Undergraduate Business

Academic Advisor and Student Responsibilities

An academic advisor will...

  • Inform you about degree requirements and college policies and procedures.
  • Describe course options and useful campus resources.
  • Help you create a plan to achieve your goals.
  • Help you address academic difficulties.
  • Provide an honest assessment of your academic progress.

An academic advisor will not...

  • Make decisions for you, pick your major, or plan your schedule.
  • Identify "good" or "bad" classes for you. What makes a class "good" depends entirely upon your skills, interests, and goals. What is "good" for one student is not necessarily "good" for another.
  • Be able to help you with specific problems or situations if you wait too long to ask for assistance. Problems do not go away if you ignore them; they only get worse. Usually there are more options available to correct or improve a situation if you address it earlier rather than later.

You are expected to...

  • Take responsibility for your education and commit to do your best.
  • Know the graduation requirements for your degree program.
  • Review your degree audit each semester.
  • Update your address and phone number as needed using ISIS.
  • Check your University of Iowa email account daily. The University of Iowa and Tippie College of Business will send all official correspondence to your @uiowa email address.
  • See an advisor as needed; do not wait until it is too late to get help.
  • Be prepared for your advising meeting, including appointments and walk-in sessions.
  • Be courteous and prompt for your advising appointment.

A student should see their academic advisor...

  • At least once per semester to discuss fall, spring, and summer registration.
  • If you want transfer to a different college within the University of Iowa.
  • If you want to complete a course at another college or university.
  • If you need assistance because you are failing or having difficulty in a course.
  • If you are experiencing personal or academic problems that are hindering your academic performance.