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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 can also receive advising assistance by emailing or

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.

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