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Required First-Year Advising

What is a required advising (RAD) hold?

All new and transfer students are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to enrolling in second-semester classes. RAD holds will not be lifted until this meeting has taken place. Please be sure to schedule the meeting with your academic advisor promptly to ensure there are no delays in your class registration process.

During the advising session, students can share how the semester is going, discuss degree and career planning options, learn where to find academic help, and prepare their schedules for the next term. Here are a few suggestions for getting the most out of your upcoming Required Advising (RAD) appointment:

Find Your Advisor and Make a RAD Appointment

  • Watch your BroncoMail for more information on how to connect with your advisor and schedule your required advising appointment.
  • Your academic department may automatically assign an advisor to you. Check your myBoiseState account to identify your assigned advisor.  Your academic advisor’s name will appear under the “My Academics” tab in your myBoiseState account.
  • If you have not declared a major, schedule an appointment with the Advising and Academic Support Center.
  • For assistance with finding your advisor, call the Advising and Academic Support Center at (208) 426-4049.

 

Prepare For Your RAD Appointment

Do you have a telephone appointment?

  • Please choose a safe, interruption free environment for your phone appointment.
  • It can be helpful to be near a computer with online access.
  • Think about any questions or concerns: Use this handy list of questions to help you get started.
  • Review your Academic Advising Report (AAR).
  • If you have transfer credits, make sure you have a copy of your transfer credit report.
  • Be honest with your advisor

Do you have a video appointment?

  • Aim for clarity: Test your video and sound equipment before your appointment. Adjust the volume or location of your webcam as necessary.
  • Think about any questions or concerns: Use this handy list of questions to help you get started.
  • Review your Academic Advising Report (AAR).
  • If you have transfer credits, make sure you have a copy of your transfer credit report.
  • Choose an appropriate environment: Find a space that is quiet and distraction-free so your advisor doesn’t have to strain to hear you. Avoid any disruptive places that people often move about in the background, like a café or library. Last, but not least, position yourself so the light faces you, not behind you, so your advisor can see you clearly.
  • Turn off any programs that you do not need for your appointment. Other programs can slow down your connection. Close out all other tabs or windows that may distract you.
  • Be honest with your advisor

About Academic Advising

Academic advising provides you with:

  • Ongoing contact with an informed and supportive advocate
  • Accurate information regarding academic requirements and policies and procedures
  • Major and career exploration opportunities
  • Exploration of necessary academic skills
  • Referral to campus and community resources

What do advisors do?

  • Help you develop an academic plan for graduation
  • Help you use Degree Tracker and interpret your Academic Advising Report (AAR). They also help you understand major requirements, University Foundations, and university policies and procedures
  • Assist you in exploring a variety of majors and careers related to your interests, abilities, and goals
  • Provide information about internship, experiential learning opportunities, service learning, and networking opportunities
  • Help you sort out personal circumstances and determine how they might influence your academic progress
  • Work with you to enhance academic skills

Make an Appointment

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