1st & 2nd YEAR ADVISORS:

Kristi Overfelt



Program of General Studies

Physical Address:
Admin. Bldg. 112
Phone: (208) 885-2024
Fax: (208) 885-8964

Mailing Address:
College of Letters,
Arts & Social Sciences
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 83844-3154

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Preparing For Your Advising Meetings

What is Academic Advising?

Academic Advising is a relationship in which the student and adviser are partners in planning academic, personal and career goals. It fosters intellectual and personal development that leads to academic success and self-directed life-long learning. This partnership requires proactive participation and involvement by both parties. Both parties have clear responsibilities for ensuring that this partnership is successful. (NACADA, 2005 & Student Advising and Learning Center at Washington State University)

Student Responsibilities:
  • Schedule regular appointments (minimum of 1 appointment each semester MANDATORY) 
  • Gather all necessary information and questions prior to meeting 
  • Discuss any problems that impact academic performance 
  • Know where to access accurate information about requirements, policies and procedures 
  • Discuss career goals, changing directions, interests and majors 
  • Keep a personal record of your progress toward your degree (degree plan) 
  • Accept responsibility for your decisions and your actions that affect your academic career and life goals

Advisor Responsibilities: 
  • Maintain confidentiality within the advising relationship 
  • Be knowledgeable and attentive during advising sessions 
  • Encourage and guide students as they develop academic goals and pursue their degree 
  • Understand and effectively communicate the curriculum, graduation requirements and university, college and department policies and procedures 
  • Encourage and support all students with information and strategies for utilizing the available resources and services at the University of Idaho and in the community

Checklist for your advising meeting:

     List of classes for next semester 
     Copy of Degree Audit Report 
     Degree Checklist (if you are looking at a certain major) 
     Career Goals or questions about career exploration 
     Questions about other issues you have had this semester