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Central Academic Advising

Helping students achieve their academic goals through guidance and support.
Central Academic Advising provides general academic advising services and support for ISU students, faculty, and staff. Priority advising is available for freshmen, sophomores, transfer students, students on probation, and pre-Social Work majors. We also help students discover and declare a major.

Note: The primary advisor for students pursuing a technology degree or certificate is the College of Technology Student Services.

Pocatello Campus
Contact InformationWalk-In HoursAppointment Hours
Phone: (208) 282-3277         
Fax: (208) 282-3952
Museum Building 12
3rd Floor, Room 307
921 S 8th, Stop 8054
Pocatello, ID, 83209
Currently Unavailable   
Monday through Friday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Idaho Falls Campus
Contact InformationWalk-In HoursAppointment Hours
Phone: (208) 282-7800       
Fax: (208) 282-7929
Bennion Student Union
1784 Science Center Drive
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Currently Unavailable
Monday through Friday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Twin Falls Location
Contact InformationWalk-In HoursAppointment Hours
Phone: (208) 933-2300
Fax: (208) 933-2309
College of Southern Idaho
Hepworth Building, Room 144
P.O. Box 1238
Twin Falls, ID 83303
Currently Unavailable        
Monday through Friday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Evening appointments
available by request.
Meridian Location
Contact InformationWalk-In HoursAppointment Hours
Phone: (208) 373-1700         
ISU - Meridian HS Center
1311 E Central Drive
Meridian, ID 83642
Currently Unavailable   
Monday through Friday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The primary advisors for students who have declared a major are their department's advisors.
College of Arts and Letters
Virginia Barnett
Academic Advisor
Phone: (208) 282-3119                                                     
College of Business
Tara Smith
Director, Undergraduate Programs
Phone: (208) 282-3856                                                     
Ashley Larson
Student Services Advisor
Phone: (208) 282-1493                                                     
College of Education
Dr. Jamie Webster
Advising Coordinator
Phone: (208) 282-2783                                                    
College of Health


Alyssa St John
Pre-Health Professions Academic Advisor
Phone: (208) 282-2375                                                     
Elizabeth Bowers
Pre-Health Professions Academic Advisor
Phone: (208) 282-4665
Shanon Oler
Pre-Health Professions Advisor/Coordinator
Phone: 208-282-2375
Rachel Azzarito
Emergency Services Academic Advisor
Phone: (208) 282-1760                                                    
College of Pharmacy
Dr. Cynthia Tillotson
Director, Student Relations and Admissions
Phone: (208) 282-4597                                                     
Ronda Mahl
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (208) 282-4597                                                     
College of Science and Engineering

Buck Benson
Freshman Advisor
Phone: (208) 282-3277                                                     
College of Technology

Tiffany Mitchell
Director of Student Services
Phone: (208) 282-2622                                                     
Phil Jones
Academic Advisor
Phone: (208) 282-2622                                                     
Tiffany Elsberry
Academic Advisor
Phone: (208) 282-2622                                                     
Irene Robinson
Technical Records Specialist
Phone: (208) 282-3939                                                    
Michelle Havens
Academic Advisor
Phone: (208) 282-3939                                                    
Specialized advisors for students associated with one of the following university programs or organizations:
Athletics Program
Jessica Sargent
Athletic Academic Advisor
Phone: (208) 282-3312                                                     
Laureen Orozco
Athletic Academic Advisor
Phone: (208) 282-2575                                                      


Career Center
Dr. Lance Erickson
Director, Career Center
Phone: (208) 282-2380                                                      


School of Communication and Rehabilitation Sciences
Lexie Baker
Technical Records Specialist
Phone: (208) 282-4544                                                     
Disability Services
Karina Rorris
Director, Disability Services
Phone: (208) 282-2294                                                     
Honors Program
Dr. Shannon Kobs
Director, University Honors Program
Phone: (208) 282-1637                                                         
Dawn Brooks
Instructor/First Year Coordinator
Phone: (208) 282-1312


International Programs Office
Nitin Srivastava
International Academic Advisor
Phone: (208) 282-4465                                                         


Native American Student Services
Lethaniel Loley
NASS Advisor
Phone: (208) 282-3382                                                       


School of Nursing
Abbey Hirt
Academic Advisor
Phone: (208) 282-4481                                                     
Kim Gratiot
Academic Advisor
Phone: (208) 373-1784
Veteran Student Services

Todd Johnson
Director, Veteran Student Services
Phone: (208) 282-4298                                                     



Advising Is Important

Academic advising is a key part of Idaho State University's commitment to helping students achieve academic success. Advisors communicate accurate and timely information about degree programs, courses, resources, university policies and procedures, and career opportunities intended to help students achieve their educational goals. Students should meet with an advisor every semester to:

  • Develop and maintain a Major Academic Plan
  • Receive up to date departmental information
  • Find scholarship and research opportunities
  • Stay on track for graduation
  • Connect with internships

Choose Your Track

Students deciding their major should research majors and associated Careers. It helps to connect with resources that identify personal strengths and interests. Declare a major by your sophomore year and Stay on Track to graduation.

Students use Degree Works (degree audit tool) to review curriculum requirements for a chosen major. The catalog year of acceptance to ISU is the default.

Graduation degree requirements are determined by the academic undergraduate catalog year identified by the major advisor when a student officially declares their major and is accepted into a program. This happens during the Curriculum Change Request (CCR) process.

Stay On Track

The best way to stay on track to graduation is to meet with your advisor. Schedule a one-on-one appointment, in-person or over the phone, to discuss individual concerns, questions, and find help with:

  • Development of an educational plan (MAP) that can be revisited and adjusted as necessary
  • Evaluation of academic and personal goals
  • Discussion of preferences, options, and any confusing issues that arise
  • Strategies for maintaining a healthy GPA
  • Reviewing any academic problems, identifying causes, resolutions, and avoidance strategies

To graduate in four years, students must take at least 15 credits each fall and spring semester or 30 credit hours each academic year. Review the credit hours needed to graduate and then work with your major advisor to create a MAP with the necessary courses needed each semester until graduation.

Get Back On Track

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better to remain in good academic standing and graduate from ISU. Be aware that majors in several academic departments have a higher minimum GPA requirement.

Students receiving notification of academic warning or probation should immediately review the academic probation guidelines and complete the Online Probation Workshop. Then meet with an advisor to complete the advising requirement:

  • Freshman, sophomores, and students who have not declared a major should contact Central Academic Advising.
  • Students with declared majors should contact their departmental advisor.