Make an Appointment
We are currently conducting all appointments via Zoom. To schedule an academic advising appointment, see below for details.
The Online Advising Appointment System
- Go to TUportal.
- Click on your Student Tools tab.
- Scroll down the center column and select Schedule under the Appointment System box.
- Under the Appointment Type drop-down menu, select what type of appointment you are attempting to book.
– To book a same day appointment, select Same Day. The system will begin accepting Same Day appointment requests at 7:00 am. Appointments may begin as early as 8:30 am.
– To book a future appointment, select Future. Future appointments may be booked up to five business days in advance.
- Follow the steps and make sure to click Schedule Appointment. You will receive a confirmation email with the details of your appointment.
- You will receive two (2) emails once your appointment is scheduled:
1. A confirmation email with the details of your appointment,
2. An outlook calendar invite that will include the zoom link for the meeting. Use the provided zoom link during your designated appointment time.
Change of Program Procedures
To be completed in Canvas
Step One: You must confirm that you have a cumulative 2.0 GPA in order to be eligible for a change of program. If you do not have a cumulative 2.0 GPA, you will not be able to transfer to the College of Liberal Arts. If you do not have a 2.0 GPA at this time, you should meet with an advisor in your college to create an academic plan to improve your GPA prior to your transfer. In order to start the change of program process, you must email email@example.com with COP in the subject line. You must include your name, your TUid number and what major you would like to switch to.
Step Two: Watch a brief College of Liberal Arts change of program video, which covers important information about academic advising and collegial requirements.
Step Three: Complete a brief quiz which will test your knowledge of the college requirements covered in the video. You must answer each question correctly in order to complete the process. You can take the test more than once.
Step Four: You will then gain access to a link to the CLA Change of Program form that can only be accessed after successful completion of the quiz. Fill out and submit the form electronically. Please allow five business days for processing.
Upon completing the course, you can make an appointment with an academic advisor to register or revise your schedule for the upcoming semester. Even if you are unsure of your plans, please still complete the Canvas course and then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to schedule an advising appointment to discuss your potential change in program.
If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com. Please make sure to include COP in the email subject line and your TUid in the email.
What happens after I submit the form?
Your request to transfer to the College of Liberal Arts will then be reviewed to ensure that you are eligible for transfer. If you have completed all the steps above and have a 2.0 GPA, your request will be forwarded to the Office of the University Registrar for processing and may take five to seven business days to be finalized. You will receive email notification from the Office of the University Registrar once your change of program is complete.
Please note that your change of program is effective for the semester after you apply. If you submit a change of program in the fall semester, you will be a College of Liberal Arts student in the spring semester. However, you will still be able to register for College of Liberal Arts courses while the change of program is being processed.
Declaring Programs Within the College of Liberal Arts
If you are a student in the College of Liberal Arts and want to change your major/minor/certificate within the College of Liberal Arts, please fill out the Declare/Drop a CLA Major, Minor, Certificate or Specialization form.
If you are a student in another college and want to add to your current major or add a minor/certificate within the College of Liberal Arts, please fill out this version of the Declare/Drop a CLA Major, Minor, Certificate or Specialization form.
Register for Classes
If you’re an Owl with good academic standing—that means you have a minimum 2.0 GPA in the previous fall or spring term and cumulative GPA—you can register for classes through the Self-service Banner (SSB). All students who have unsatisfactory academic performance—a term or cumulative GPA below a 2.0—must meet with an advisor in order to register.
During the registration process, you may encounter circumstances that require special approval and the appropriate approval forms. They may also require manual registration by the Center for Academic Advising and Professional Development. These include the following: closed section approval, credit level, credit/no credit (audit only), overload, special authorization and time conflict. Please note that no changes will be processed unless the student presents the request in person and waits for processing and a receipt of the transaction.
Is your first semester at college fast approaching? If so, this is one of the most exciting times of your life! But it might also mean you’ve got a lot of questions. Don’t worry—that’s normal. At Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts, you’ll be able to choose your academic advisor, get your questions answered, get continued help throughout your academic career and have someone to turn to even when you have questions that go beyond academics. Once you complete new student orientation, please drop us a line at 215-204-7971 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
Who Will Be My Academic Advisor?
Your personal academic path won’t be exactly the same as anyone else’s. That’s because it’ll be tailored to what you want to get out of college and how you want your education to empower you in your life and career ahead. To do that most effectively, we pair you with the advisor who makes the most sense for you. How do we know your advisor is best for you? Easy. We let you pick! The College of Liberal Arts has a diverse team of advisors. Some of them grew up here in Philadelphia, while others are from around the country and even overseas, and they have varied backgrounds and educational experiences. That means you’re sure to find the friendly face of someone you can relate to. As a new student, you’ll be able to choose the advisor who’s the best fit for you.
I Have So Many Questions!
What courses should you be taking? How do you register for those courses? What sort of academic goals should you set for yourself? Where are the important resources around campus? What are your options for studying abroad? Most of all, just what exactly is being a student on Temple’s Main Campus going to be like?
If these sort of questions are on your mind, know that you’ll get an advisor to give you the answers you’re looking for. The move from high school to college is a big one, and we want to make sure you enjoy the experience while getting the most out of it academically. The College of Liberal Arts has an incredibly diverse curriculum of courses for you to choose from, many avenues for supporting your academic progress and a variety of choices for how, where and when you learn. All you have to do is contact your advisor.
How Can My Advisor Help Me After I Register and Settle into College?
One of the first things you’ll need to do once you enroll at the College of Liberal Arts is register for courses, and you’ll of course have to do so every semester. Your advisor will guide you through registration, but they will also be here to help you with so much more.
Some students know exactly what they want to major in. Others don’t. Either way, they always have an advisor to help them stay on track and find their way. That’s because picking a major isn’t something everyone does once and never changes. Around half of Temple students change their major at least once. So whether you’re undeclared, have second thoughts about your major or want to add a minor or another major, your advisor will help you pair your interests with an academic plan that fits them. And if and when the time comes to change that plan, they’ll help you make the best choice to study what excites you most.
What If I Have an Issue Beyond Academics?
It’s a clichéd saying that success isn’t a straight path, but that doesn’t make it untrue. No one goes through life or school unchallenged. When you encounter a problem, we want to be there to get you through it. If you run into some trouble as a student with your academics, financials, campus life or anything related to college, you’ll always have someone to turn to for help in your advisor. They will either have a solution ready for you or will get you to the person who does.
Ready to take the next step in your college career? Deciding where to transfer your existing college credits or associate degree might be easier than you think. About 40 percent of Temple University students are transfers, so you’ll be among students with similar experiences and needs. And at Temple’s College of Liberal Arts, you’ll benefit from an academic advising team dedicated to helping you make the most of your credits and graduate as soon as possible. Choose your academic advisor, get your transfer questions answered, receive advice throughout your time at Temple and get help with issues beyond academics. Contact us now to get started!
Who Will Be My Academic Advisor When I Transfer?
As a Temple transfer student, you’ll be joining an enormous group of students who came here with existing college experience and credits, just like you. And like you, they needed someone who understood their college journey to date and their goals for completing their higher education. They found that person on our academic advising team.
The College of Liberal Arts has an assistant director who focuses exclusively on transfer student services, and a diverse team of professional academic advisors. Many of these advisors were once transfer students themselves. They’re all eager to meet you at orientation, help you navigate the transfer process and finish your education in a timely manner. Best of all, we don’t choose your advisor for you. We let you choose the advisor you think can help you best.
I Have So Many Questions!
You’ve already worked really hard at school, and you have a lot to show for it, but you’re not learning yet. So if you’re transferring to Temple’s College of Liberal Arts, you probably want to know: What will happen to all my credits? What are the important deadlines? How many more credits will I need to earn? When will I graduate?
Once you transfer to Temple you’ll attend a transfer orientation, where your transfer credits will be reviewed and you’ll be able to choose your courses and pick your academic advisor. Additionally, Assistant Director for Transfer Services, Nicole Conley, is available in person or via email at email@example.com to answer transfer questions.
Every transfer student is unique in the credits each brings, the degree each is pursuing and the desired graduation timing. How to go from holding some credits to holding a bachelor’s degree might not seem intuitive right now, but our team is always available to make things as clear as possible and give you the right advice for meeting your educational goals.
Want to see how your credits will transfer to Temple right now? Use our Transfer Equivalency Tool.
How Can My Advisor Help Me After I Transfer to My New School?
Once you’re accepted and your credit transfers are sorted out, you’ll register for courses during your transfer student orientation. Your advisor will walk you through registration, but they will also be here to help you with so much more.
You’ve already spent some time at college and might have an idea of what you do and don't want to study. Your advisor will help pair your interests with an academic plan that makes sense for you, and help you make adjustments as needed along the way while keeping you on track for graduation.
What If I Have an Issue Beyond Academics?
As a transfer student, you have enough to worry about with your existing credits and how close they bring you to graduation. So your academic advisor will also help you feel connected to the Temple and College of Liberal Arts communities, easing any other concerns that may come up. If you run into an issue with your academics, financials, campus life or anything related to college, you’ll always have someone to turn to for help in your advisor. They will either have a solution ready for you or will get you to the person who does.
I’m Ready to Transfer!
Students enrolled in a degree-program, such as a Certificate, Bachelor, Master, or Doctoral degree, should apply to graduate when they become degree-eligible. Students should regularly meet with their academic advisors to ensure academic program requirements are being met. Review the general graduation processing timeline to learn when your degree will be transcripted, diplomas awarded, etc. Upon review of your academic history, if it is determined that you have NOT met all necessary degree requirements, you will be notified by an academic advisor through your Temple email account. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any graduation-related questions.
Our knowledgeable and dedicated team of academic advisors will be with you from the moment you arrive on campus for orientation through your graduation day.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement
The Center for Academic Advising and the Joyce K. Salzberg Center for Professional Development’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) committee strives to promote an actively safe and open environment for all employees and students. We serve as a resource for employees who have experienced DEI issues and need guidance to work toward resolutions. We embrace individuality in all its forms and expressions, and provide training opportunities to help employees become aware of their unconscious biases and additional barriers to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We understand that to successfully serve our diverse student population, we must first recognize, respect, value and appreciate the differences among us.
B.A., Rowan University, History
M.A., Counseling in Educational Settings- Higher Education Track
Xiomara is a native of Puerto Rico but was raised in South Jersey. Xiomara received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Arts in Counseling in Educational Settings from Rowan University. As a graduate student, Xiomara worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Academic Success Center, where she fell in love with higher education. Once Xiomara graduated with her Master’s degree, she joined the University Advising Center and the Rohrer College of Business as an Academic Advisor at Rowan University. Xiomara enjoys thrifting, going to the movies, and spending time with her loved ones. Xiomara is excited to have the opportunity to continue to help students succeed and grow academically through her role in the College of Liberal Arts.
Favorite Quotes: “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” - Harriet Tubman; “I’ve never been content with the status quo. To my mind, satisfaction has always been the enemy of progress.” - Henry M. Rowan
Advising Interests: First-generation Students, Athletes, and Study Abroad
B.A., Temple University, Criminal Justice
M.A., Saint Joseph’s University, Writing Studies
Patrice is a Philadelphia native and a proud Temple Made alum. Patrice obtained her Bachelors degree from Temple University and her Master of Arts degree from Saint Joseph’s University. As an undergraduate student at Temple, Patrice worked in student services in the College of Liberal Arts and served as a peer mentor in the Act 101 Program in the former Russell Conwell Educational Services Center. Patrice’s liberal arts education has allowed her the opportunity to be flexible in her career. Patrice has worked as a Student Services Specialist for Temple University’s School of Medicine, a Worker’s Compensation Case Manager in the insurance industry, and a Video & Evidence Intel Specialist in the transportation industry. Realizing that higher education was her true passion, Patrice transitioned back to Temple and is excited to support students along their academic journey. In her spare time, Patrice enjoys spending time with loved ones, writing, reading, painting with a twist, cooking and listening to music.
Favorite Books: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, In Search of Satisfaction by J. California Cooper, Well- Read Black Girl by Glory Edim, Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies by Dick Gregory, No Disrespect by Sister Souljah
Advising Interests: First-generation students, Freshman and Sophomore Students, Major/Minor Exploration, New Student Orientation
B.A., Millersville University, Communication Studies
M.S., West Chester University, Higher Education Policy in Student Affairs
Mikel is a Philadelphia native who graduated from William L. Sayre High School. He started his career journey in higher education as a peer mentor for the Millersville Scholars Program. After completing his undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from Millersville University, Mikel spent a year serving as a youth advocate for young men on juvenile probation while also working as a direct support professional for adults with intellectual disabilities. He then earned his Master’s degree in Higher Education Policy in Student Affairs from West Chester University. During his time at West Chester, Mikel worked as a graduate assistant. In this role, he mentored student-athletes and realized his true passion for working in higher education. In his spare time, Mikel enjoys working out at the gym, watching sports, and spending time with his loved ones. Mikel is excited to have the opportunity to advise students in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University.
Favorite Quote: “It always seems impossible until it is done.” -Nelson Mandela
Advising Interests: First-generation College Students, Minority Student Success, Academic Support for Student Athletes, and Holistic Advising
B.A. Washington University, Psychology and African-American Studies
Nia was born in Los Angeles, California, grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She travelled abroad as a student to Turkey and Spain. She has worked in Advertising, Customer Service, for online search engines/retailers, in administrative support, as an Elementary School teacher and now as an Academic Advisor. Nia has truly maximized her Liberal Arts education and encourages students to explore all possible avenues that align with their professional and personal interests. She can often be heard telling students: “It is ok to not yet know which career field you would like to enter. It is equally ok if you thought you knew what you wanted to do with your life, but then changed your mind. This experience is quite common. Discovering who you are and what you want are all a part of the college journey.”
Advising Interests: Freshman, Sophomore and Transfer students, Non-Traditional Students and Major/Minor/Career Exploration
B.A. with Honors, University of Georgia, Athens, Anthropology
M.A., University of Georgia, Athens, Religion
Beth was raised in Alpharetta, GA. Growing up, she had many experiences traveling abroad, which ultimately inspired a love of archaeology and historic preservation. She attended the University of Georgia, Athens, where she studied abroad in Verona, Italy and received her degree in Anthropology. After working as a field archaeologist in South Carolina, she returned to Athens and received her Master of Arts degree in Religion, concentrating on Islamic Studies. She moved to Philadelphia in 2005 to join Temple’s Department of Religion as a Ph.D. student. After 10 years of teaching, she transitioned into academic advising to continue working with students in helping them take advantage of the many opportunities that Temple offers. Beth enjoys spending time with her loved ones, travelling and exploring bizarre subreddits.
Favorite Books: Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Bulter, The Dirt by Motley Crue
B.A. San Francisco State University, International Relations
M.A. New York University, International Education
Timothy’s goal as an Academic Advisor is to support students in realizing and fulfilling their own educational empowerment. As a first-generation and non-traditional student himself, he values and celebrates the unique path of each and every student. He is a strong advocate for a globalized education, having visited over 35 countries, and served as an International Student Advisor for several years before starting at Temple. After living on the West Coast, Timothy is thrilled to be back in Philadelphia. In his spare time he’s likely rock climbing, hiking, eating good food, or in a yoga class.
Advising Interests: First-generation Students, Non-traditional Students, Transfer Students, International Students
B.A., Temple University, Criminal Justice
M.A., Arcadia University, Elementary Education
PhD, Walden University, Education: Learning, Instruction, and Innovation
Francesca is a Philadelphia native and a proud Temple alum. Francesca received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University and her Master of Arts degree from Arcadia University. Francesca’s doctoral research focused on Early Childhood teacher experiences in Mandarin Chinese language learning classrooms in the United States. Francesca worked as an Elementary School teacher in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Delaware. Francesca also taught Adult Basic Skills as well as Transitional Reading and Writing courses at Camden County College (Camden Campus). Prior to joining the College of Liberal Arts, Francesca worked as an Academic Advisor at Rowan University. Francesca enjoys travelling abroad, learning foreign languages, reading, cooking, and playing with her cats.
Favorite Books: The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua, Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Advising Interests: First generation students, Non-traditional students, Retention
B.A. Hampshire College, Literature/Religion/Writing
M.A. University of California, Santa Cruz, Literature
PhD University of California, Santa Cruz, Literature
Prema grew up in South Jersey with the exception of a 1-year hiatus in Mumbai. She went to Hampshire College in Massachusetts where she wrote her senior project on “Waiting.” From there she crossed the country to northern California, receiving her MA and PhD from UC, Santa Cruz. Her PhD work touched upon pretty much every one of the liberal arts departments: literature, performance, mental health, visual studies, religion etc. etc. She has used her eclectic liberal arts background to teach college, work at a crisis line, develop mental health programming and freelance. She is thrilled to be able to use this medley of experiences to advise the lovely and diverse students in Temple’s College of Liberal Arts. Prema believes that the critical thinking skills and creativity fostered by the liberal arts is crucial to achieving deep social understanding, empathy, and general enlightenment. She likes to be holistic in her advising–taking into account students’ academic and emotional well-being. When she is not writing emails about major requirements and credit hours, Prema likes to have daily existential crises, drink tea, read beautiful writing and occasionally talk to other people.
Favorite Authors: Virginia Woolf, Helen Oyeyemi, Janet Frame, Simone Weil
Advising Interests: Non-traditional Students, Humanities Students, Graduate School Advising
B.A., SUNY Purchase College, Literature & Journalism
M.A. / M.A.T., The University of Iowa, English / English Education
Melanie grew up in the humble city of Rochester, NY. She attended SUNY Purchase College, outside of NYC, for her undergraduate studies, and her love for the written word pushed her to graduate with a double major in literature and journalism. Not long after graduation, she moved to Iowa City, IA to pursue graduate studies, and eventually left the University of Iowa with an MA in English literature and an MAT in English education. These degrees propelled Melanie to India, where she spent six years teaching high school English to students from all over the world at a small international school in the foothills of the Himalayas. Once she returned to the U.S., Melanie transitioned from the classroom to the advising office, where she has the pleasure of serving Temple’s lovely students.
Advising Interests: First-generation Students, Non-traditional Students, Transfer Students, International Students
B.S., Elizabethtown College, Social Studies Secondary Education
M.S.Ed., University of Pennsylvania, Higher Education
Ramon is a native of the Poconos in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Temple University, Ramon worked at Elizabethtown College in the Office of Academic Advising to advise first-year, first-generation college students. Ramon is also the President and Founder of a non-profit based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania that helps first-generation college seeking students to apply and identify colleges and universities that best meet their needs. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in higher education at Temple University. When he is not at work or in the classroom, Ramon enjoys spending time with family, working-out, learning acro-yoga, and going to the beach. Ramon is excited to help students discover more about themselves and their full potential throughout their academic journey at Temple University.
Favorite Books: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Giver by Lois Lowry
Advising Interests: First-generation Student Advising, ROTC and Veterans, Study Abroad affordability, and Career Exploration
B.A., Boston College, Communication
M.Ed., Harvard University, Higher Education Administration
A northern New Jersey native, Liz moved to Philadelphia after spending more than a decade in the Boston area. Liz attended Boston College for her undergraduate degree in Communication. While at BC, Liz studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, which was one of the most memorable and formative experiences of her college years, and she hopes all students will consider studying abroad. After graduating, she first worked in educational travel and then returned to campus life to work in undergraduate student affairs and student conduct at Harvard College. While at Harvard, Liz earned her M.Ed in Higher Education Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. When Liz isn’t at work, you’ll likely find her spending time with family and working on home-improvement projects. Liz is thrilled to be a part of the Temple community and looks forward to helping students reflect on their academic and professional goals.
Favorite Books: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Advising Interests: Academic Planning, Goal Setting, and Career Exploration
BA (Hons) History, University of Essex (2009)
MA History, Old Dominion University (2011)
PhD History, University of Essex (2016)
Dr. Mark Walker is proud to be a gay immigrant to the US from Britain, born and raised in East London. He had gone through three different visas (J-1, F-1 and K-1) before moving to the United States in March 2016. He credits Temple alum Edie Windsor for making it possible; her Supreme Court victory in 2013 allowed his now-husband to finally sponsor him for family immigration. A successful ‘Ph.D. survivor’, Mark spent five years doing all the usual doctoral student activities: reading more than he thought possible, researching at a range of archives and libraries handling documents that were hundreds of years old and sometimes too unique to even touch, attending and presenting at academic conferences, and teaching. He began by teaching American students about European history and then switched to teaching European students about American history. In 2016 he completed and successfully defended his magnum opus ‘The Melancholy Pompous Sight’: Royal Deaths and the Politics of Ritual in the Late Stuart Monarchy, c. 1685-1714, and received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Essex. After moving to Philadelphia, he briefly taught at Drexel University before coming to Temple in 2017.
Favorite Quote: “Bart, don’t make fun of graduate students. They just made a terrible life choice.” - Marge Simpson
Favorite Books: Hero by Perry Moore, Simon vs. The Homo-Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Advising Interests: International Students, History Majors/Minors, Graduate School Planning, Academic Careers, LGBT Students