University of Iowa

Advising Expectations

Advising is a partnership.  Our goal is to provide you the tools and resources necessary to navigate the university and make informed decisions.  We are here to help, so please reach out with any questions.

You can expect your advisor to:
  • Provide a safe, respectful, and confidential space to ask questions, discuss interests, and express concerns
  • Help you define your academic goals and select programs consistent with your goals
  • Share knowledge about academic requirements, policies, and procedures
  • Support you in discovering and using campus resources and services
You are expected to:
  • Schedule and attend planning and registration approval appointments each semester
  • Prepare for your appointments
  • Be open and honest about your academic progress and other important issues

Before each advising meeting:

  • Reflect on your current classes and experiences and be prepared to share how everything is going
  • Look at your Degree Audit in MyUI
  • In MyUI under Student information, review Sample Plans for any majors you are considering
  • Complete any homework your advisor might have given you in previous appointments
  1. Fall Success Meeting (first-year students only) is a group meeting with other first-year students.  Goals for this meeting are:
  • Reconnect with your advisor 
  • Get tips for success in your first semester
  • Learn about early deadlines and policies
  1. Planning Appointment is a one-on-one meeting with your advisor to discuss how your first semester is going - ask anything!  Topics might include:
  • Possible plans of study and fit with any currently declared programs,
  • Academic resources and getting involved at the University,
  • How to explore programs and courses,
  • How to prepare for your Registration Authorization Appointment.
  1. Registration Authorization Appointment is a one-on-one meeting with your advisor to finalize your course choices for the following semester.  Topics will include:
  • Academic progress in current courses
  • Preferred schedules you have made in Schedule Builder
  • Any questions you have
  • Authorization so you can register on or after your assigned registration date
  • About your major options at the University of Iowa and how to explore them
  • The components of your degree and what is required to graduate
  • How to read your Degree Audit to know if you are fulfilling your graduation requirements
  • How to use the curricular planning tool to create your path to graduation
  • How to use campus resources to support your success
  • Where to find career exploration resources
  • How to enhance your experience here through organizations, internships, research, etc
  • University deadlines, policies, and procedures