Saturday, February 23, 2013

Summer and Fall 2013 advising

A note from Jennifer Hinton, our departmental advisor for undergraduates...

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a successful spring term! Please review this entire posting before emailing for an appointment.

If you have completed 60 semester hours and your file has been transferred to the psychology department, it’s now time to schedule an advising appointment.

To arrange an advising appointment with me, I will need to know your campus, preferred meeting times, and phone number (email I'm on the Chicago campus (Gage Building, Room 400) on Mondays and Tuesdays, with appointment times from 10:30 a.m. to - 5:15 p.m.; Schaumburg campus on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with appointment times from 10:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. Most days, I am not available between 12:30-2 p.m. It would be best to provide a range of times/days that you are able to meet because the appointment times that tend to fill quickest are times directly after classes end.

For Chicago campus students with 60-90 hours completed, you can choose to schedule an appointment with our part-time psychology advisor, Jacquelyn Scarpaci, at She’s at the Chicago campus (Gage, Room 400) on Mondays, 2-6 p.m.; Tuesdays, 10-2, and Thursdays, noon-4. To improve our efficiency in advising everyone in a timely manner, please do not email us both for appointments.

Keep in mind that during this busy time, it will take us a day or more to get back to you.

Before meeting for advising, you are urged to resolve any registration holds you might have. To find out if you have any holds, log into your RU Access account, select Registration & Other Student Services, then Student Records. If you have a hold, you would contact the office that placed the hold to have it lifted so you can register.

The Fall 2013 schedule is now viewable and you are asked to have some classes selected prior to the appointment. For information about psychology program requirements for students who began the major after Fall ’11, click here. For those who started the psychology major before Fall ’11, click here.  

You can review the class schedule by going to the main website at, selecting "Current Students" in the upper-left corner, then "Class Schedule" from the links in the left column. Do not look up courses through your RU Access.

Also, if you have at least 72 semester hours completed, you should request a degree check at the link below. A Degree Check is an audit completed by the Registrar’s Office that will verify the number of hours and general education requirements you’ve completed. It’s not necessary for you to do this prior to the appointment, as it will take a few weeks to be processed, but a good idea to request at some point during this term-- if you have 72 hours or more completed.

Finally, make sure to check academic calendars at the link to the Registrar’s Office below. By clicking on “Important Dates” and selecting the term, you can review course start dates, breaks, drop dates, tuition refund schedule, final exam dates, etc. (If the schedule is not posted yet, continue to check the website during spring term for updates.)

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