Academic Advising & the Degree Audit

First-year student advising

  • Most first-year students are assigned to a professional advisor at the Academic Advising Center (AAC). Advisers help students explore various fields of interest, select a specific academic major, research career options that relate to their programs, and develop plans of study appropriate for their educational goals.
  • Fall advising appointments for students advised at AAC include a New Student Meeting, a Planning appointment, and a Registration appointment.  You must meet with your AAC advisor to receive permission to register for classes and to make changes in your registration after classes begin.
  • Spring advising appointments consist of Planning and Registration appointments.
  • Advisors work with students on academic and related issues and refer students to other offices for additional resources. If you have concerns, be sure to visit your AAC advisor for help.
  • The  Academic Advising Center (AAC) also works with open majors and offers an advisor on-call service for students advised in CLAS departments with questions about general UI and CLAS requirements.
  • AAC offers pre-professional  advising until graduation for students considering law school, medical school, or other professional programs that students might attend after the completion of the four-year degree. Talk to your AAC advisor or visit the AAC professional majors page for more information.

Sophomore through graduation advising

  • CLAS students with a declared major and  who have earned more than 24 s.h. are usually advised in the department offering their major. Some students, such as those in the  Interdepartmental Studies major, are advised at the Academic Advising Center until graduation.
  • If you are applying to a limited admission major or program, you will be advised at AAC until you are accepted into that program or until you declare another major.
  • Advising is provided by faculty or professional advising staff, depending on the department.
  • Each department also has a designated honors advisor and a director of undergraduate studies who are available to answer questions from all departmental majors.
  • Many departments require you to meet with your advisor to be authorized to register for classes and to make changes in your registration after classes begin.
  • Regardless of where you are advised, you may request a different advisor for any reason.

Transfer student advising

  • Students who transfer in fewer than 24 s.h.—as well as those who declare the “open” major or plan to apply to limited admission majors or programs—are advised at the Academic Advising Center.
  • If you transfer in more than 24 s.h. and if you have a declared major, you usually will be advised in the department that offers your major. Advising will be provided by faculty or professional advising staff, depending on the department.
  • Regardless of where you are advised, you may request a different advisor for any reason.

The degree audit

The Degree Audit is the primary advising tool for students and is continuously updated by the Registrar. It tracks the completion of:

  • General Education Program
  • Declared majors and minors
  • University and CLAS residence requirements
  • GPA requirements
  • Hours earned and needed for graduation

To view your degree audit, log into MyUI and choose Degree Audit under Student Records. You should request and review your degree audit frequently, especially before and after enrolling in courses. Your advisor also may access your degree audit to help you plan a schedule and to check your progress toward the degree.

The Academic Advising Center offers an video tutorial on how to read the degree audit. An online tutorial can be found at http://online.uiowa.edu/isis/DegreeAudit/.