Meeting with an advisor each semester is the best way to stay on track toward graduation. 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.
Know Major and Degree Requirements
Undecided students should discover major opportunities and declare a major by their sophomore year.
Students should use Degree Works (degree audit tool) to review curriculum requirements for a chosen major using the catalog year they were accepted at ISU. When a students meets with a department advisor to declare a major, the catalog year may be changed during the Curriculum Change Request (CCR) process.
- Graduation degree requirements are determined by the undergraduate catalog from the academic "catalog" year identified when a student officially declares their major and is accepted into a program.
To graduate in four years, students must take 15 credits each fall and spring semester or at least 30 credit hours each academic year. Students should review the credit hours needed to graduate and then meet with an advisor to develop an appropriate degree plan (MAP) with the necessary courses needed each semester until graduation.
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better to remain in good academic standing and graduate from ISU. Students must be aware that majors in several academic departments have a higher minimum GPA requirement.
Students receiving notification of academic warning, probation, or dismissal, should immediately review the academic probation guidelines and meet with an advisor.
- Freshman or Undecided students who are "not in good academic standing" should contact Central Academic Advising for assistance with their advising requirement.
- Students who have declared their major and are "not in good academic standing" should contact their departmental advisor for assistance with their advising requirement.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
When receiving Federal Financial Aid, regulations require that students maintain a 2.0 GPA and satisfactorily complete, with a passing grade, 67% of all courses attempted. Students must become familiar with ISU's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policies in order to make informed decisions.
Keeping a healthy work-life-school balance is vital to student success. The most commonly stated reason for poor academic performance is an unbalanced division between work and school commitments.
The minimum recommended study time for each credit is 2-3 hours per week. This means that for 15 credits worth of classes, students will spend 15 hours in class and need to plan for an additional 30 - 45 hours per week of study time.
Students planning to attend ISU full-time should not work more than 20 hours per week. In fact, for a full-time first-semester college student, it is best to start out focusing on school and plan to work no more than 10 hours per week.
Students who believe they need to work more than 20 hours per week should consider attending part-time. Financial aid is pro-rated to the credit load taken. At least 6 credits are required for student loans.
Students planning to finish college in four years must take 15 credits each fall and spring term or 30 credits each academic year. It is critical to evaluate work and life commitments outside of college (e.g. personal time, family, work, etc.) and adjust as needed to stay on track to graduate.
Getting involved with university activities and campus organizations helps students feel more like they belong in the ISU community and has been strongly linked to helping students remain motivated to achieve their goals and graduate. Below are ways to get involved:
- with like-minded individuals.
- Taking a break from studying to attend Student Activities and Events with other students.
Student Success Center
The Student Success Center offers a wide range of programs designed to support academic success including first year transition coaching, tutoring, workshops, classes, and more.