Frequently Asked Questions
Academic advising includes:
- learning about your degree and university requirements.
- learning how to use advising tools and resources.
- planning additional educational opportunities to help you meet your academic and career goals.
- planning your classes to stay on track for graduation.
- discussing questions and concerns you have throughout the semester.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) policy on advising requires that first- and second-year students meet with their academic advisors prior to each semester’s enrollment. That means you need to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to select courses for the upcoming semester. Your advisor will reset your advising hold after your appointment so that you can register for classes. Meeting with your advisor every semester helps keep you on track for meeting your graduation goal.
Exploratory students, Bachelor of General Studies students, and first- and second-year Criminal Justice students work with professional advisors in the CLAS Advising Center. Students in all other majors are paired with faculty advisors in their major. CLAS students on academic probation will work with a professional probation advisor in addition to their major advisors.
You can use this app on One.IU to find out who your advisor is. If you know who your advisor is, please make an appointment with them using the Student Appointment Scheduler or contact them directly by e-mail.
First talk to your advisor about your plans. Make sure you are well informed about the requirements for your intended major. If possible, talk to a faculty member in the field you intend to major in.
Once you have decided to declare a new major, you can drop your previous major (if you have one) and add a new major using this online form for adding or dropping majors, minors and certificates.
First, talk to your advisor about whether grade replacement is right for you. Once you have decided to apply for grade replacement, you can read details of the Grade Replacement Policy and submit an application using our online Grade Replacement Application Form.
Academic advising from professional and faculty advisors is a very important aspect of a successful college experience. Sometimes students think that friends, family members and classmates are a good source of academic advising only to later discover that the advice from these sources was not accurate or not complete. Academic advisors, on the other hand, stay up to date with all the degree programs, services, and opportunities available on campus.