The Academic Advising Center provides professional academic advising to all entering College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) first-year students, some entering CLAS transfers, Open majors, pre-professional students, non-degree students, and entering students in the IowaLink Program.  Entering students who were admitted directly to the College of Business, Engineering, or Nursing, as well as most CLAS sophomores, juniors, and seniors, are assigned to an academic advisor in their major department or college.  All undergraduate students are welcome to contact the Academic Advising Center with questions, however.

Academic advising begins with orientation and continues through a series of meetings each semester. Students are assigned to an academic advisor based on the student's declared major(s) and the advisor's areas of expertise. Academic advising is mandatory at Iowa, which means that students must meet with their academic advisor before registering for classes. Meetings with an advisor are confidential and are designed to provide students with the information needed for a successful academic career.


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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.

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.

Visit your advisor 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.