Meet with an advisor at least once each semester to plan ahead, make informed decisions, and stay on track to graduation. It is possible for students to have multiple advisors assigned to them.

Central Academic Advising (CAA)

CAA is the primary advisor of record for all incoming ISU undergraduate students and also helps continuing students with any issues that may arise. Students must take action and formally declare their major in order to change their primary advisor from CAA to an assigned departmental advisor. Students who have not formally declared their major may meet with a CAA advisor in one of the following locations:

  • Call (208) 282-3277
  • Museum building, 3rd Floor, Room 307
  • Office Hours Fall/Spring: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday - Summer 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Walk-in Hours Fall/Spring: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday - Summer 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Email for Advising information - AskanAdvisor@isu.edu
  • Call (208) 282-7800
  • Bennion Student Union Building
  • Office Hours Fall/Spring: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Walk-in Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Call (208) 373-1700
  • 1311 E. Central Drive, Meridian, ID
  • Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Walk-in Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Call (208) 933-2300
  • CSI Higher Ed Center, Hepworth Building, Suite 144
  • Office Hours Fall/Spring: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Walk-in Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Department and Faculty Advisors

Once undergraduate students have taken action and formally declared their major they are assigned a departmental mentor and/or faculty advisor. Students should connect with their major advisor regularly to stay abreast of important information and opportunities in their chosen major.

Specialized Advisors

Advisors and their advisees have a shared responsibility when it comes to the advising relationship.

An advisor will:

  • Provide a safe, respectful, and confidential space for students to ask questions, discuss interests, and express concerns.
  • Understand and effectively communicate ISU degree requirements.
  • Support students in making decisions about their major and assist in planning their program of study.
  • Make effective referrals that allow students to navigate the university successfully.

An advisor expects that students will:

  • Take notes during advising meetings and keep an advising folder for important information in their advising sessions.
  • Schedule an appointment with their major advisor or Central Academic Advising once each semester.
  • Come to appointments prepared with their degree audit report and a list of questions or topics to discuss.
  • Research programs, policies, procedures, and opportunities as appropriate.

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