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Advising and Student Services

Contact Information

Shari Ayers
Director of Student Services
Email: ayerss@ohio.edu
Office phone:

Phyllis Lanier
Academic Success Advisor
Email: hughesp@ohio.edu
Office phone:

Jaime Cox
Advising and Retention Specialist, Student Services

Cindy L. Mayle
Administrative Specialist/Cashier
Email: maylec@ohio.edu
Office phone: 740-681-3311

Financial Aid

Martha Tanedo, Assistant Director of Regional Financial Aid, RHE Student Services
Primary at Chillicothe and Lancaster
Secondary at Southern, Zanesville, Eastern
tanedo@ohio.edu | 740-774-7733

Vicki DeLucas, Assistant Director of Regional Financial Aid, RHE Student Services
Primary at Zanesville and Eastern
Secondary at Lancaster, Chillicothe, Southern
delucas@ohio.edu | 740-588-1441

Jacki Adkins, Assistant Director of Regional Financial Aid, RHE Student Services
Primary at Southern
Secondary at Chillicothe, Lancaster, Zanesville, Eastern
adkinsj@ohio.edu | 740-533-4603


Ohio University Lancaster Campus has a number of advisors to help students navigate their way through their education.  These advisors have knowledge of the courses required for the degree programs they advise, knowledge of the Course Offerings, and knowledge of outside resources (i.e., tutoring, career counseling, etc.).  As a result, they are instrumental in helping students successfully plan their academic program, review course selections, and monitor and evaluate progress toward their educational goals.

Advisors are also available to assist students with any difficulties or obstacles they may encounter (i.e., academic difficulties, goal setting, referrals for personal problems, etc.).

If you need assistance, contact Student Services at 740-681-3311.

Ohio University Lancaster Campus
Student Services Office
1570 Granville Pike
Lancaster, OH 43130

Choosing a Major

You are not alone if you are an "Undecided" student. Twenty-five percent of OHIO students begin as undecided. It is okay to be undecided;  however, it takes time to collect the information to make a careful choice of major.  Additionally, it's difficult to stay motivated to go to class and earn the best possible grades if you don't have a clear goal.  This is why the Student Services staff at Ohio University Lancaster encourages you to begin the process of research and self-reflection early and throughout your academic career. 

Frequently Asked Questions


General Advising Guidelines
  • Meet with your academic advisor regularly
  • Utilize faculty office hours
  • Make appointments in advance- don’t wait until the last minute-then put the appointment on your calendar and don’t forget it!  Cancel in advance if you are unable to attend.
  • Turn off your cell phone
  • Bring specific questions and prepare for your appointment
  • Do not expect your advisor to choose your courses
When to meet with your advisor?
  • Scheduling Classes
  • Academic Concerns
Why should I meet with my advisor?

Academic advising is a central part of your education experience at Ohio University.  Your advisor will not choose courses for you, but will assist you in planning a course of study, in preparing an appropriate schedule of classes each semester to fulfill your academic plan.

Priority Registration Hold

All undergraduate students have a priority registration advising hold placed on their account each semester, which will be released by your assigned advisor at your advising appointment.

What to bring to advising appointment?
  • Current Degree Audit Report (DARS)
  • Tentative Schedule
  • Questions
Who to see for advising

Your assigned advisor:  Your assigned advisor may be found in your Student Center.

How to Schedule an Appointment with an Advisor

Faculty Advisors

Faculty schedule their own appointments.  You may find faculty contact information in the Faculty and Staff Directory

Student Services Advisors

To schedule an appointment, please call Student Services at 740.681-3311 or appointments may be made in person at the Student Services’ front desk.

  • Shari Ayers (CCP)
  • Phyllis Lanier
  • Jaime Cox
How to declare a major?

Transfer requirements are subject to change. Contact the college or school office, or check their website for the most up-to-date information. If your major program is listed as undecided and you wish to declare a major, or if you would like to change your major, you will need to visit the college in which the major is offered to see if you meet entry requirements.

The Undergraduate Catalog is where you can read more about requirements for particular majors.

How do I change my major?

To update or change your major, please complete the form online:

Change of Major Form

What is a DARS?

DARS stands for “Degree Audit Reporting System”. The DARS is a checklist which outlines the required courses for a degree.  The DARS is specific to each student, so you should not follow a DARS printed for someone else. DARS are updated every semester.

DARS reports can be found in your Student Center under “Student Services Links”

How do I get a DARS report? 

See Here

What is a "What-If" DARS?

Often students want to know what courses they would need to complete if they changed their major. If you want to explore other majors and see how your completed/current coursework fits into the new major, you can run a “What-if” DARS for the new major. What-if DARS are available under “Student Services Links”. “What-if” DARS do not officially change your major.

What classes do I take if I'm Undecided major?

As an undecided student, you will take general education courses applicable to the Ohio University General Education Graduation Requirements. Ohio University believes that, as an educated person, you need certain intellectual skills in order to participate effectively in society. These include the ability to:

  • Build connections between yourself and others through teamwork and intercultural knowledge
  • Reason quantitatively, critically, and ethically
  • Integrate learning between knowledge and experience
  • Communicate effectively in writing and speech
  • Know the materials and methods of inquiry in arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences
  • Synthesize skills and knowledge across the curriculum

To help you meet these objectives, Ohio University has instituted a five-category general education requirement known as BRICKS. Courses offer learning opportunities to achieve breadth of knowledge and common goals learning outcomes. All baccalaureate degree students (except those in Honors Tutorial College) must complete Ohio University’s BRICKS requirements.

How is my GPA calculated?

The basis for determining a student’s scholastic standing is the grade point average (GPA). You can use the GPA Calculator to see your projected semester and cumulative GPA. 

This average is determined by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of semester hours of credit attempted. For example, if a student earned a C (2.0) and a B (3.0) in each of two three–hour courses, first multiply the number of hours in each course by the grade point value for that grade (3 x 2 = 6 and 3 x 3 = 9) and add the grade points for each course together to find the total number of grade points (15). Then add the number of hours attempted (3 + 3 = 6) and divide the total number of grade points by the total hours attempted (15/6 = 2.5). The student’s GPA after completing the two classes would be 2.5. A student’s GPA is figured only on credit hours attempted—courses for which the student receives letter grades (A–F), FN (failure, never attended), or FS (failure, stopped attending). FN and FS have the same value as an F. Grades of P (pass) and CR (credit) represent hours earned but are not used to calculate the GPA.