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Pre-Advising for Transfer and Adult Students

In order to provide transfer students with the best possible advising experience, the College of Arts and Sciences prefers to schedule individual appointments for advising prior to your scheduled orientation session. If you are unable to schedule an appointment prior to attending orientation, you can meet with an advisor during orientation.

This advising opportunity is in no way a substitution for orientation and is only an option once you have fully registered for your orientation session.  Information on how to schedule your advising appointment is available at the bottom of this webpage.

Competitive Programs

You have been admitted into the College of Arts and Sciences. If you have plans to enter a college with a competitive program (Nursing, Engineering, Architecture, etc.), please be sure to contact that college about outstanding requirements needed to reapply. In the meantime, we ask that you identify an Arts and Sciences major that you and your advisor can plan for simultaneously.

College Curriculum

Below you will find the requirements of the Arts and Sciences curriculum, as determined by the faculty of the college. Specifics regarding each of these requirements can be found by clicking on the links below. Each of these college requirements must be completed to earn a degree from the College of Arts and Sciences.


  • First Year English Composition
  • Communicating Through Writing
  • Communicating Orally
  • Quantitative Reasoning


  • Arts and Humanities
  • Natural Science
  • Social Science
  • Foreign Language
  • Non U.S. History
  • Global Challenges


Students may satisfy the Connections requirement in one of three ways:

  • Completion of nine credits of study abroad coursework
  • Completion of a minor or second major
  • Completion of nine credit hours drawn from one of the Connections Packages

Major Requirements

You can find the specific requirements for your major in the online catalog.

Signing Up for Your Advising Appointment

After you have registered for an orientation session, please download, complete, and submit the Arts and Sciences Transfer Pre-advising Form.

Once you have submitted this form, we will reach out to you with potential dates to come in for an advising appointment.  All advising appointments will be in-person.  If you are unable to be present in Knoxville prior to your advising appointment, we will see you for advising during your scheduled orientation session.

Please note that you will need to have Adobe Acrobat on your computer to download and complete this form. If you do not already have the software, you can download it here for free: This is a PDF form, so once you download and complete it, you can click the “Submit Form” button at the top of the page. You will be prompted to include your name and email address. You will receive a copy of your completed form via email if it was submitted properly (this could take approximately 15 minutes).