Academic advising is a continual process whereby faculty advisors provide developmental academic support and guidance for students throughout their college career.  Academic advisors help students learn responsibility and accountability for their academic progress and success while building a mutual respect and mentoring relationship. Further, academic advisors assist students in developing an educational plan consistent with their values, personal goals, and professional aspirations and fully exposes students to potential academic and co-curricular opportunities.

During a student's first year at IWU, s/he is assigned to an advisor who is a faculty member in his/her declared major department, or to a dedicated first-year advisor (outside of the department) specifically trained to advise for the declared major department.  Students assigned to a dedicated first-year advisor (outside of the department) will be assigned to a faculty member in their declared major department beginning in their second year of study.

If a student enters IWU as undeclared, s/he will be assigned to a faculty advisor specifically trained to advise undeclared students. Students who do not have a declared major after their first year may stay with their assigned advisor or may choose to be assigned to the Director of Academic Advising who will assist with the major exploration process. However, students at any point in their educational career who are undeclared, or who are contemplating a change in major, are also encouraged to see the Director of Academic Advising.

Students meet with their advisors to discuss a variety of topics, such as:

  • the benefits of a liberal arts education at IWU;

  • how to be an active member of the IWU campus community;

  • curricular planning;

  • handling the rigors of course work;

  • navigating campus resources; and

  • registration and scheduling courses.

Students must meet with their advisor at least once each semester before registration to obtain their PIN in order to access the registration system.  Designated advising periods are scheduled each semester, and can be found on the university calendar.

Students at IWU can use this document to find out who their assigned academic advisor is.