Academic advising at a glance: How CLAS academic advisors can help you

The academic advisors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have some advice as you think about the year ahead.
Monday, August 28, 2023

As you settle into the semester, your academic advisors are here to help you with any fall schedule changes. 

Be on the lookout for reminders from your advisors about planning for the spring semester. Meanwhile, there is still plenty to talk about for fall. Know that your academic advisors are excited to partner with you at every point of your academic journey.

Here are some things you'll want to be thinking about as the new semester begins depending on where you are along your academic journey: 

How CLAS academic advisors can help you:

First year students

This is your time to explore, discover new things, make friends and get settled. Don’t put off getting involved, but don’t take on too much. The first few weeks will seem quite easy but then midterms start, and the semester is in full swing. Be sure to reflect on your experiences so you can assess what you want to continue or change in the future. An advisor can help you think through some ideas or concerns you may have. 

Second year students

This is a great time to make plans and branch out. Your advisor can help you explore additional programs, including majors, minors, or certificates, that you may be interested in, as well as ways to get involved on campus. Together, we can help you craft an individualized plan that suits your interests and needs. Schedule now to discuss your plans and meet with your advisor to create a semester-by-semester plan of study. 

Third year students 

Already have a degree plan? Advising is for more than just checking the boxes. Your advisor would also love to talk with you about taking the next step or whether it’s time for a reset. Your advisor can brainstorm with you about internship and research opportunities, developing academic and career goals, and what you are excited about or concerned about in your classes and activities. 

Fourth year students or higher

As you begin your final year, have your advisor check to make sure you are on track to graduate. Whether you plan on getting a first job or continuing your education, your advisor can support you on your journey. Take the opportunity to visit the Pomerantz Career Center, work with a faculty mentor, complete internships, and attend job fairs. Your advisors are so excited for you and cannot wait to see what you accomplish. 

You can revisit any of these tips at any stage in your academic journey. It is never too late to explore. Internships, study abroad, research and service are opportunities available to students at any point in their undergraduate education. Be sure to meet with your advisor every semester to plan and assess your experience. 

To reach your advisor, verify them and schedule an appointment in MyUI or email them directly. You can also email

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers about 70 majors across the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. About 15,000 undergraduate and nearly 2,000 graduate students study each year in the college’s 37 departments, led by faculty at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all Iowa undergraduates through the college's general education program, CLAS CORE. About 80 percent of all Iowa undergraduates begin their academic journey in CLAS. The college confers about 60 percent of the university's bachelor's degrees each academic year.