Advising is the cornerstone of a successful university experience.
Central Academic Advising (CAA) coordinates general advising services, is committed to helping students achieve their academic goals, and will assist with any issues that may arise.
Freshmen, especially first term freshmen, contact First Year Transition to schedule an academic coach advising appointment.
The College of Technology (COT) is the advisor of record for students pursuing a technology degree or certificate.
Students should make an appointment to meet with an advisor one-on-one each semester before registering for classes to discuss their educational plans (MAPS) and ensure they are on track to graduation.
Students who are Undecided about a Major
Undecided first year students should schedule time each week to discover major opportunities, review the undergraduate catalog, discuss academic requirements with faculty, and review related occupations with career counselors and practitioners in their discipline of interest.
Students are encouraged to complete their investigation and declare a major by the end of their first year to stay on track toward graduation.
Students who have Chosen a Major
Once a major has been selected, students must contact the program department and formally declare their major using the Curriculum Change Request (CCR) process. This allows the official assignment of a departmental advisor.
Department mentors and faculty advisors provide current detailed information about courses in majors and also about their fields of expertise. These advising sessions help students develop professional relationships with advisors and pay big dividends for years to come in the form of career tips, job references, letters of recommendation, internships, graduate school applications, and more.
Non-Degree Seeking - students who plan to attend ISU without the intention of earning a degree.
Non-Degree Seeking Students must apply to ISU by selecting the non-degree seeking form. The undergraduate application carries a $50 non-refundable fee. Non-Degree Seeking Students should be aware of the following:
- they do not need to submit academic transcripts with their application for admission;
- they are limited to 7 credits a semester;
- they do not qualify for financial aid;
- they will register for courses during Freshman Class Level registration each semester;
- they can complete no more than 32 credits as a non-degree seeking student;
- after 32 credits, they must apply as a degree-seeking student or sign a non-degree waiver.
Senior Citizen - students who are 60 years of age or older.
Individuals who are 60 years of age or older qualify for the senior citizen reduced tuition rate of $20 plus $5 per credit hour per semester. This rate does not cover any associated class fees or professional fees.
This reduced rate does not apply to workshop courses 4498P or 5598P. The rate for these courses is $55.00 per credit plus associated class fees.
Senior Citizen Students must apply to ISU. Note: If non-degree seeking, senior citizens are not required to submit academic transcripts with their application for admission. The undergraduate application carries a $50 non-refundable fee.
New and Continuing senior citizen students at ISU must fill out a Senior Citizen Reduced Fee form and present proper identification of their date of birth to the Cashier’s Office in order for the senior citizen tuition rate to be applied.
Post-Baccalaureate - students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and are returning to college for additional coursework.
Post Baccalaureate students must apply to ISU using the undergraduate application when seeking to earn a second bachelor’s degree.
Post-Baccalaureate students must submit transcripts from all previous colleges/universities.
Those seeking to enroll in graduate level coursework will select the graduate application.