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Faculty and Professional Advisor Toolkit

Advising Structure at ISU

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 stay on track to graduation. Department advisors help students develop & maintain an educational degree plan (MAP); keep abreast of departmental information; find research opportunities; connect with internships; and become aware of potential scholarships.

Central Academic Advising (CAA)

CAA is the coordinator of general academic advising services and support for the ISU community of students, faculty, and staff. Email: with advisor support questions.


Freshmen contact First Year Transition to meet their academic coach and schedule an advising appointment.


CAA has specific advising responsibilities for sophomores, transfer students, students on probation, pre-Social Work majors and students who are undecided about a major.

COT Student Services

The College of Technology (COT) is the primary advisor for students pursuing a technology degree or certificate.

Major Advisors

Primary advisors for declared academic majors (CCR process) are the Department and/or Faculty Advisors - Sophomores (26-57 credits), Juniors (58-89), and Seniors (90 credits or more).

Department advisors assist students with Competitive Major applications and provide undergraduate students with information about Pre-Professional Programs.