Our Advice Guide to Getting An Advising Appointment
The demand for academic advising increases as registration for the next semester approaches. Advisors have limited appointments and if I could offer any advice in this regard, it is to schedule your appointment in advance. One intern remembers being in a panic when she saw that the next available appointment wasn’t for a month out. What is available though is drop-in advising for quick questions or pressing issues that can’t wait, you will usually get about 10 minutes. This is on a first-come, first-serve basis and, although there may be a longer wait time, general questions can be resolved. There is a specific window of time for this and it varies depending on the major, so make sure to check on the website first. If your advisor does not have any available appointments or you are not sure who your advisor is, call the University Division office at 812-855-6768 during regular business hours.
Some students claim to have had some horrendous experiences in some departments so when you go in, I can’t stress enough how important it is to be prepared and have plenty of time to wait. Make sure to have specific questions ready and be honest about your situation. Make use of your advisor as a resource, but also look into alternatives and options yourself. There are lists of courses available on the website and you can apply selected filters such as this example for liberal studies. There is also an academic map for any planned major where a student can check their own progress.
Another resource is the academic requirements report. It is an online degree audit that allows undergraduates to see how each course meets various degree requirements. To access this tool, just log into the IU website. While you’re responsible for making your own academic choices, it is important to meet with your advisor at least once a semester if not more to review your academic plans and make sure you’re on track for graduation.
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