Advising Process

How do I find out who my advisor is?

Your assigned CLAS Advisor is listed on the right side in your CU Denver student portal. If are a continuing student with a major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and do not see an assigned advisor listed please call 303-315-7100. If you are a new student your advisor will be assigned after you have completed your initial advising requirement. Incoming first year students will need to complete New Student Orientation and meet with a CLAS Advisor during the advising breakout session. Incoming transfer students will need to complete a Transfer Advising Group Session (TAGS). 

Do I need to schedule an appointment with my advisor or can I just walk-in?

CLAS Advising only offers walk-in advising on Thursdays from 9:30am-11:30am and 1:30pm-4pm. We require a previously scheduled 30-minute appointment on all other weekdays. To schedule an appointment please call 303-315-7100. Please review our office schedule or types of advising for further clarification. 

I have questions about my major, minor, and/or certificate requirements. Whom do I meet with to answer my questions?

In order to determine the requirements of your major or minor you will need to meet with your Major/Minor Faculty Advisors . If you have questions related to your CU Denver Core requirements or CLAS Graduation requirements, you should call 303-315-7100 to schedule an appointment with your CLAS Advisor. 

I want to change my major, do I need to meet with my advisor?

If you currently have a major declared within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and would like to declare a new or additional major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences you do not necessarily need to meet with your CLAS Advisor. You may complete the Major/Minor Change Form and submit the completed form to the front desk of the CLAS Advising Office. However, you are encouraged to meet with the faculty advisor within the major department to discuss the requirements of your new major. 

I am undeclared and seeking to declare a CLAS major. What is my next step?

If you are currently undeclared and seeking to declare a CLAS major, you will need to meet with a CLAS Advisor in scheduled 30-minute appointment. They will be able to answer any questions, assist with the necessary paperwork, and process the change within the system. Please call 303-315-7100 in order to schedule an appointment. You are encouraged to meet with the faculty advisor within the major department prior to the major change in order to determine the major requirements and discuss possible concentrations or sub-plans. 

I am currently enrolled at another school or college at CU Denver and am seeking to add or change to a CLAS major. What is my next step?

If you are currently declared in a major within a different College at CU  Denver but wishing to switch into or add a CLAS major, please download the Intra-university Transfer (IUT) form. Once you are ready to submit your major change, you'll need to meet with a CLAS Advisor to submit the IUT form. Please call 303-315-7100 to schedule an appointment. Please note that for IUT forms submitted after the current term census date, the CLAS major will not become active in the system until the following term.​​

Registration

When can I register for classes for next semester?

Your registration date and time are listed on the right side in your CU Denver student portal. Open enrollment dates can be found on the Registrar's website. 

I am an incoming student to CU Denver, and there is a hold on my account preventing me from registering. How do I get this hold removed?

If you are a new student the College Advising Hold will remain on your account until you have completed your initial advising requirement. Incoming first year students will need to complete New Student Orientation and meet with a CLAS Advisor during the advising breakout session. Incoming transfer students will need to complete a Transfer Advising Group Session (TAGS). 

I am a current student at CU Denver, and there is a hold on my account preventing me from registering. How do I get this hold removed?

The first step is to determine why the hold was placed on your account. Please review the possible holds that may prevent you from registering. If you need assistance clarifying the purpose of the hold or your next step, please call 303-315-7100. 

How many credits can I take?

You are allowed to take a maximum of 18 credits in spring and fall, and a maximum of 12 credits in the summer. Requests for an overload (taking more than the maximum allowed) must be approved by your academic advisor and are based on specific criteria (such as GPA, enrollment history/success). You should consider your obligations inside and outside school to help you decide whether requesting an overload is a good idea.

If your plan is to graduate in four years, then you need to complete 30 credits a year. You can divide this in a variety of ways. For example, you can take 15 credits in fall and spring; 12 credits in fall and spring, and 6 credits in the summer; etc.

When is the last day I can add classes?

The last day to add classes for the current term through your student portal is the Sunday after classes have started (Fall 2018 Term, 08/26/18). The last day to add classes with the instructor's signature on the Late Add Form is Census Date (Fall 2018 Term, 09/05/18). After Census Date you may still petition to add classes if you have extenuating circumstances that prevented you from registering for a course. The Post Census Add Petition should be submitted as soon as possible after Census Date to the CLAS Advising Office.

Please reference the Academic Calendar to review important registration deadlines. 

When is the last day I can drop classes?

The last day to drop all classes in order to receive the registration advance deposit reimbursement before tuition is assessed for the current term is the day before classes begin (Fall 2018 Term, 08/19/18). The last day to drop classes to receive full tuition reimbursement and to avoid incurring the $100 drop charge is the following Monday after classes have started (Fall 2018 Term, 08/27/18). After this date, you may still drop classes through your portal until Census Date (Fall 2018 Term, 09/05/18), but you will incur a $100 drop charge per class that is dropped. After Census Date you may withdraw from classes through the student portal through the tenth week of classes (Fall 2018 Term, 10/28/18). Please note that withdrawing from a course is different than dropping a course. Withdrawing from a course will result in a "W" on your transcript. You will be assessed full tuition for the courses that are withdrawn. After the tenth week you can submit a Late Withdrawal Petition to the CLAS Advising Office to request to be withdrawn from one or more courses. This petition requires your instructor's signature of approval and a written statement detailing the extenuating circumstances preventing you from completing the course(s). The deadline to submit the Late Withdrawal Petition is the Wednesday before Finals Week (Fall 2018 Term, 12/05/18). After this deadline you may no longer withdraw from classes. 

Before you drop or withdraw from classes, please contact Financial Aid to review potential implications. Please reference the Academic Calendar to review important registration deadlines. 

Graduation

How do I apply for graduation?

Applying for graduation through your student portal is mandatory to receive your diploma. Navigate to your student portal and select "All Student Functions" under the Student Center menu. Select "Academics" and then select "Apply for Graduation". Apply for graduation through your student portal before the Census Date of the term in which you plan to graduate. The Fall 2018 graduation application will close on September 5, 2018. 

How do I determine if I am eligible to graduate?
  • Meet with your CLAS Advisor to review your progress in completing the overall degree requirements of the College and CU Denver.
    Note: Schedule this meeting before you register for classes for your final term, in order to avoid the busiest time for CLAS Advising, which is at the start of each semester.
  • Meet with each of your Major and Minor Faculty Advisors​ to review your progress toward each specific program.
    Note: You will also want to schedule your meeting with each department before you register for classes, in order to avoid peak advising times.