- Take initiative to contact your advisor. We’re here to help when you need it! You are required to meet with your advisor before you start your first semester in the program. You will also be required to meet with your advisor for class assignments in MDS 305, MDS 375, and MDS 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 to your Degree Plan, academic struggles, and/or health, financial, or other issues that are impacting your ability to complete your course work. Also, don’t forget to 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?
- Are there any clubs or organizations related to my major that I should join?
- What kind /where can I find out about internships opportunities in my major?
- 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
- Advisor contact information and office hours
- Your Degree Plan
- Your Academic Advisement Report (AAR)
- All of your course syllabi
- Come prepared for your meeting
- Be on time
- Come with 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.
Academic Advising is at the core of student success in the Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) program. Your Multidisciplinary Studies advising team advocates for your success and you will work collaboratively with them to achieve your personal and educational goals. We’ve integrated academic advising into our curriculum to ensure you will have the opportunity to connect with your advisor regularly. We encourage you to communicate with your advisor as often as necessary, and remember, they can serve as a first point of contact in directing you to the resources you need to be successful in completing your degree.
What is 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 accounting for your values, abilities, and skills.