If you recently changed to a major in CAES, you will receive your new advisor assignment in SAGE in two business days. If you are new to UGA, you will be advised and cleared to register at orientation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Director of Academic Advising.
At UGA, academic advising is a mandatory and essential part of the undergraduate educational experience.
CAES offers a unique two-tiered approach to advising. Each student has an academic advisor and a faculty mentor.
Academic advisors coach students in course selection, schedule planning, preparing to apply for professional programs, and other academic issues. In short, advisors are there to help ensure you meet all of the requirements for graduation.
Faculty mentors provide advice on internships, research opportunities, career planning, and graduate school. They have first-hand experience in your field of interest and can offer valuable insights as you prepare for work or school after graduation.
Students are expected to be full participants in academic advising and thus to be both prepared for and engaged in the advising experience. The academic landscape is always subject to change, and although advisors can provide advice, each student is ultimately responsible for knowing and understanding the degree requirements and policies related to their own academic progress.
All students are required to meet with an academic advisor every semester. Your advisor will notify you when it is time to schedule an appointment. Log into SAGE to schedule your appointment.
Get the most out of your appointment by coming prepared. Review your DegreeWorks audit, course descriptions and the schedule of classes, and make a list of possible classes you would like to take along with any questions you have for your advisor. During your appointment, you and your advisor will review your progress and work together to create a plan for the upcoming semester(s). Advisors can also direct you to additional resources on campus as needed. At the end of your appointment, you will have access to an academic plan in DegreeWorks, and your academic advisement hold will be removed.
If you have any questions about scheduling an appointment, contact your academic advisor or the Director of Academic Advising.
Advisors are available by email for follow-up questions. If you wish to speak in person, check with your advisor to see what their walk-in policy is or whether or not they have set office hours. This varies by advisor.
Advisors by Campus
|Agricultural and Applied Economics||Whitney Jones
|Agricultural Communication||Mary Formo|
|Agricultural Education||Mary Formo|
|Agriscience and Environmental Systems||Mary Formo|
|Animal Health||Devin Duggan|
|Animal Science||Afton Hartzog|
|Applied Biotechnology||Devin Duggan|
|Avian Biology||Devin Duggan|
|Biological Science (Last names A-H)||Kelsey Witherington|
|Biological Science (Last names I-Z)||Renay Berger|
|Dairy Science||Afton Hartzog|
|Environmental Economics and Management||Whitney Jones
|Environmental Resource Science||Mary Formo|
|Food Science||Kelsey Witherington|
|Hospitality and Food Industry Management||Whitney Jones|
|Poultry Science||Devin Duggan|
|Turfgrass Management||Mary Formo|
|Water and Soil Resources||Mary Formo|
Faculty mentors are assigned based on research interests and availability. In some departments, meeting with a faculty mentor is required; in others, it is optional. Your academic advisor will let you know what is required in your department and can help you connect with a faculty mentor.