Advising Guidelines

Mandatory Advising

The Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington requires all students to meet with their academic advisor at least once every semester, prior to registration for the next semester’s classes.  To this end, an advising hold is placed on your record, which only your advisor may request to have removed.  Until you have met with your assigned advisor to discuss your classes for the upcoming term, you will not be able to register.  (After you and your advisor have spoken, the advising hold will be lifted.) 

Registration times are set by the Registrar and are based on the number of credit hours you have completed.  You will receive an e-mail, letting you know your scheduled registration time, and you can also find that information in One.IU. 

You need to make an appointment to see your advisor well before your assigned registration time.  Please keep in mind that the registration period (also known as “program planning”) is a peak period for advisors—everyone is trying to see an advisor within the same six-week period.  If you don’t take steps to schedule an advising appointment well before your scheduled registration appointment, you may find that other students have taken all your advisor’s appointment times for the next few days or even weeks.  

If you PLAN AHEAD to meet with your advisor, you should be able to register during your assigned registration time, which will give you the best chance of putting together the course schedule you need.  Students who are not able to see an advisor prior to their registration appointment will have to wait to register until they are able to see the advisor, and may have fewer classes available later in the registration period.

Visit the appropriate departmental Advising webpage for further advising instructions and to better prepare for your advising meeting:

Advising Procedures

Email is the official form of communication at Indiana University.

Your advisors (and instructors as well as folks in many other offices) will be contacting you through e-mail, and you are responsible for reading and responding appropriately in a timely way.  You should plan to check e-mail at least once a day, carefully reading all official communications.  Be sure to keep your email box cleaned out and up to date on a regular basis. 

When you send an email to your advisor, please include your university ID# in the body of the message (not in the subject line of the email).  When communicating by email with advisors or professors, use good grammar and punctuation with complete sentences.  Clearly explain your question or request.

Come see your academic advisor early in the semester (Feb-Mar for spring semester/September-early October for fall semester) to plan for the upcoming semester(s) in your academic career. Students who make a priority of meeting with their advisor well before their assigned registration time have the best chance of getting a good schedule. 

 Advising Expectations

Student Responsibilities

Advisor Responsibilities

Think about your goals and focus here at IU and how these may be evolving as you learn and grow.  Prepare for advising conferences by thinking about these issues in advance so you can keep your advisor updated.

Teach you how to become successful through your time in college and listen carefully to your questions and concerns.

Encourage and guide you as you set up and personalize your goals.

Learn about college programs so that your experiences at IU are self-chosen.

Respond to your expressed interests and goals by letting you know about relevant opportunities.

Ask questions about how the system works.  (Successfully navigating the bureaucracy is fundamental to earning a degree.)

Communicate the university’s curriculum, requirements, and relevant policies and procedures.

Introduce you to valuable resources which outline University policies so you can take greater control of your progress toward your degree.

Come to the advising meetings prepared with knowledge of where you are in the program, the classes you want to take, questions to ask, and topics to discuss.  It’s fine to bring a list.

Explain how to use the IU Academic Advising Report (AAR) and other valuable tools.

Research programs and opportunities in advance. For health careers, see Health Professions and Prelaw Center (HPPLC) website.

Assist you in your short-term and long-term academic plans by recommending minors or other relevant credentials.

Accept responsibility for your academics and treat your class schedule as you might a work schedule for a new job--that is, take it very seriously. Don’t miss classes!

Discuss the relationship between academic preparation and the work world.