Academic advising is a key to your success as an undergraduate at IU. Each major in the College is assigned an academic advisor. While you have the primary responsibility for making academic choices and planning your studies, your advisor will help you take full advantage of opportunities at IU. You need to meet with your advisor each semester before registering for courses for the upcoming academic term. Your advisor can also refer you to support services on campus, such as tutoring in academic subjects, personal counseling, and time management assistance. You’re encouraged to keep in touch with your advisor often, in person or by phone or e-mail.
Advising for Freshmen
Marsha Franklin, academic advisor in the Political Science Department, counsels Ryan Rahrig
as he selects classes.
Most freshmen at IU begin their studies in the University Division, which provides academic advising. Students with a strong high school background and an interest in majoring in the College of Arts and Sciences may be invited to enter the College at the beginning of their freshman year through the Direct Admission.
Online Degree Progress Report (OneStart)
The College uses a computerized degree audit system to produce an Academic Advisement Report (AAR). This online Report helps you monitor your progress toward meeting requirements for your degree. You can access your Academic Advisement Report by internet through the OneStart by clicking on “My Academics & Grades” and then on the "View My Advisement Report" link within the “Student Center”.
The "View My Advisement Report" option on the OneStart system allows you to:
- Produce an Academic Advisement Report for your current major
- See how in-progress courses apply to your degree program
- Add courses to determine how they apply to your degree program
Students can also produce a What-if Advisement Report to set up a what-if scenario for a different program of study by clicking on the “What-if Advisement Report link within the “Student Center.” The “What-if Advisement Report” option on the OneStart system allows you to:
- Produce a What-if Advisement Report for a different major or minor
- See how in-progress courses can apply to the simulated program
- Add possible future courses to a what-if scenario to see how the courses will apply to the simulated program