Academic Advising

Academic Advising is a partnership between you and your advisor to discuss and plan for your academic success.

It is an on-going process. You and your advisor develop and track your educational plans. These plans should be formulated after exploring your career and life goals and account for your values, abilities, and skills.

What are my responsibilities?

  • Take initiative to contact your advisor. You are required to meet with your advisor before your start your first semester. You will also be required to meet with your advisor for class assignments in BAS 305, MDS 375, and BAS 492.
  • You should be meeting with your advisor regularly. Meeting with an advisor increases your chances of staying on track. A good general rule is to see an advisor when you are confused or uncertain about school, feel like you are struggling and want to plan a way forward.
  • Keep your advisor informed about changes in your area of emphasis, academic struggles, and/or health, financial, or other issues that are impacting your ability to complete your coursework. Also, touch base with your advisor about your academic successes. (We like to celebrate with you!)
  • Ask questions!  Some of the areas you may want/need to ask questions include:
    • Probation, academic dismissal, GPA requirements, and academic deadlines.
    • What careers might I expect to work in with this major?
    • How does this major relate to my career goals?
    • What kind /where can I find out about internships opportunities?
  •  Keep all your documents and important materials organized and in a safe place. Examples of some documents include:
    • Undergraduate catalog
    • Schedule of classes for that term and calendar of due dates for the term
    • Advisor contact information and office hours
    • Your Academic Advisement Report (AAR)
    • All of your course syllabuses

Come prepared for your meeting

  • Be on time
  • Bring a list of questions
  • Notify the University if any of your information changes, such as phone number or address. Check your BroncoMail daily for important messages from Boise State.
  • Accept responsibility for your decisions, ultimately your advisor is providing recommendations. You will make the final decision. Be willing to accept the consequences, both positive and negative.

What are my Advisor’s responsibilities?

  • Be available to meet with you and keep regular office hours.
  • Offer advice about course selection, assist in developing an academic plan that satisfies your degree requirements.
  • Discuss academic performance and implications of performance for future undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs you desire to pursue.
  • Be an active and responsive listener, referring you to appropriate resources on campus when appropriate and understanding your specific needs.
  • Be knowledgeable and clarify university policies, regulations, programs, and procedures.
  • Be knowledgeable about career opportunities in your major.

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