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Advising Resources

As you advise your advisees, reference the information below to help your students. Please document all notes in the 'Activities' section of NEXUS.

Creating a 4 Year Academic Plan

The 4 Year Academic Plan is used to help students plan for their academic progression throughout their coursework at Mercer. The plan allows students to outline their transfer credit, general education requirements, major and minor coursework, and pre-professional goals while recognizing what should be achieved each semester as they work toward graduation requirements. Review the step-by-step Academic Planning Guide and Resources>>.

Exploring Academic Options

Ask your advisees about their academic interests:

  • What majors are within their areas of academic interest?
  • Would they benefit from talking more with the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) to explore their academic options (especially if they are still deciding upon their major)?
  • Have they completed a CCPD self-assessment to assess interests, skills, talents, and abilities and further explore and analyze occupational paths?
  • Are they available to attend Majors in Minutes>> to learn about Mercer's major options from peers currently completing coursework in those areas.  

Declaring a Major, Minor, or Specialization

Read more about the major, minor, or specialization declaration process>> when your advisees are ready to fully declare their area of academic study.

Completing the Declaration Form

Refer your students to their appropriate advising point of contact per their new area of study, as outlined on the Departmental Chairpeople and Advising Points of Contact chart>>.

Creating an Individualized Major

Students may propose a major or minor curriculum tailored to their individualized needs. In order to be eligible for an individualized major or minor, a student must have completed at least 30 semester hours and no more than 80 semester hours of college level work with a GPA of a 2.0, with at least 15 semester hours completed at Mercer University. Read more about the individualized major and minor curriculum committee requirements in the University Catalog>>.

Changing Majors

Talk with your advisees about their change of academic interest and:

  • Work together to outline a new 4 Year Academic Plan with their new area of study.
  • Talk about the credit hour and curriculum implications, especially if this change requires a change in college/school or dictates a need for summer school or additional time at Mercer to fulfill degree requirements. 
  • Assist any students in completing the Major/Minor/Specialization Declaration Form>>. Note: This form encompasses changes in minors, concentrations, and pre-professional tracks as well.

Taking Classes as a Transient Student

An undergraduate student who wishes to take academic course(s) elsewhere and apply those credits toward a Mercer degree is considered a transient student. The student must have been enrolled and attended classes at Mercer for at least one semester prior to requesting permission to study elsewhere. Transient Request Forms are available in the Registrar’s Office website>>.

To complete a Transient Request Form, students must:

  • Indicate the course number, title, and credit hours of the transient course.
  • Anticipate the equivalent Mercer course.
  • Earn the signatures of their academic advisor, College or School Dean, and the Registrar's Office.
  • Hand in the completed form to the Registrar's Office to 1) verify the Mercer equivalent of the transient course, 2) verify good academic standing at Mercer, and 3) send the form to the transient institution.

It is the students' responsibility to apply and be accepted to the transient institution, enroll in the course, and send final transcripts back to Mercer's Registrar's Office for transient credit to be earned.

Transient Student Reminders: 

  • If pursuing a Special Consideration Program, students needs to check their program's track-specific student handbook for any program restrictions before making plans to take transient coursework.
  • Only grades of "C" or better in courses equivalent to Mercer credit can be accepted.
  • Transient grades/quality points have no effect on the cumulative Mercer GPA; however, all grades are calculated for possible graduation honors.
  • Transient courses cannot be used to replace grades earned in Mercer courses.
  • Students can take no more than two consecutive terms as transient.

Additional Advising and Registration Resources

The following campus offices and resources can provide additional assistance in the advising and registration process:

Resource/Office

Purpose

Phone

478.301.

Website

Location & Notes

ACCESS and Accommodation

Katie Johnson, Director and ADA/504 Coordinator

Documents and advocates for students’ academic accommodations due to a disability

2778

access.mercer.edu

CSC, Third Floor

 

Bursar's Office

 

Oversees online payment plans, tuition bills, and any holds due to outstanding balance

1111

bursar.mercer.edu

RYL, First Floor

Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD)

Assists with exploring majors and pursuing internship and future employment

2863

career.mercer.edu

&

mercer.joinhandshake.com/login

CSC, Third Floor

Financial Planning

Students can locate their Financial Aid Advisor’s name and contact info via MyMercer homepage in the ‘advisor’ tile.

Serves as students' point of contact as it relates to financial aid in attending Mercer

 

2670

financialaid.mercer.edu

CSC, Breezeway

Information Technology (IT) Helpdesk

 

Provides tech support (with the MyMercer system itself or student login) during registration

7000

it.mercer.edu/student/ contact_us.htm

Tarver, Second Floor

Registrar’s Office

 

Enrolls students in classes and keeps academic records

2680

registrar.mercer.edu

LANG, First Floor

Student-Athlete Support Services

Matt Brownback, Director of Student-Athlete Support

Provides academic support to all new student-athletes and returning students, if needed

2963

arc.mercer.edu/ student-athlete-affairs/

CSC, Breezeway

within the Academic Resource Center (ARC)

Office of Student Success (OSS)

Kellie Chastain, Director of Student Success

Assists with registration hold removal process and follow-up support post-registration

2657

studentsuccess.mercer.edu

RYL, First Floor

Study Abroad

Ashley Buchanan, Study Abroad Coordinator

Helps in exploring study abroad options

4444

mercerabroad.com

RYL, Third Floor

within the Office of International Programs