Advising-What You Need to Know

Your engineering advisor is the primary source of information for all curriculum issues and questions regarding your major. This person is always your main source for advising, and is a very important part of your support network in the College of Engineering. In addition to the curriculum, your advisor can provide information about career paths, the University, the local community, etc., and answer any questions you may have.

Please review the important information below that is very useful to all engineering students, including those in the IEP.

Note: The COE Dean’s Office does not provide routine advising of engineering students.

Am I in University College (UC) or the College of Engineering (COE)?

University College (UC) Advisor

  • All freshman students, and some transfer students, designated as engineering majors (including undecided engineering), are assigned an engineering advisor at University College in Roosevelt Hall. Advising appointments with your UC advisor are made through Starfish
  • All advising for students who are still in University College is done in Roosevelt Hall.
  • Directory of UC engineering advisors.
  • IEP students also see below.
  • Note: You are required to meet with your advisor in their office in Roosevelt Hall at least once every semester until you are admitted to the College of Engineering. or you will not be able to register for the next semester’s classes.

College of Engineering (COE) Academic and Faculty Advisor

  • Once you have met the requirements for admission to the College of Engineering, you are then admitted to the college and assigned an academic advisor as well as a faculty advisor in your major, both of whom advises you through graduation. You are notified of this action in writing by the COE Assistant Dean.
  • Directory of COE academic and faculty advisors
  • IEP students also see below.
  • Note the following:
    • Once admitted to the COE, you no longer go to Roosevelt Hall for academic advising – all advising appointments are scheduled directly with your permanent engineering academic advisor, and advising appointments are typically held in your academic advisor’s office.
    • You are required to meet with your advisor in their office in the College of Engineering at least once every semester until you are or you will not be able to register for the next semester’s classes.

Advisor Holds

All undergraduate engineering students have an Advisor Hold for registration placed on their e-Campus accounts every semester through graduation by the COE Dean (unless otherwise notified). In addition, all engineering students are required to meet with their engineering advisor every semester prior to registration to review their current status, and discuss courses for the next semester. Please note that your engineering advisor is the only individual who lifts your Advisor Hold and only after an advising appointment.  

  • Note: If your Advisor Hold is not lifted, you will not be able to register for the next semester’s classes.

Curriculum Sheets

All engineering students must download copies of the curriculum sheet(s) for their specific engineering major(s). In addition, for IEP students, there also are IEP curriculum sheets for each engineering major. The curriculum sheets are very useful documents, providing you with the roadmap for completion of your major. They should be used and updated regularly as you complete coursework, and you must also bring these sheets with you to all advising appointments (this is required by engineering advisors for scheduling of advising appointments).

Choosing the Correct Curriculum Sheet

Once admitted to the University, the first curriculum sheet that you are eligible to follow is the one for the first academic year in which you matriculated (are enrolled in a degree program) at URI. For example, if you matriculated at URI in fall 2017 or spring 2018, the first curriculum sheet you can follow is for the Class of 2021 (academic year begins 2017, so class year is 2017+4=2021).

  • Note: You cannot follow an earlier check sheet (e.g., Class of 2020, 2019, 2018, etc.).

General Education Requirements

All COE undergraduate students must meet the University’s General Education requirements. The General Education Handbooks for selecting approved courses are available at the University College website.

  • Note: You must refer to your engineering major for the required program-specific courses that satisfy these requirements – they vary by engineering major. You also need to meet with your advisor to discuss these details.

International Engineering Program (IEP)

Students in the IEP should carefully note the following:

  • Once admitted to the COE, you should begin meeting with the IEP language advisor for your B.A. major (if you haven’t already been doing so).
  • You must see your COE academic advisor and IEP language advisor every semester for registration.
  • For students who began at URI in Spring 2016 or earlier, you must consult with your IEP language advisor regarding the specific General Education requirements for your B.A. major. For student’s admitted Fall 2016 and later general education requirements are the same for both majors.


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