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What is Academic Advising?

Academic Advising is an partnership between you and your advisor to discuss and plan for your academic success.  It is an on-going process where you and your advisor develop and track your educational plans.  These plans should be formulated after exploring your career and life goals and accounting for your values, abilities, and skills.

How do I find my advisor?

The following are ways for you to locate and connect with your advisor through
  1. A list of advisors by major and/or college is at this link:
  2. Login to
    • Go to the student center and click on the student center link (left hand side of the page)
    • On the right hand side under the Advisor Tab click on details. Email and/or phone will be displayed.

If you do not hear back within 48hrs from initial contact, please contact Advising and Academic Enhancement at 208-426-4049 or  Please note, communication may take longer during the summer, holidays, and weekends.

WHEN and WHY to meet with your advisor

Advising is required your 1st semester at Boise State.  You will need to meet with your advisor before you can register for your second semester. The general rule  is to see you advisor to plan/track your steps towards graduation. Additionally, you can check in when you are confused/struggling/uncertain, and your advisor can help you explore options and connect to resources.

Suggested times you may need/want to meet with your advisor:

  • During the 1st week of classes to discuss the following information
    • To identify semester goals
    • To identify any academic assistance you may need
    • To identify how present classes are satisfying the Foundational Studies requirement
    • To discuss participation in Finish in 4
    • To discuss clubs, organizations, or other ways to get involved outside the classroom in your major
  • Prior to mid-term exams (especially during your first semester)
    • To discuss your academic progress to date
    • To identify any academic assistance you may need
  • After you receive your mid-term grades or grades on your 1st exams of the semester
    • To evaluate your satisfaction with the grades you received
    • To identify an additional academic assistance you may need to be successful the remainder of the semester
  • To determine your plan for next semester (usually during week 6, 7 or 8 of the semester)
    • To determine your current semester progress
    • To identify courses which apply to major(s) or minor(s)
    • If you do not have a declared major:
      • You will want to continue discussing your interests, possible majors, and directions
      • You will want to discuss courses that satisfy the Foundational Studies Requirements
  • At the end of the Semester:
    • Discuss expectations of the semester (did  it go the way you thought it would)
    • Reevaluate your personal and academic goals for the next semester
    • Continue discussing participation in Finish in 4

How long does an advising appointment last?

A typical advising session should last approximately 25 – 45 minutes.  Some sessions, especially during heavy advising periods may be closer to 25 minutes.

What are my responsibilities?

Take initiative to contact your advisor.
  • You are required to meet with your academic advisor your first semester.
  • You should be meeting with your advisor regularly. General rule is to see an advisor when you are confused or uncertain about school, feel like you are struggling, and want to plan a way forward
  • Keep your advisor informed about: change of major, academic struggles, and/or health, financial, or other issues that are impacting your ability to complete your course work
  • Ask questions! Some of the areas you may want/need to ask questions include:
    • Boise State’s policy and procedures, especially those related to academic progress, academic probation, academic dismissal, GPA requirements, and academic deadlines.
    • What careers might I expect to work in with this major?
    • How does this major relate to my career goals?
    • Are there any clubs or organizations related to my major that I should join?
    • What kind /where can I find out about internship opportunities in my major?
  • Keep all your documents and important materials organized and in a safe place. Examples of some documents include:
    • Undergraduate catalog
    • Schedule of Classes for that term
    • Advisors contact information and Office Hours
    • Your Academic Advising Report (AAR)
    • All your syllabi
  • Come prepared for your meeting
    • Be on time
    • Come with a list of questions
    • Notify the university if any of your information changes: phone or address. Check your University email daily for important messages from the Boise State
    • Accept Responsibility for your decisions, ultimately your advisor is providing recommendations.  You will make the final decision.  Be willing to accept the consequences, both positive and negative of those decisions.

What are my advisor’s responsibilities?

Helpful and Available:
  • Be knowledgeable and clarify university policies, regulations, programs, and procedures.
  • Be available to meet with you and keep regular office hours.
  • Offer advice about course selection, assist in developing an academic plan that satisfies your degree requirements
  • Discuss academic performance and implications of performance for future undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs you desire to pursue.
  • Be an active and responsive listener, referring you to appropriate resources on campus when appropriate.
  • Be knowledgeable about career opportunities in your major choice.
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Encourage you to set realistic goals related to your academics and career/major choices.

For information on probation, dismissal, and reinstatement, click here.

For information on appeals, click here