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Academic advising is essential to your success as an undergraduate student. Your advisor will help you understand policies and procedures, assist you in selecting majors and courses, and encourage you to engage in campus and community activities. These experiences enrich your college experience, while also helping you realize your dreams and reach your goals.
Advising at the University of Iowa is designed to grow with you academically. Your advising team will change as your needs change. First-semester students and those with fewer than 30 semester hours are advised in the campus-wide Academic Advising Center, where the center’s advisors specialize in transitioning students to academic and student life at Iowa.
As a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences student with a declared major and 30+ semester hours of credit, you will transition to a departmental advisor. CLAS advisors are located within departments and specialize in providing expert guidance tailored to the majors they serve.
Students with multiple programs of study may have multiple advisors. You’ll visit your primary advisor for registration, but we all work together to help you meet your academic and career goals. Find and schedule with your advisor(s) using MyUI.
First-year students and those with fewer than 30 semester hours (s.h.) earned are advised at the Academic Advising Center. The Center’s team of advisors specializes in transitioning students to academic and student life at Iowa. Working with an assigned caseload, the advisors help each student plan for a successful academic start at Iowa.
An academic advisor will be assigned for history students who have earned at least 30 semester hours.
Academic advising questions for students who have earned 30 semester hours or more can be directed to:
Scheduling an individual appointment is recommended if you would like to review your degree audit, map out a plan to graduation, or have other questions for which you would like to have an extended conversation.
Advisors are available to assist students with the following:
- Advisor signatures on add/drop and other university forms
- Questions about course registration
- Questions or problems with your degree audit
- Academic probation
- Review of study abroad courses for major credit
- Discussions regarding adding second majors, minors, and certificate programs
- Information regarding campus resources for students
- Questions about navigating campus resources
In addition, history majors who achieve junior standing have the opportunity to be matched with a faculty mentor–perhaps a professor whose course you particularly liked, or a professor whose interests you share. Your advisor can help you select and connect with a faculty mentor if you’re not sure how to get started. You will still meet with them each semester for routine advising functions such as course selection–but you may also wish to discuss your semester planning with your faculty mentor.
Faculty mentors can also:
- Help you define and explore your interests within the discipline of history or in conjunction with interdisciplinary work
- Advise you on major research projects and honors theses
- Discuss your ideas about what to do after graduation
For additional questions about undergraduate studies, students may also contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the History Department:
Collaborate with your advisor to create a plan for graduation that incorporates all your programs. Review this plan with your advisor(s) regularly and ask questions about your progress toward degree completion.
More about Academic Advising in CLAS
For more information, or to find an advisor in another department, visit the CLAS Advising Network.
Your advising path
Engaging with your academic advisor can be a very helpful step toward having a successful education. We're here to help you understand the process for academic advising throughout your time as a student at Iowa.
- First-year students
Most entering undergraduate students are assigned to a professional academic advisor in the Academic Advising Center (AAC).
- After declaring a major & earning 30 semester hours
After you have declared a major, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and earned 30 semester hours* of credit, you will be re-assigned to a professional academic advisor or a faculty advisor in your major.
*The number semester hours required for advising in CLAS can vary slightly by department. Consult your academic advisor for specifics.
- CLAS Sophomores
When you become a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, you are required to meet with your advisor for registration authorization and work together to build your educational path.
- CLAS Juniors & Seniors
In many departments, juniors and seniors are also required to meet with an advisor for registration authorization. Either way, all students are encouraged to continue working with their CLAS Network Advisor throughout your education at Iowa.