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Academic Advising at USI starts the moment students are accepted and our advisors help build relationships that can last well beyond graduation. From day one, we work tirelessly to help students by answering questions, providing instructions, and guiding them towards their goals. Our professional advisors and faculty members work with students to help them register for classes and —just as important— act as a lifeline when they need help understanding college processes.

We review schedules each semester to ensure each student is on track for graduation. We reach out after the first three weeks of the term and again after midterms, connecting students with free on-campus resources or to simply say “congratulations!” We also check in a few times during the semester to see how they are handling the transition from high school to college or from summer/winter break back to campus. We actively listen to each student’s goals and help create a realistic framework for their success. Our job does not stop at graduation: we often write recommendation letters for graduate schools or provide references for job applications.

Each student's faculty advisor and professional academic advisor truly care about every student and want them to be successful.

Academic Basics

College has a lot of terms, acronyms, names, and steps that are completely foreign to many new students. It's almost like learning a new language, the language of higher education.

These are a few of the important concepts, terms, and places you should familiarize yourself with during your time at USI and you can always reach out to the Advising Centers for help.

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