Academic Advisors in Academic Advising work with individuals who are deciding, changing majors, first-year students, and students experiencing academic difficulties. We can help you develop meaningful educational plans compatible with your life and career goals. We provide information and assistance concerning:
- Choosing / changing your major
- Exploring minors and certificates
- Academic requirements, policies and procedures
- Resources and experiences for your success
Professional staff from Academic Advising are glad to visit with you to discuss your interests and skills and see how they relate to majors and/or careers. To make an appointment, visit our office in 102 Gilchrist Hall / Follon Student Services Center or call 319-273-3406. Peer Academic Advisors in Residence are also available to assist you with your seach in these areas.
Contact Academic Advising (319-273-3406) to obtain advising or departmental information for a specific major.
Transitions to College and UNI
UNI I am Ready... - 2012-2013 New Student Handbook (from Freshman Orientation)
UNI I am Ready... - 2012-2013 Transfer Student Handbook (from Transfer Orientation)
Scheduling and Registration
Planning your schedule and registering involves more than picking your courses from the Schedule of Classes. As you create your schedule each semester, consider what will help you to be successful in your life. To do this you must consider the requirements of the courses, your personal needs, and any other committments you have. Some questions you may ask yourself:
How many classes should I take?
How many credit hours should I take?
Other resources to use when exploring your course options, planning your schedule, and registering for classes:
Explore Your Options - Majors
Registration Tips and Resources
Survey of Liberal Arts Core Textbooks - A sample of textbooks and chapter headings from courses in the Liberal Arts Core.
UNI Humanities Website - Use this site for courses and sections offered per semester as well as to review the course reading, the faculty who teach them, and the goals and outcomes.
How is advising conducted at UNI? Each student at the University of Northern Iowa is assigned, based on their declared major, to an individual faculty member or a professional staff advisor, or to a college advising center (for all majors in the College of Business and for Elementary and Early Childhood majors). Students who are declared "deciding" are assigned to a professional advisor in Academic Advising. Advisors are assigned to freshmen or new transfer students at orientation. Current UNI students who change majors will be reassigned an advisor when the Declaration of Curriculum is processed. Contact Academic Advising (319-273-3406) to obtain advising or departmental information for a specific major.
Your role and responsibilities in Advising. You (as a student) are responsible for your academic progress at UNI. You should make decisions based on the information, alternatives, limitations and possible consequences you explore with your advisor. You are also responsible for meeting with your advisor on a regular basis, and for reading UNI emails from your advisor.
- A Student's Rights and Responsibilities in Advising
- In Order to Develop and Maintain a Good Advising Reslationship, You Should...
- Calculating Your Grade Point Average (GPA)
Success in the Classroom
There are many resources to enhance your academic success at the University of Northern Iowa. These are resources/offices that can be helpful to your academic progress:
- Resources for your Success - A listing of student service resources and offices to assist you with your personal and academic success at UNI.
- Tutoring Services - Find information about tutoring services and tutors available through departments.
- Educational Success Assessment (pdf) - This assessment can help you evaluate the factors that may be contributing to your current level of educational success at UNI.
Have you opened your UNI email account? If not, find out how doing so can help with your academic success in the classroom and at UNI.
Academic Warning, Probation or Suspension - A student is placed on academic warning, probation, suspension when his/her UNI and/or total cumulative grade point average is less than 2.00. The status is determined by the number of grade points deficient from the number needed to obtain a 2.00 GPA. Use the guide Understanding Academic Warning, Probation and Suspension Status for more information.