Advising Resources and FAQ

FAQ

Who is my advisor?

A student’s advisor is assigned based on their major. For students with Linguistics Majors, the Undergraduate Advisor is Greta Muller Levis.

How do I contact my advisor?

Email your advisor, and set up an appointment in person if needed.

What is a degree audit?

A degree audit, found on AccessPlus under the "Degree Audit" tab, can be one of the most powerful tools for a student at ISU. A degree audit can show what classes you have taken, and which classes you need in order to graduate. A degree audit can be ran for your current major, but it can also be ran as a "what-if" audit. A what-if audit will apply your current credits as if you were graduating with another major. Learn more here.

How do I sign-up for classes?

Each semester, students are assigned a sign-up time and date, which can be found on AccessPlus under the "Current Stdnt Info" tab. In order to register on that date, you must receive your RAN, or Registration Access Number, in person from your advisor.

How do I find my RAN?

You must receive your RAN number from your advisor prior to registration by setting up an appointment. When you make an appointment, you need to have reviewed your degree audit and have some ideas about the classes you need to take.

When can I drop a class, and how do I drop a class?

During the first week of the semester, all adds and drops can be done by the student on AccessPlus. These adds and drops do not count towards your total, and there is no fine for dropping or adding a class during the first week of the semester. After 5:00 on the Friday of the first week of class, all drops and additions require a sheet from your advisor’s office to be signed in person. Adds and drops are available until the add/drop due date for the given semester. For more information, visit the Office of the Registrar website regarding adds and drops.

What is a Pass/Not Pass class?

A student at Iowa State is allowed 9 credits to be taken as pass/not pass, sometimes known as pass/fail, meaning there is no letter grade recorded on your transcript. These credits can not be used to meet graduation requirements. For more information on Pass/Not pass credits, visit the Office of the Registrar website regarding Pass/Not pass classes.

What is dead week?

The week before final exams is also known as dead week. As described by the Iowa State University Office of the Registrar Policy, "The intent of this policy is to establish a one-week period of substantial and predictable study time for undergraduate students. During the Dead Week period, regular lectures are expected to continue, including the introduction of new content, as deemed appropriate by the instructor."

When is my final?

In order to find your finals dates and times, you must look up your initial meeting times on the semester finals chart. For more information on how to use the chart, visit the Office of the Registrar exams page.

What is my GPA?

GPA can be found on your unofficial transcript on AccessPlus. However, if you would like to total your GPA manually, you can visit the Office of the Registrar GPA calculator.

Did my credits transfer?

In order to see if your credits from other schools have been transfered, you must visit AccessPlus. There are multiple ways to find what credits you have completed. Firstly, you can visit your "Grades & Transcripts" tab, where you can visit your unofficial transcript. Secondly, you can run your degree audit under the "Degree Audit" tab.