Create your path. Stay on track.

Academic advising is essential to your success as an undergraduate student. Your advisor will help you understand policies and procedures, assist you in selecting majors and courses, and encourage you to engage in campus and community activities. These experiences enrich your college experience, while also helping you realize your dreams and reach your goals.

Academic Advising Center

Advising at the University of Iowa is designed to grow with you academically. Your advising team will change as your needs change. First-semester students and those with fewer than 30 semester hours are advised in the campus-wide Academic Advising Center, where the center’s advisors specialize in transitioning students to academic and student life at Iowa.

Departmental advising

As a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences student with a declared major and 30+ semester hours of credit, you will transition to a departmental advisor. CLAS advisors are located within departments and specialize in providing expert guidance tailored to the majors they serve.

Students with multiple programs of study may have multiple advisors. You’ll visit your primary advisor for registration, but we all work together to help you meet your academic and career goals. Find and schedule with your advisor(s) using MyUI.

Meet GWSS academic advisors

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Christine Norquest

Senior Academic Advisor

Schedule an appointment

Connect with your professional advisor through MyUI. To contact faculty advisors, email them directly to make an appointment.

Getting started with Academic Advising

Verify your advisor and program

Your advisor may change. Verify your primary advisor and their office location. Your program(s) of study are listed in MyUI and include your majors, minors, certificates, or pre-professional programs. If any of this needs to be updated, contact your advisor.

Review your degree audit

Check your degree audit regularly to ensure you understand your program requirements and how courses will count. Contact your advisor if you have questions.

Prepare for registration

Visit your advisor each semester to discuss courses and registration. Your primary advisor can also assist with schedule changes, including adding and dropping.

Seek academic support

Your advisor can help you work to improve your academic performance whether you are on academic probation or want to improve your GPA. Ask about support for your academic success.

Next steps

Plan for graduation

Collaborate with your advisor to create a plan for graduation that incorporates all your programs. Review this plan with your advisor(s) regularly and ask questions about your progress toward degree completion.

Find student resources

The University of Iowa provides resources for social, health, well-being, financial, and academic support. Your advisor can help you navigate campus services.

Explore engagement opportunities

Learn about student organizations, study abroad, service, research, internships, and honors in your major.

Set your goals

Discuss your interests and future educational and career goals. Your advisor can help you plan for graduate and professional study and can connect you to the Pomerantz Career Center.

More about Academic Advising in CLAS

For more information, or to find an advisor in another department, visit the CLAS Advising Network.

Your advising path

Engaging with your academic advisor can be a very helpful step toward having a successful education. We're here to help you understand the process for academic advising throughout your time as a student at Iowa.

  • In the Academic Advising Center

    First-year students

    Most entering undergraduate students are assigned to a professional academic advisor in the Academic Advising Center (AAC).

  • In your major

    After declaring a major & earning 30 semester hours

    After you have declared a major, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and earned 30 semester hours* of credit, you will be re-assigned to a professional academic advisor or a faculty advisor in your major.

    *The number semester hours required for advising in CLAS can vary slightly by department. Consult your academic advisor for specifics.

  • CLAS Sophomores

    When you become a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, you are required to meet with your advisor for registration authorization and work together to build your educational path. 

  • CLAS Juniors & Seniors

    In many departments, juniors and seniors are also required to meet with an advisor for registration authorization. Either way, all students are encouraged to continue working with their CLAS Network Advisor throughout your education at Iowa.