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Advising at The University of Iowa


The Academic Advising Center provides professional academic advising to virtually all entering College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) first-year students, some entering CLAS transfers, open majors, pre-professional students, non-degree/special status students, and entering students in the IowaLink Program. Entering students with declared majors in Engineering, Speech Pathology and Audiology, and Physics and Astronomy are assigned to advisers in their major department. However, all students are welcome to contact the Academic Advising Center with questions.

Academic advising begins with orientation and continues through a series of meetings each semester during the student's first year. Students are assigned to an academic adviser depending on the student's area of interest and the adviser's area of expertise. Academic advising is mandatory at Iowa, which means that students must meet with their academic adviser or faculty adviser before registering for classes. Meetings with an adviser are confidential and are designed to provide students with the information needed for a successful academic career.


What does an Academic Adviser do?


Academic advisers provide intensive advising support through regular contact with their advisees. Advisers help students explore various fields of interest, select a specific academic major, research career options that relate to their programs, and develop plans of study appropriate for their educational goals. They also refer students to other campus offices for assistance in academic, personal, and career counseling; academic skills development; and financial aid.

Visit your adviser when you:

  • have questions about majors, minors, certificate programs.
  • want to plan a schedule for the next semester or create an academic plan for your major.
  • have questions about the registration process.
  • are preparing to register for the next semester. Students must meet with an adviser to be cleared for registration.
  • have questions about anything on campus from "How to drop or add classes" to "Where can I get career information?"
  • are having academic difficulties.
  • need someone to talk to about personal issues.




Students are considered adults when they come to The University of Iowa. As adults, their right to confidentiality is insured through a federal law, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), commonly called the Buckley Amendment. This means that the Advising Center, as well as other offices on campus, cannot disclose any academic or personal information about a student to anyone unless the student has given written permission to do so. For more information about this issue, contact the
Office of the Registrar.


The Academic Advising Center Calendar


First-year students meet with their adviser during Summer Orientation. Transfer students who are registering for the first time meet with an adviser during Transfer Orientation. Academic advisers work with students as they prepare to register for classes. Students meet individually with their adviser to work out a schedule of courses for the coming semester and to learn about major and general education requirements. First-year students also make an appointment for the fall "New Student Meeting" with their adviser.


Fall, Spring and Summer:
New Student Meetings for first-year students are held from the 2nd through 4th weeks of the fall semester. During the hour-long session, students meet in a small group with their adviser. The meetings are designed to help students understand how the university works and is an opportunity for students to learn how to use the Academic Advising Center. It also provides contact with their adviser early in the semester when there may be many questions.

Planning Appointments are for all students advised at the Center and they take place every semester. Advisers send letters to students during the 4th and 5th weeks of the semester asking students to make appointments for planning and registration. Planning appointments usually last 30 minutes. This is a time for students to ask questions, talk about their concerns and to learn more about majors and classes. It is also a time for advisers to get to know the students better, so that plans of study can be tailored to the needs and desires of the student.


Registration Appointments take place each semester and are required for students advised at the Academic Advising Center. They begin about two weeks before students start registering for classes. These appointments are quick, usually lasting 15-20 minutes. Students prepare a schedule of classes, along with alternative choices, to share with their adviser. It is the adviser's job to review the schedule to assess whether courses meet the needs of the student's proposed plan of study. Students must have this appointment to receive the registration number needed to register.

Departmental Faculty and College Advisers:


Students with declared majors in Engineering, Speech Pathology and Audiology, and Physics and Astronomy are assigned to advisers in their major department. For most other students, faculty advising generally begins once a student completes 24 semester hours of course work and has declared a major. For most majors that require an application process, faculty/department advising usually begins after the student applies and is admitted into the major.


Each of the university's undergraduate departments and colleges offers academic advising through faculty or through an undergraduate coordinator/student affairs office. Advisers are available to all students in the respective colleges to help with questions about admissions, academic majors, course requirements, grading options, career and degree plans, and other issues.


How do I change my adviser?


The Academic Advising Center has a "no questions asked" policy about changing advisers. Students advised at our Center can call 353-5700 or visit the front desk in C210 Pomerantz Center and request assignment to a new adviser.


Students advised in a department or program

should follow the procedures as set by that department or program.