Every college and university does things a little differently, so regardless if you’re a recent high school graduate, you’re transferring in from another institution, or if you’re coming to us later in life, we want to make sure you have the information you’ll need to be successful here at UT Southern!
Reading Your Class Schedule
Click here to see what a typical class schedule looks like.
Abbreviations for Class Meeting Days
- M = Monday
- T = Tuesday
- W = Wednesday
- R = Thursday
- F = Friday
Abbreviations for Buildings & Class Locations
- J = Johnston Hall
- M = Martin Hall
- A = Andrews Science Building
- GFA = Gault Fine Arts Building
- CAC = Curry Athletic Complex (gym)
- N/A = online course
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Abbreviations for Course Type
- LEC = Lecture (a standard classroom setting)
- LAB = Lab (a more hands-on setting)
- HON = Honors course
Abbreviations for Academic Departments
- ART = ART
- BIO = BIOLOGY
- BUS = BUSINESS
- CHE = CHEMISTRY
- COMM = COMMUNICATION
- CJ = CRIMINAL JUSTICE
- DRA = DRAMA
- EDU = EDUCATION
- ENG = ENGLISH
- FLG = FOREIGN LANGUAGE
- FYE = FIRST YEAR SEMINAR
- HIS = HISTORY
- HON = HONORS
- HPPE = HUMAN PERFORMANCE & PHYSICAL EDUCATION
- HUM = HUMANITIES
- ID = INTERDEPARTMENTAL
- LBA = LIBERAL ARTS
- LIB = LIBRARY SCIENCE
- MIS = MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
- MAT = MATHEMATICS
- MUS = MUSIC
- MUA = APPLIED MUSIC COURSES
- NUR = NURSING – PRE-LICENSURE BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM
- PHY = PHYSICAL SCIENCE
- PHY = PHYSICS
- POLS = POLITICAL SCIENCE
- PSY = PSYCHOLOGY
- REL = RELIGION
- SOW = SOCIAL WORK
- SOC = SOCIOLOGY
- SPM = SPORT MANAGEMENT
- SUST = SUSTAINABILITY
- TUT = TUTOR TRAINING PRACTICUM
Getting Help with Class Schedules or Advising
The Registrar’s Office is the office where all class schedules are set, degrees are checked, and advising is overseen. If you need any help with your class schedule or degree, the staff members below would love to assist. To visit in person, head up the main stairs in Colonial Hall and the offices will be to your left!
Dr. Chris Mattingly, Registrar
Casey Capps, Director of Academic Advising
Matthew Little, Student Success Coordinator
College Vocabulary 101
A member of the faculty who will help a student plan his or her program of study each semester.
A student’s academic status. To be considered in “good” academic standing, a student must maintain a minimum grade-point average that increases with the number of credits completed. A student whose average falls below the minimum will be required to reduce his or her schedule (i.e. take fewer courses each semester) until that minimum is reached.
The office that manages the financial affairs of the University. Our Bursar’s Office handles all questions about tuition, fees, payments, payment plans, etc.
The University’s student information and registration system. CAMS allows students to view their academic and financial records/
The official publication of the University which lists the faculty, programs, course descriptions, college regulations, and requirements for graduation, and can be accessed online here.
An honor conferred upon students in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement. To qualify a student must be a full-time student with a semester GPA of 3.90.
Code of Conduct
Guidelines and rules for student behavior on and off campus. The Code is available in the Student Handbook, and a physical copy of the Code can be picked up in the Guthrie Student Life Center.
A course that must be taken at the same time (in the same semester) as another course.
A unit of study that is the equivalent of 2.5 hours lecture and 6 hours homework/studying per week in a typical 15 week semester. A bachelors degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours.
The courses and grade-point average required for graduation from the University.
Paperwork required for a student to drop, add, or change a course after the Drop/Add period is over. This form can be obtained from and is processed by the Registrar’s Office, and must be accompanied by a fee of $25.00. Students must have the form signed by their academic advisor.
A time (usually the first week of the semester) when students may make changes in their academic schedules without academic penalty.
A course that a student chooses to take in fulfillment of his or her degree requirements outside of the required courses for that major. Almost every curriculum has some electives.
A student who is enrolled for at least twelve credit hours a semester.
Grade-Point Average (GPA)
A student’s academic average.
A “freeze” imposed on the records of students who owe a balance or who have failed to comply with a University policy or regulation. Students with a hold cannot register for courses, request a transcript to be sent, or receive a diploma.
A program of enriched classes in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and other subjects. Honors classes are open to incoming freshmen who achieve at least a 25 ACT score and a minimum 3.0 GPA in high school. Honors classes are also open to UT Southern students if they have a cumulative 3.0 GPA after their first semester of at least 15 hours at UT Southern. Students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in order to continue in the Honors Program.
A requirement of students to provide proof of immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella. Students who do not demonstrate recommended positive test results may be required to repeat the required immunizations.
A temporary grade assigned to a student when, at semester’s end, certain course requirements have yet to be fulfilled. The Incomplete grade is assigned at the discretion of the instructor. To earn credit for the course and receive a final grade, students must complete and submit the missing work within the first four weeks of the following semester of enrollment. An Incomplete changes to a Failure (F) if the work is not completed by this deadline.
A work experience for students that also earns course credit.
A link to a variety of web-based applications and services (including student email) used by UT Southern students. Moodle is also referred to as “Online Learning.”
Times that faculty are available in their offices to meet with students. Full-time faculty hold office hours each week.
A student who is registered for 1-11 credit hours a semester.
A course that must be successfully completed before a student can enroll in another, usually more advanced, class.
An academic limitation placed upon students with unsatisfactory grades. More details are available under “Academic Probation, Suspension, and Readmission” in the Catalog.
An honor conferred upon students in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement. To qualify a student must be a full-time student with a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher, with no grade of “F” (Failure) or “I” (Incomplete).
A term of the school year, approximately fifteen weeks. At UT Southern, the fall semester begins in mid-August and ends in December; the spring semester begins in late January and ends in late April or early May. See the Academic Calendar for specific dates.
A term of study during which students may earn college credits. There are two summer sessions at UT Southern. See the Academic Calendar for specific dates.
S1 / S2
An accelerated term of study during either the fall or spring semester that run 6-7 weeks. See the Academic Calendar for specific dates.
A disciplinary action taken by the University against a student for violations of the Code of Conduct or for continued unsatisfactory grades. More details are available under “Academic Probation, Suspension, and Readmission” in the Catalog.
A document that lists a course’s requirements (readings, exams, due dates for projects, etc.) as well as the professor’s name, telephone number, email address, and office hours. Most faculty distribute their syllabus (sometimes known as a course outline) at the first or second class meeting.
A list of the courses a student has taken at the College and the grades he or she has received in them. Students can request a copy of their transcript online.
A grade assigned to a student when he or she elects not to complete a course, which is treated as though the student had never enrolled in the course; however, the course still counts toward attempted hours. To receive a “W” grade, a student must file a Drop form with the Registrar’s Office. Depending upon when the withdrawal process is initiated, the instructor’s signature may also be required.
- WP — A grade assigned to a student who withdrew from the course after the deadline, whose course work was of passing quality at the time of withdrawal.
- WF — A grade assigned to a student who withdrew from the course after the deadline, whose course work was not of passing quality at the time of withdrawal.
A federally-funded program that provides students part-time jobs on campus. Work Study money is a part of a student’s financial aid package, and students must earn the amount awarded to them. To be eligible to receive a work study award, students must have filled out the FAFSA online form. Work Study awards can be declined, and the student can choose instead to make up that amount through loans, savings or a non-work-study job, among other options. More information is online.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I log in to my UT Southern Account?
- Get your credentials. Credentials are your Student ID Number, Username, and temporary Password. Your credentials are securely emailed to you before Orientation. If have already attended Orientation and didn’t receive them, please let us know!
- Student ID Numbers usually look like: M0000009999
- Usernames usually look like: asmith9999 (Usernames are also your email address, i.e. email@example.com)
- Visit the student mobile portal to access your accounts!
When does school start?
Our start date for Fall 2023 is August 23, 2023 for regular courses. First Year Experience classes, as well as night and Masters-level courses, start earlier in the week. You can find our Academic Calendar here with more details!
What shots do I need before I start school?
Different students have different immunization requirements, detailed here.
The University of Tennessee Southern does not require COVID-19 antibody testing or vaccination for enrollment.
Does UT Southern have a study abroad and/or off campus programs?
Yes! We offer study abroad programs throughout Europe, as well as South America. Talk to your Academic Advisor to see if studying abroad is right for you!
What kind of job opportunities are available for students on campus?
There are numerous opportunities for students to work on campus and earn extra money to pay for personal and academic expenses throughout the year. Students can quality for Federal or State work-study positions, as well as other on-campus jobs like lifeguarding at our pool, serving through the Dining Hall, working at The Martin (Giles County’s only movie theater, right here on campus!), or working directly for our maintenance, media, or athletic crews. Contact Career Services to learn more!
How do I get my textbooks?
Textbooks can be bought online through the University of Tennessee Southern Bookstore. Students can provide the bookstore with their class schedules and receive assistance retrieving the correct textbook!
How do I receive on-campus tutoring?
Students are encouraged to visit the Student Resource Center which is located in the Student Union building. Students are able to make appointments for tutoring in any subject throughout the day
Is there a medical clinic on campus?
Yes, UT Southern has a professionally-staffed, on-campus medical clinic that operates free of charge to all students! The Clinic is open throughout the week. Medical emergencies will be directed to the Giles County hospital.
Is there a counselor on campus I can book appointments with?
Yes, UT Southern employs a licensed counselor through the Clinic and also contacts with a local psychiatric nurse practitioner within walking distance of campus. Students are able to set up free, confidential appointments with either counselor throughout the week. Text 844-986-6946 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment, either in-person or virtually! More information is here.
What is provided in a dorm room?
Each room in both women and mens residential halls is equipped with heating and hair conditioning, internet, and access to free washer/dryers. Rooms also include a bed, dresser, desk, chair, and closet. Check out the New Resident section of the Residential Life page for more info.
Can I bring my own wifi router?
Unfortunately, students are not allowed to bring their own wifi routers. Wifi is supplied by the IT department.
What should I bring if I am living in a residence hall?
Students are encouraged to bring bedding, bathroom necessities, shower caddy, shower shoes, microwave, mini-fridge, school supplies, laundry detergent, and clothes hangers. Microwaves and refrigerators are optional as one of each is provided in the dorm kitchen. A good list of what to bring is here!
What should I bring if I am living in an on campus apartment?
Students are encouraged to bring bedding, bathroom necessities, shower caddy, shower curtain, trash can (for both bathroom and kitchen), laundry detergent, clothes hangers, and kitchenware. Microwaves and refrigerators are supplied within the apartment.
What are visitation hours?
Visitation hours in the residence halls are from 10am-12am. Visitation hours in the on-campus apartments are 10am-2am. Overnight guests must be requested 24 hours in advance through your residential director and must be the same sex as the resident.
We are so very excited to have you as part of the FireHawk family, so please let us know if you have any questions or need any help with this process at all!
Sarah Catherine Richardson, Dean of Students: email@example.com | 931-424-4073