Freshman Student Information

A hold on ISU registration is in place for all new Freshmen until they complete the Freshman Fundamentals of Advising and Registration (FFAR) online session. Registration holds are removed Monday through Friday and typically within 24 hours of a student completing the FFAR session.

New Freshmen should meet with an advisor to review their first semester class schedule options and establish a plan going forward that meets their educational goals.

All students should be open and willing to consider advice from advisors, faculty members, and other mentors.

Making an appointment to meet with an advisor for an in-person advising session at least once each semester is the best way to stay on track.

Students should bring a list of questions to advising appointments and be prepared to discuss personal goals and educational plans.

Student's English Course Placement is determined by their SAT or ACT score. Students should submit an official score report to Idaho State University as soon as possible to ensure placement into appropriate English Composition courses.


Math Course Placement is determined a student's SAT, ACT, or ALEKS placement score. Math courses fill up quickly so it is important for students to request an official score report be sent to Idaho State University as soon as possible. 

The ALEKS placement test is offered through the ISU Testing Center free of charge. ALEKS is an online system that uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately assess student knowledge.

Taking the ALEKS placement test provides students the opportunity to place into a math course they are developmentally prepared for and can save students money that would otherwise have been spent on an unnecessary prerequisite course.

Once a student has taken their initial ALEKS placement test, they have the opportunity to use the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module (PPL) as a self study intelligent tutor to refresh their math skills. They may then retake the ALEKS placement test and try to improve their placement score.

  • Students have a total of 5 attempts to get the score they want, free of charge.
  • Students can take advantage of the PPL between tests to improve their knowledge.
  • A minimum of 5 hours is required in the PPL before a student can retake the ALEKS placement test.
  • Research shows that 85% of students who spend 5 hours or more in the PPL mode will test into at least one math class higher than their initial placement.

Students should review their Degree Works degree audit each semester to see which general education objectives and/or major requirements have been satisfied. This information is critical when planning future classes and staying on track to graduation.

Students should bring any degree audit questions with them when they meet with an advisor.

  1. Review and retain your Admissions Letter and retain all admissions material for future reference. An Admissions email provides students with their ISU Bengal Web username and password.
  2. Get It All with Bengal Web - the Internet portal to ISU email, degree audit, academic records, registration, class schedule, student accounts and more.
  3. Enter your Emergency Contact information in Bengal Web on the Academic Tools tab in the Student Record channel.
  4. Complete the online advising session and meet with an advisor.
  5. Check ISU email regularly. All official ISU communication will be sent via ISU email. Checking regularly is important to avoid missing time sensitive information. ISU email is available on Bengal Web by clicking on the envelope icon in the upper righthand corner.
  6. Instructions on how to forward ISU email to a personal account can be found at
  7. Register for classes. Refer to the Registration Quick Guide for assistance. The Trial Class Schedule can help with planning.
  8. Investigate the full costs associated with attending ISU.
  9. Understand what it takes to Finish in Four.
  10. Research Financial Student Aid and what it takes to get it.
  11. Get a Bengal Card (Photo ID)
  12. Review professional communication standards.

In the U.S. "Academic Honesty" is highly prized and "Academic Dishonesty" is severely punished.

Academic honesty and dishonesty can be viewed differently in different cultures just as certain behaviors or actions in public life may be illegal in one country and completely legal in another country.

Students wishing to earn a degree from a U.S. institution must observe and understand the policies governing academic honesty at their university regardless of cultural background.

Remember, when a student cheats in any way, they are not learning the material and skills needed to succeed in a profession later on. A good grade is worth nothing if you cannot do the work on your own!

At ISU, Academic dishonesty can lead to dismissal from a program or from the university. Please look at this short tutorial to gain an understanding of academic honesty and dishonesty.

The Student Handbook published by the Division of Student Affairs addresses academic integrity and dishonesty issues. Please review it carefully.


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