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Physical Address:
TLC Room 231

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2436
Moscow, ID 83844-2436

Phone: (208) 885-6300

Fax: (208) 885-9494

Email: advising@uidaho.edu

First-Year Students

Advising at the University of Idaho is a lot different than what you experienced at UIdaho Bound or when you were registering as a high school student. Your advisor is one of the only consistent points of contact you’ll have during your Vandal career, and we want to make sure your advising experience helps you progress toward your degree and enriches your academic experience. Please use the links on the left to learn about advising at the University of Idaho.

Important Reminders For First Year Students

  • You only have the first two weeks of class to drop a class without receiving a W (withdraw). Click here for the consequences of withdrawing.
  • Before registration for next semester you must see your advisor and get your advisor hold removed. You will not be allowed to register for classes without your advisor’s approval. Make an appointment at least two weeks before registration.

Your academic advisor is a faculty or staff member in your department that will help guide you through your time at the University of Idaho. If you are unsure who your advisor is, please visit the main office for your major department. Along with class selection, your advisor will help you clarify career goals, connect with clubs and activities, and access the resources necessary for you to be successful. Academic advising is an integral part of the Vandal experience, which is why you are required to meet with your advisor every semester.

Before you can register for classes, you are required by University policy to see your academic advisor. During this appointment, you will have a chance to evaluate your past semester and discuss your plans for the next semester. To get the most out of this appointment, it is best to have a list of courses you would like to take. You and your advisor will select courses which best fit into your degree program. Once you have a schedule, your advisor will remove your advising hold and you can register through Vandal Web according to the registration schedule.

If you are not sure who your advisor is, you will need to contact your major’s departmental office click here to find the correct contact person. If you are unsure of your major, contact the Admissions Office at (208) 885-6163.

Most first-year students are unsure who their advisor is when they arrive on campus. Don’t worry. Advisors are easy to find, and the process will help you connect with your major department. To find out who your advisor is, please follow these steps: 

  1. Go to the main office of your major department and introduce yourself as a first-year student. Take this opportunity to learn the name of the front desk person in your department, since you will be interacting with this individual for the next few years. Learn what kind of snacks they like in case you ever need some extra help.
  2. You can contact your academic advisor via email. If you are not sure who your advisor is, you will need to contact your major’s departmental office. Click here to find the correct contact person. If you are unsure of your major, contact the Admissions Office at 885-6163. 

It is University of Idaho policy to send all official University-related messages to students through their assigned @vandals.uidaho.edu email account. Be sure to check your email frequently starting in October for messages from your advisor. However, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure you have made contact with your advisor and set up a time for pre-registration advising. Remember: you cannot register until your advisor hold is removed. 

If you do not know your Vandalmail ID or are having trouble logging into the system, contact the help desk at helpdesk@uidaho.edu. You may also visit them in room 128 of the TLC from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or call (208) 885-4357. Additional information is available on their website

Some advisors allow “drop-in” visits. If your advisor has indicated they permit drop-ins, be sure you are aware what times they have indicated to stop by and only expect to see them during those times. 

No matter how you choose to communicate with your academic advisor, remember to check your University Vandalmail account in October for messages from your Advisor! Doing this will reduce your stress during a very busy time in the academic year.

Gathering your information

In order to have the best possible advising experience, you need to be fully prepared and engaged. You should create a tentative course schedule to discuss with your advisor before every advising meeting. To create this schedule, you’ll need to become familiar with these resources:

Be sure to bring a copy of your tentative schedule and your degree audit with you to your advising appointment. 

Engaging in the advising experience

Academic advising is a chance for you to make a connection with someone in your department, and to have your questions answered. Every student has questions, but sometimes it’s hard to figure out which ones to ask. It’s always a good idea to bring a list of questions with you to an advising meeting. Here some examples to get you thinking:

  • How many credits per semester are recommended within my degree?
  • What are Core Requirements and how do they apply to my degree?
  • If I am undecided about my major interest area, how can I plan my course selections to explore my opportunities?
  • What can I do if I am wait-listed for a course that I absolutely need for that semester?
  • Are there any predictor courses or course grade requirements that I should know about in my degree requirements?
  • Are there any courses in my curriculum that are only offered every other semester and/or year, and how can I best plan my curriculum to account for these courses?
  • Which courses must be taken in a particular sequence, and which courses can be taken any semester?
  • How often should I schedule advising appointments? Who should I call to schedule? What are your office hours?
  • Where can I get help if I experience difficulty in any of my classes?
  • Are there any Department, College, or other clubs/organizations that you would recommend I consider joining?
  • How can I best begin exploring the internship, research, and summer employment opportunities related to my field?
  • What resources are available within the Department, College, or UI that can help me explore my career opportunities?
  • Can my degree program accommodate an academic minor, and if so, what areas might I consider?

Deciphering the online class schedule can be a challenge. Use your mouse to roll over the red highlighted areas below to view explanations about various sections.

Account  This account will provide you access to:
VandalWeb
  • Class registration
  • Your grades
  • Your class schedule
  • Your fees and billing information
  • Scholarship and financial aid awards and information
  • Housing information 
Student Lab/Blackboard
  • Student computer labs
  • Your personal "H:" drive (Web server space on the University's site)
  • Shared lab printers
  • Unix services at unix.uidaho.edu
  • Blackboard (online classes) 
VandalMail 

This is your student email account. The University of Idaho will correspond with you through this account. Some of the information you will want to look for is:

  • Scholarship and financial aid
  • Faculty communications regarding assignments

Get more information about setting up your accounts on the ITS VandalSetup page.

Students access their grades through their VandalWeb account. Midterm grades are viewable as soon as they are posted by the instructor. Final grades are posted online after submitted by the instructor and processed by the Registrar's Office. Final grades are not available until finals week of each semester. Grades are not mailed to students.

How to access grades through VandalWeb

  1. Select Student Information/Registration Menu
  2. Select Student Records/Grades/Degree Audit Menu
  3. Select Display Midterm Grades or Display Final Grades option
  4. Select semester from drop-down list and click Submit button

Unofficial Transcripts

Students may also access and print unofficial transcripts anytime at no cost through VandalWeb. Unofficial transcripts are not signed or sealed. Former students who need assistance with their VandalWeb login should contact the Registrar's Office by phone during business hours. 

How to access unofficial transcript through VandalWeb

  1. Select Student Information/Registration Menu
  2. Select Student Records/Grades/Degree Audit Menu
  3. Select Academic Transcript option
  4. Retain default Transcript Level and Transcript Type selections and click Submit button

Each letter grade is given a numeric value: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0. This numerical value for the letter grade is multiplied by the credit value of each course to determine the Quality Points. 

Thus a 3 credit class in which the student receives an A would give them 12 Quality Points (4 being the numeric value for the grade of A x 3 credits = 12 quality points). 

GPA Hours are the number of credits attempted, not including grades of I, P, IP, W, WU, or N. 

The GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of Quality Points by the total number of GPA Hours. This same calculation is used in figuring both the semester and cumulative GPA. The Banner Web Interface allows students and advisors a GPA predictor option for current registered courses. 

To illustrate the calculation, if a student attempted 15 credits and received the following letter grades, they would earn these Quality Points: 

Credits 

 

Grade 

 

Quality Points

12 
12 
15        48 

In this case, the student's GPA for the semester would be 3.20. This is calculated by dividing the 48 Quality Points by the 15 GPA Hours. 

Note:

  • A pass/fail course will have no effect on the student's GPA if the student passes the course because the credits for the grade are not included in the GPA Hours. However, if a student fails a course graded pass/fail, the credits are included in the GPA Hours. When a student retakes a pass/fail course, the GPA is calculated by subtracting the original credits from the GPA Hours.
  • If a student has an incomplete for a given semester, the Quality Points and GPA Hours will be left out of the GPA calculation for that semester until the instructor assigns a final grade or until a reversion grade is entered at the end of the following semester. Students and advisors should be aware of incomplete grades as the student's GPA will change once the grade is assigned or is reverted.

First of all, don’t panic. Choosing a major may feel like the biggest decision of your life, but it is just one in a long line of decisions that will help to shape you as an individual. If you’re having trouble deciding on a major, here are a few helpful hints to help you in this search:

  1. Shop on the Degree Finder. This tool will provide you a wealth of practical information about UI degrees – including job opportunities, degree requirements, and other related degrees you may find interesting.
  2. Take classes in majors that interest you. Finding the right fit often means figuring out what you don’t want to do. The best way to do this is to take classes in those areas.
  3. Talk to people. Discuss careers and majors with numerous people to ensure your get a wide range of perspectives. Ask friends, roommates, advisors, professors, Career Center employees, etc.
  4. Visit the professionals. Make sure to utilize the professional staff in the Career Center and the Counseling and Testing Center to help you identify your career interests and personal aptitudes.

Textbook Express can be accessed by logging in to VandalWeb:

  1. Go to http://vandalweb.uidaho.edu and click on "LOGIN"
  2. Enter one of the following numbers for your USER ID and your PIN to log in: 
    1. Student ID Number (with the dash)
    2. V Number (capital V required)
  3. After you successfully log in:
  4. Click on "Student Information/Registration Menu" link.
  5. Click on "Registration Menu" link.
  6. Click on "Textbook Express."
  7. Select the term and click "Submit."
  8. Click on "Submit Textbook Express Info for current semester" button to view the books. 

Or go to the Bookstore website to find and order your books:

  1. Go to www.vandalstore.com
  2. Click on “Textbooks” link.
  3. Click on “Show Me My Textbooks!” link.
  4. Select your campus term, department, course and section from the drop-down menus. 
  5. Drop-down menus also allow you to choose between new or used books (if available) and choose between books that are required, optional, recommended or all of the above. 
  6. Add the books to your basket. Once you have finished shopping, please proceed to checkout.

Paying for books:

You will need to log in to your account, or create an account if you’re a new visitor, before completing your purchase. The bookstore accepts American Express, Mastercard, Discover or Visa. If you are paying for books with a voucher or through a third party, please contact the bookstore directly at (208) 885-6469 or
e-mail uibooks@uidaho.edu

Navigating VandalWeb

Navigate to VandalWeb and login by entering your net ID (this is the set of letters and numbers you use to log on to University computers, log in to your Vandal email account and check BbLearn) as yourNet ID and your PIN and click the Login button. You may, alternatively, use your Active Directory Username and Password for your login to VandalWeb. Please refer to the instructions for setting up your VandalWeb account if you are a new user.

There are registration deadlines each semester; VandalWeb will not be available for registration actions beyond the noted deadlines.

All registration actions require the student to click the Submit Changes button in order to process and save the requested action.

VandalWeb allows students and their advisors to check their degree progress at any time. Students can access their degree audit report under the Student Records/Grades/Degree Audit menu. If you are seeking two degree programs, there is a drop-down option on the Degree field at the top of the degree audit to make a selection. There is also a What If option to allow you to explore other degrees and majors. You can view the Introduction to Degree Audit page for a general overview with tips and tricks for accessing and reading your degree audit.

Undergraduate Students

For undergraduates, the degree audit lists all requirements for their declared major including core, department, and college requirements. Undergraduate degree audits update automatically with each change of major and at the end of each term after grades are posted. Declared minors and academic certificates will appear in the degree audit with their requirements.

Upon approval from their academic advisor and department chair (and college, if required), undergraduate students may submit a Degree Audit Substitution/Waiver Request form for alternative degree, major, or minor requirements.

Learn more about reading your degree audit.

  1. Select Student Information/Registration Menu
  2. Select Registration Menu
  3. Select Check Your Registration Status option
  4. Select semester from drop-down list and click Submit button

The date and time your registration period begins for the chosen semester, what your current degree program, who is assigned as your current advisor, and your current academic standing. If you have any holds that would prevent you from registering these also will be displayed.

  1. Select Student Information/Registration Menu
  2. Select Registration Menu
  3. Select Add/Drop Classes option
  4. Select semester from drop-down list and click Submit button
  5. Enter the CRN(s) in the Add Classes Worksheet
  6. Click Submit Changes button

Your classes will be noted as Web Registered if you are successful or as a registration errors if you encounter any difficulties. You may also download the registration instructions on a handout [pdf].

If the class you are trying to register for is full and you receive an error indicating a WAIT LIST is available, you can add yourself to the wait list by selecting that option using the drop-down in the Action column and clicking Submit Changes button again. Wait lists are an automated registration process and you can get more information how they work. 

Students can print their daily schedule by selecting the Student Schedule By Day and Time option under the Registration Menu.

Students may also view and/or order the books needed for their classes by selecting the Textbook Express option under the Registration Menu. 

Note: By using the Textbook Express option, you have left your VandalWeb account and will need to login again to return.

  1. Select Student Information/Registration Menu
  2. Select Registration Menu
  3. Select Add/Drop Classes option
  4. Select semester from the drop-down list and click Submit button
  5. Select DROP option using drop-down under Action column and click Submit Changes button

  1. Select Student Information/Registration Menu
  2. Select Registration Menu
  3. Select Change Variable Credits option
  4. Enter the correct number of credits next to the class and click Submit Changes button

This action cannot be done through VandalWeb. Register/add the class for regular credit (see register/add instructions above), then obtain the instructor's signature on the Audit portion of the Add/Drop form and submit it to the Registrar's Office.

Registering for Classes

Deciphering the online class schedule can be a challenge. Use your mouse to roll over the red highlighted areas below to view explanations about various sections. View the Class Schedule Glossary for more details (located near the bottom of the page).

Navigate to VandalWeb and login by entering your net ID (this is the set of letters and numbers you use to log on to University computers, log in to your Vandal email account and check BbLearn) as yourNet ID and your PIN and click the Login button. You may, alternatively, use your Active Directory Username and Password for your login to VandalWeb. Please refer to the instructions for setting up your VandalWeb account if you are a new user.

There are registration deadlines each semester; VandalWeb will not be available for registration actions beyond the noted deadlines.

All registration actions require the student to click the Submit Changes button in order to process and save the requested action.

Download the Registration Checklist (PDF).

VandalMail  Important and time-sensitive information about financial aid, orientation and more will be sent to your VandalMail account, so activate it immediately! If you have technical problems, go to www.support.uidaho.edu
Financial Aid If you have not submitted your FAFSA it may still be possible to receive some financial aid. Complete the FAFSA online
Visit Campus If you have not visited campus, call New Student Services at 1-88-88-UIDAHO, extension 6163 or (208) 885-6163 to schedule your visit. 
University Residences (Dorms or Residence Halls)  Take virtual room tours, request more information about housing, or reserve your room online
Greek Life (Fraternities & Sororities)  To receive information or to register for recruitment call 1-800-87-GREEK or 208-885-6757. 
Off Campus Housing  Contact local rental offices and real estate agencies or review the housing website sponsored by ASUI. The best rentals go quickly! 
Registration Review the UI Catalog, Class Schedule, and registration instructions as soon as possible. You should register as early as possible for the best course selection. Once you have confirmed your schedule with your advisor, register online through VandalWeb.
Contact Your Advisor  Contact your on-campus advisor using the Department Contacts sheet or visit the UI Center in Boise or Coeur d'Alene for academic advising. 
Check VandalMail  Check your VandalMail for your scholarships and financial aid notification letter! If you have questions, call the Student Financial Aid Office at 1-88-88-UIDAHO, extension 6312 or (208) 885-6312. 
Transcript Request  If you are currently enrolled at a high school, college, or university, contact their Registrar or Records Office and request that an official transcript be mailed to the Admissions Office once your final grades and graduation date/degree date (if applicable) are posted. 
Pay Tuition and Fees A billing statement is mailed to all newly registered students. Statements will reflect tuition and fees and any financial aid and scholarships you have received to date. Changes made to your account after this one-time billing can be viewed online by logging into VandalWeb. If you have any questions about your billing statement, contact the Student Accounts Office at (208) 885-7447. 
Decided not to attend UI?  If you have decided not to attend UI, please notify the Admissions Office by calling 1-88-88-UIDAHO, extension 6326 or (208) 885-6326. 
Contact other schools  Contact the schools that you applied to but will not attend so that your place in the entering class and any financial aid and scholarship money may be awarded to someone else. 
Ask yourself Are you ready to go to college? Do you have everything you need? 
  • Classes - Do you know who your advisor is and are your registered?
  • Accommodations - Do you know where you are going to live?
  • Money - Do you know how you will pay for college? Have you accepted your financial aid and scholarships? Do you still need help from the Financial Aid Office? 
Buy your books You can reserve textbooks through the UI Bookstore's reservation program. You can prepay for your textbooks and have them selected, charged out, packed and waiting for you when you get to campus.
Residence Hall Check-In  Residence Halls open a few days before school starts, coinciding with New Student Orientation. Call University Residences at 1-88-88-UIDAHO, extension 6571 or (208) 885-6571 for more information. 
Campus Parking Permits If you plan to park a car on campus you must have the appropriate parking permit. Go to Parking for all of the details and make your purchase online. 
Vandal ID Card When you get to campus, go to the Vandal Card Office at either the Wallace Complex or by the SUB Information Desk and have your picture taken for your student ID card. Your Vandal Card is your student ID and so much more! Use it to access your residence hall, the library, campus recreational facilities and athletic events. It also works as a pre-paid cash card when you make a deposit to your Vandal Card account. You can make purchases at numerous campus locations including the UI Bookstore, food outlets, laundry machines, copy centers - and receive discounts for many purchases! 
Print Class Schedule Print your class schedule from VandalWeb the day before classes begin to verify classroom assignments. 
Attending Classes Be sure to go to class so that you are not dropped for non-attendance. 

Each semester you and your advisor will choose classes to take during the next semester. You register for classes through your VandalWeb account. Make sure you understand the information found on the Office of the Registrar’s Registration website.

Physical Address:
TLC Room 231

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2436
Moscow, ID 83844-2436

Phone: (208) 885-6300

Fax: (208) 885-9494

Email: advising@uidaho.edu