We are a team of 41 professional academic advisers who work individually with students, helping them to find their place at the University and make the most of their education.
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 Pre-Pharmacy, 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.
Goals / Philosophy
During college, students develop and change in many ways. Our goal as advisers is to understand the challenges students face while giving them support and encouraging the development of new skills.
How we work with your student
- Each student advised at AAC is assigned to a specific adviser, based on the student's declared major.
- Academic advising is mandatory at Iowa, which means that each student must meet with his or her adviser before registering for the next semester.
- Advising is more than registration, however. We encourage students to develop an ongoing relationship with their adviser, and we recommend 2-3 appointments each semester. At the beginning of each semester, AAC mails a letter to each student's residing address, outlining the advising and registration timeline and encouraging the student to schedule an appointment.
- During their appointments, advisers talk with students about adjustment to college, study skills and habits, majors, course selection, and career exploration, among other things.
- Advisers also often make referrals to other campus resources, such as the Career Center, Financial Aid, Student Activities Fairs, the Summer Job Fair, and the University Counseling Service.
In order to be a full time student at the University of Iowa, students must be enrolled in 12 or more semester hours. Maintaining full-time status is often important for health insurance coverage and eligibility for financial aid. Contact your health insurance provider and the Office of Financial Aid for the rules governing your specific situation.
Advisers are happy to answer parents' general questions about University procedures, resources, and academic programs. As at all public institutions, however, the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act prohibits us from discussing specific students without their permission. We strongly encourage all students to discuss their academic progress with their family. If a student would like his or her adviser to be able to speak directly with his or her parent, the Advising Center has a "Consent to Release Information" form that the student may sign.
How do students change their 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.
How Parents Can Help
- Encourage your student to establish strong relationships with advisers and faculty.
- Maintain open communication about grades and academic progress. Many instructors send "Mid-Semester Reports" to students who are doing below "C" work (late October and late March).
- Support your student's efforts to be academically successful.
- Celebrate your student's victories, and encourage him or her to seek out help when difficulties arise.
- Encourage your student to get involved in student organizations. This provides another connection to the University and career-related skills.
- Although it may seem helpful, please refrain from selecting a major for your student. Instead, help your student focus on his or her own abilities and interests and the career doors they open.