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“Be Advised,” “Declare Your Major” campaigns gearing up for spring class registration

October 12, 2017

Be Advised poster

POCATELLO – Idaho State University Central Academic Advising continues its “Be Advised” campaign with the additional recommendation for students to “Declare Your Major.”

Deciding on a major and taking action to officially notify the department is important. Students who have officially committed to a major tend to persist in college and graduate. However, students should avoid choosing a major without knowing if it is a proper “fit” for oneself or without understanding the related employment opportunities and job characteristics.

According to JoAnn Hertz, the “Declare Your Major” campaign encourages students to declare their major after spending a proper amount of time gathering information about themselves, evaluating the range of majors available at ISU and the academic requirements of each, and understanding the career opportunities related to their major. Career counseling from the professional counselors in the ISU Career Center and the Center for New Directions will benefit any student, particularly those who have not yet investigated their options.

Academic advising by a faculty, academic coach, departmental professional advisor or knowledgeable peer advisor in Central Academic Advising is strongly recommended before registering each semester.

“Advising can help ensure a successful academic experience at Idaho State University,” Hertz said. “Interaction with departmental faculty who are experts in their field provides an advantage to any student who seeks it.” 

Advisors and advisees have a shared responsibility when it comes to the advising relationship.

Students should meet with their advisor each semester, review and understand the catalog and website information, be prepared for the advising session, bring questions to the advising session, and assume final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning, and the successful completion of graduation requirements.

Class-level registration begins Monday, Nov. 6.  Registration begins at 12:01 a.m. on the first day for each class (see chart below).  Spring Semester begins Jan. 8.

  • Seniors and graduate students with 90-plus credits begin registering on Monday, Nov. 6
  • Juniors, students with 58-89 credits, begin registering on Wednesday, Nov. 8
  • Sophomores, 26-57 credits, begin registering on Friday, Nov. 10
  • Freshmen and students with 25 or fewer credits begin registering Nov. 13 and all class levels can register after that time.

For more information, contact ISU Central Academic Advising at (208) 282-3277 or