College of Arts & Sciences Academic Advising




 Wintermester & Spring 2021 Pre-Advising

Attention Juniors and Seniors! Pre-advising for Wintermester & Spring 2021 begins on Friday, October 16, and ends on Friday, October 30, 2020. For advising process details, please check your Dusty e-mail account for a message from your assigned advisor.

Spring 2021 Registration 

Registration for Spring 2021 opens on Monday, November 2, 2020. For registration dates and criteria, please visit https://www.tamiu.edu/registrar/registration.shtml.

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Mission Statement:

The College of Arts and Sciences’ Academic Success Coaches empower students to achieve their educational goals in an environment of high academic standards. We guide, encourage, challenge,and support a diverse student population while they explore, establish, and fulfill their academic and career goals. Ultimately, we strive to foster the personal growth and academic success of our students.

Academic Advising Services:

  • Accurate advising on degree requirements and thorough degree evaluations.
  • Semester-by-semester graduation plan.
  • Guidance on program changes (major and/or minor); career options; academic standing
    (academic probation/suspension).
  • GPA calculation.
  • Approval of restricted courses, course substitution requests, prerequisite waiver requests, etc.
  • Assistance with Financial Aid appeals.
  • Referrals to appropriate faculty and campus services and resources.

 Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand degree program requirements, configuration, and contribution of components to degree plan (e.g., core curriculum, major, minor, additional requirements, etc.)
  • Understand university policies, regulations, and procedures.
  • Understand how to complete degree requirements and develop a plan for successful and timely completion.
  • Identify campus resources that assist with reaching academic and personal goals, and identify appropriate campus contacts.
  • Recognize and understand higher education terminology/lingo commonly used at the university.
  • Develop problem-solving, decision-making, and evaluation skills pertaining to degree planning and academic progress.




  • Email, phone, or Webex are methods of virtual appointments. This is something that has to be selected when creating an appointment through booking.

  • If a Webex call is requested the student will receive a link to the chat room the day of the scheduled appointment

  • Virtual advising appointment typically lasts 20 minutes.

  • Registration recommendations are based on your degree plans and the published schedule.

  • We will use our time together to be able to accommodate you in the classes you need based on your degree plan.

  • We will use the last 5 to 10 minutes of your advising time to document the key points discussed as well as send you a follow up email concerning the recommendations and decisions about your classes for the upcoming semesters.

  • Should you require a follow-up appointment please be sure to reschedule to meet with an advisor.


Academic Success Coaches


As of Spring 2020 all students are assigned a designated advisor. Verification of your assigned advisor is visible on Degreeworks or by emailing us at COASadvisors@tamiu.edu

Please note: All advisors are assisting students virtually via email, phone, and Webex. 
All appointments available are based on Central Time. Please do not change time zone settings while scheduling an advising appointment.





  • Forms to be uploaded soon. 




Laredo Early Acceptance Program (LEAP)

LEAP is a partnership between UT Health San Antonio and Texas A&M International University where students complete their Bachelor of Science degree from TAMIU and gain early acceptance to a School of Health Professions (SHP) graduate or doctoral program.

SHP Programs:

  • Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies
  • Master of Science in Respiratory Care
  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Earn a minimum Overall GPA of 3.2 and Overall Science GPA of 3.2 at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU).
  • Complete 24 semester credit hours, including 12 semester credit hours in specific science and math prerequisite courses at TAMIU during the first year of enrollment.
  • Complete 20 hours of working, volunteering, shadowing, or observing in a health care setting corresponding to the selected graduate program. **Shadowing is waived for 2021 entry due to COVID.

Please refer to the following documents for further details:

LEAP Instructions 2020-2021

LEAP Application 2020-2021

SHP Program Prerequisites

Application Cycle:

  • Fall semester: CLOSED
  • Spring Semester: January 15 – April 15, 2021

For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Kidd, Associate Professor and Biology & Chemistry Department Chair, at michael.kidd@tamiu.edu, or Gloria Y. Perez, Academic Success Coach, at gloria.perez@tamiu.edu



  • What is an Academic Success Coach?

Academic Success Coachers are like Academic Advisors, who are professional staff members dedicated to student success. They focus on providing academic advising by assisting students plan and fulfill their college career. They additionally inform students on university policies and student resources while helping students develop essential decision-making and problem-solving skills.

  • Who is my assigned advisor?

Assigned advisors are label accordingly on DegreeWorks, which can be access on UConnect under the Records & Registration tab.

  • How do I know what my classification is?



  • November 2: Registration opens for Wintermester and Spring 2021.
  • November 19: Last day to drop a course or withdraw from the University.
  • November 25: Last Class Day
  • November 26 – November 28: Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 1 – 7: Final exams period. All exams will be online.
  • December 10: Official Graduation Day for Fall 2020 Graduates. No Commencement Exercises.
  • December 15: Final grades posted on UConnect for student’s view.
  • January 8: Diploma and transcripts available for Fall 2020 graduates.

If you are transferring from another institution to TAMIU, welcome to the Dustdevil family! Please be sure to have followed the admissions process prior to seeking advising services. For detailed information, please visit the Transfer Admissions website at https://www.tamiu.edu/prospect/transfer.shtml

TAMIU COAS Virtual Transfer Fair 

In collaboration with the Office of Recruitment and School Relations, the COAS Academic Success Coaches host a series of virtual transfer fairs to ensure students receive guidance while transitioning to the University. Transfer fair dates for the upcoming Spring 2021 semester are to be determined.


College of Arts & Sciences - Office of the Dean 
5201 University Boulevard, Academic Innovation Center 373, Laredo, TX 78041-1900 
Phone:956-326-2462| Fax:956-326-2459| E-mail: coas@tamiu.edu