’s major. Reinstatement decisions for students without a declared major are determined by the reinstatement committee based in the Tomás Rivera Center (TRC). Each of these committees reports to a college Dean or Dean of Undergraduate Studies who has final authority for determinations of reinstatements. Students seeking reinstatement must apply for admission to the Admissions Office to be considered by the appropriate reinstatement committee. The reinstatement committee’s decision, and any conditions of the decision, will be communicated to the applicant by the reinstatement committee. The College of Engineering will not reinstate any student who is placed on Academic Dismissal for the second time. Provisional Academic Dismissal Provisionally admitted students who are placed on academic dismissal must attend another college or university and complete a minimum of 12 semester credits of transferable college coursework with a minimum 2.0 grade point average to qualify for reinstatement to UTSA.
If the reinstatement committee in the college of the student’s major or the reinstatement committee based in the Student Placement Advising Center (for students without a declared major) approves the Petition for Reinstatement, the Office of Admissions will process the application for admission for the requested semester of enrollment. If the petition for reinstatement is disapproved, a student may not file another petition until the following semester. Appeal of a denial for reinstatement may be made to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies within two weeks after notice of the denial is postmarked. The decision of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies is final. All students who are reinstated from academic dismissal are placed on academic probation and must maintain a minimum semester 2.0 grade point average every semester until they reach a UTSA cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Students who have been reinstated following an academic dismissal must be advised prior to registration. At that time, the student and the advisor will develop a remedial plan specifying expectations the student will be required to meet during the semester. Students who fail to follow the requirements set by the Dean or University Reinstatement Committee will be subject to academic dismissal. The College of Engineering Reinstatement Committee may conditionally approve the application for reinstatement. Typically, students are asked to pass certain number of required courses with final grades of C or better in all courses. In addition, grades of I or W are not accepted as part of the condition. The reinstated students must be advised by their faculty advisors before registration. The student and the faculty advisor will develop a remedial plan specifying expectations the student will be required to meet during the semester. Students who fail to follow the requirements will be dismissed from the college permanently.
Advising for Reinstated Students
Each advising center sees students concerning all matters of their academic status, such as progress toward degree completion, graduation status, academic probation, academic dismissal and changing majors. Students on academic probation who are reinstated after academic dismissal or with a Texas Success Initiative (TSI) deficiency are required to be advised and holds are placed on their registration records to ensure that the student meets with an advisor. Students may also be required to meet with an advisor to obtain approval to register for restricted courses. Freshmen (fewer than 30 earned semester credit hours) who have declared majors are advised in the Colleges’ Freshman Advising Center (CFAC). Freshmen and continuing students who are undecided and those who are provisional are advised in the Tomás Rivera Center (TRC). Students who have earned 30 or more semester credit hours and have declared majors are advised through the college advising centers of their major(s). Students may also need to consult with the Honors College, Athletics program, advisors in colleges which offer secondary certifications or if seeking a major/minor outside their primary major, advisors within that college. Academic and Grade Grievance Procedure
In resolving any student grievance regarding grades, evaluations or other academically-related concern or incident regarding a faculty member, the student must first make a serious effort to resolve the matter with the faculty member with whom the grievance originated. It is University policy that individual faculty members retain primary responsibility for assigning grades and evaluations. The faculty member’s judgment regarding grades and evaluations is final unless compelling evidence shows discrimination, differential treatment, factual mistake, or violation of a relevant University policy. In resolving a student grievance regarding other academically-related issues involving a faculty member, the student must follow the same process as used when grieving a grade or evaluation. If the matter is not resolved, the student may file a formal grievance, in writing, with the Department Chair. The student must file the grievance with the Department Chair within 90 calendar days from the end of the semester in which the grade was assigned or the other concern or incident occurred. The Department Chair will communicate his or her decision to the student in and forward a copy to COE Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Policies. The student may appeal the decision to the COE Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Policies and then, to the Dean of University College. Appeals to the next higher level must be submitted on the Student Academic and Grade Grievance Form and submitted within thirty (30) calendar days of the decision of the previous administrative level. The decision of the Dean of University College is final. The administrator handling the appeal at each level will notify individuals involved, including those who have already ruled on the appeal, once a decision has been rendered. Academic and Grade Grievance Procedure Flowchart Under no circumstances will grades be changed after one calendar year.
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