Native American Student - Academic Information
Central Academic Advising warmly welcomes all Native American students and will serve as a guide to the academic culture at ISU. Entering a new academic culture is enriching but also challenging. Students should meet with an advisor at least once each semester to stay on track to graduation.
All Native American Students are encouraged to drop in or schedule an appointment with Central Academic Advising. New Native American Freshmen are also encouraged to meet with their specific First Year Transition Coach. Advisors assist students in thinking about the teaching and learning styles that are familiar, help in planning to meet academic goals, and connect students with resources that will provide support engagement in the college community.
Be prepared to discuss personal goals and educational plans. Be open and willing to consider advice from faculty, advisors, and other professional mentors. Bring a list of questions to advising appointments. Register for ISU courses as early as possible after being admitted to the university and completing advising requirements.
Many Native American students come to ISU as new freshmen.
All new first semester college students must complete the online Fundamentals of Advising and Registration Moodle lesson (FAR) before they are allowed to register for courses. Once the FAR is completed, the advising hold will be removed and students can register for courses.
Native American students who come to ISU with credits earned at other institutions of higher education are considered Transfer Students.
All transfer students must complete the online Transfer Fundamentals of Advising and Registration Moodle lesson (TFAR) before registering for courses. Once the TFAR is completed, students must connect with a department/faculty advisor or an advisor in Central Academic Advising to review and receive additional guidance about their transfer courses.
College-level courses from U.S. regionally accredited institutions are evaluated by Transcript Evaluators. Students transferring from a junior, community, or two-year college are allowed a maximum of 70 credits to count toward the credits needed to graduate from ISU (a minimum of 120 credits are required to graduate with a bachelor's degree).
No grades will be transferred, however, transfer grades will be shown on the ISU transcript as TA, TB. TC, etc. for all students who transferred in Fall Semester 2010 or later.
ISU General Education Requirements have been met for transfer students:
- Who have an Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), or Associate of Arts and Science (A.A.S.) earned in 1995 or later from a regionally accredited U.S. academic institution.
- When a transcript issued by a regionally accredited U.S. academic institution shows "Idaho Core Certified."
- With a baccalaureate degree for a regionally accredited U.S. academic institution.
An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree does not fulfill ISU General Education requirements.
Transfer students who meet ISU General Education requirements by virtue of any of the above means must also complete all courses required by their major, even if the course serves as an ISU General Education requirement.
Students transferring from an Idaho public institution can review transferability of general education, (GEM) courses, at the Course Transfer - GENED Courses site.
- American Indian College Fund - for Undergraduates Attending Non-Tribal Colleges
- College Scholarships and Resources for Women - Scholarship opportunities specifically for Female students
- Udall Undergraduate Scholarship - Udall Foundation
- National Indian Educational Association - Broad range of scholarships and grants for Indian students
- American Indian Graduate Center - scholarships for graduate students, masters, PhD, and professional schools
- Indian Health Service - scholarships for Health Professions
- Catching the Dream - Native American Scholarship Fund: MESBEC = Math, Engineering, Business, Education, & Computers
- Udall Congressional Internship - Udall Foundation
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 evaluate completion of general education objectives and major requirements. 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.
- 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.
- Get It All with Bengal Web - the Internet portal to ISU email, degree audit, academic records, registration, class schedule, student accounts and more.
- Enter your Emergency Contact information in Bengal Web on the Academic Tools tab in the Student Record channel.
- Complete the appropriate online advising session and meet with an advisor.
- 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 right-hand corner.
- Instructions on how to forward ISU email to a personal account can be found at google.isu.edu.
- Register for classes. Refer to the Registration Quick Guide for assistance. The Trial Class Schedule can help with planning.
- Investigate the full costs associated with attending ISU.
- Understand what it takes to Finish in Four.
- Research Financial Student Aid and what it takes to get it.
- Get a Bengal Card (Photo ID)
- 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.