Advising Resources and FAQ

The academic advising experience in the School of Economics (SOE) is personal - it is a relationship in which both the advisor and the student contribute.  The goal of Academic Advising is to provide a supportive and challenging environment in which students can explore academic and career options, discuss personal concerns, and effectively construct an experience at Georgia Tech that helps achieve personal, academic, and professional goals.

Students in the School of Economics can expect respect and individual attention from the Academic Advisor and SOE Staff.  In return, students are expected to keep appointments, follow up on suggested resources, and arrive prepared for meetings.  Students must arrange at least one advising appointment per year to ensure that all requirements are being met.  Together, we can maximize the student experience here at Georgia Tech and the School of Economics.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know my academic standing?

Students can review their academic standing via DegreeWorks.

Why do I need to meet with my advisor?

Advising sessions are vital to your success at Georgia Tech.  The SOE Advisors are not only knowledgeable about rules and procedures, but also about the proper courses students need to take to fulfill academic and career goals. The School of Economics is dedicated to offering students the best advising, and we hope that our undergraduate and graduate students will take advantage of the many resources available to make their time at Georgia Tech the best it can be. 

How do I know who my advisor is?

If you are an Undergraduaute ECON major or Master student, your advisor is Dr. Whitney Buser. If you are EIA and GEML, your main advisors are Mrs. Stephanie Jackson and Dr. Mirla Gonzalez in the Schools of International Affairs and Modern Languages, respectively. Dr. Aselia Urmanbetova advises students minoring in Economics and EIA and GEML majors on questions relating to Econ courses. Drs. Buser and Urmanbetova are here to help you with:

  • Initial Academic Counseling
  • Registration
  • Drop/Add Courses
  • Prerequisite Overrides
  • Degree Petitions
  • Petitions to the Faculty
  • Internships
  • Career Counseling
  • Study Abroad
  • International Plan
  • Transfer of Credits
  • Advancing Standing Examinations
  • Research Option
  • Advanced Academic Counseling
  • Advanced Career Counseling

Students enrolled in the Ph.D. program should make an appointment with Tibor Besedes for any issues beyond the ones listed above.

How can I set up an appointment with my advisor?

All students should contact their advisor directly via email. 

When do I get to register for courses?

Registration begins first with graduate students, then seniors, juniors, sophomores, and freshmen.  All incoming freshmen and transfer students will register during their FASET orientation.  For registration dates for the upcoming semester, please see the Georgia Tech Academic Calendar.

How do I register for courses?

Students are assigned a specific time slot during which they can register each semester called a time ticket. Students may access the "Add/Drop Classes" option only during their time ticket.  In order to access registration during the specified time, please follow these steps:

  1. Log into Buzzport
  2. On the Home tab, locate the "Registration and Student Services" channel
  3. Select the "Registration - OSCAR" link
  4. Select "Student Services & Financial Aid"
  5. Select "Registration"
  6. Select "Term"
  7. Select "Add/Drop Classes"

Once classes have been selected, those classes will appear in the "Class Registered Successfully" section.  Additional classes may be added by entering the Course Reference Number (CRN) in the "Add Class" table. Classes may be removed by using the pull-down box next to the desired course.  When add/removes are complete, press the "Submit Changes" button. 

How do I see what classes are being offered in a semester?

Students may view a list of available courses by pressing the "Class Search" button.  This will return sections that meet the student's specified criteria. 

How do I know that I have been registered successfully?

Once the student has registered for one or more courses, their current schedule will appear. Any courses that were requested, but not successfully registered, will be listed below with an error message that is clearly marked with a stop sign.  After registration is completed, students may view their finalized schedule by using either the "Student Schedule by Day and Time" option or the "Student Detail Schedule" option.

What does my registration error mean?

For a list of common registration error messages and solutions, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

How do I receive an Overload or Permit?

Overload requests are submitted through OSCAR.  Please note that no overloads will be given for ECON 2100, 2105, or 2106 until all seats are filled in all sections.

  1. Log into OSCAR using your GT ID and PIN
  2. Select "Student Services & Financial Aid"
  3. Select "Registration"
  4. Select "Registration Override Request"

For overloads, we also suggest checking the course availability frequently on OSCAR, as many students drop and add courses during the registration period.

How do I transfer credit from another university?

All requests for substitution of a core course with a course taught outside the School of Economics will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The content and rigor of the substitute course taken outside the School of Economics must be at a level similar to that of the core course taught at the School of Economics. Such requests will be considered and approved or denied by the Director of Undergraduate Programs.  Please read the Georgia Tech Transfer Credit Policy for more detailed information.

Please note that no online courses will be accepted for transfer of credit.  Courses from another institution and/or AP and IB tests that have been previously approved by Georgia Tech are listed in the Transfer Equivalency Catalog.

How do I get help if I am struggling with a course?

Georgia Tech Success Programs offers academic support to assist you in exploring your full potential as you develop into a lifelong learner. You can choose from a variety of programs including 1-to-1 Tutoring, Peer-Led Undergraduate Study (PLUS) Sessions, and Academic Coaching. These programs are committed to:

  • Help undergraduates develop transferable academic and interpersonal skills
  • Assist students in the transition to college-level work and the highly competitive and academically rigorous environment of Georgia Tech
  • Encourage students to take an active role in their learning
  • Provide leadership opportunities for undergraduates interested in helping their fellow students
  • Create an inclusive, non-threatening environment where students are encouraged to explore their academic questions and concerns
  • Facilitate opportunities for students to develop and practice critical thinking skills
  • Promote high standards of academic integrity and personal responsibility
  • Increase undergraduate student retention and success without compromising academic standards

The Center for Academic Success is located in the G. Way Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, Suite 283.