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

When should I visit my Advisor?

The short answer is - whenever you need or want to. Some common reasons include 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 their academic advisor in order to be authorized to register.
  • have questions about University procedure and resources, such as "How do I drop or add classes?" or  "Where can I get career information?"
  • are having academic difficulties.
  • need someone to talk to about personal issues that impact academic progress.

What does an Academic Advisor do?

  • Academic advisors provide intensive advising support through regular contact with their advisees.
  • Advisors help students explore their academic interests, identify resources for additional information and support, 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.

What will my advisor help me learn?

  • 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

How do I change my advisor?

  • If you would prefer to be assigned to a different academic advisor within the Academic Advising Center, please call the Center at (319) 353-5700 or visit the front desk in C210 Pomerantz Center.
  • If you are not advised at AAC, please contact your major department or college to inquire about its procedures for changing academic advisors.