Who is my academic advisor?
How do I make an advising appointment?
When will I be assigned a faculty advisor?
What is Core 39?
How do I change my major?
How do I add a minor?
How many classes should I take a semester?
How do I register for fall, spring, or summer classes?
How do I add a class to my schedule?
How do I drop a class from my schedule?
What if a course is full?
How do I get on a waitlist?
What is a registration hold?
How can I view my schedule?
How do I know what books are required for a class?
How do I withdraw from a class?
How do I withdraw from all my classes?
What is DegreeWorks?
How do I access DegreeWorks?
What is my GPA?
What is academic probation?
How do I get off academic probation?
How do I take a foreign language placement test?
How do I take a math placement test?
How do I get credit for AP classes from high school?
How do I get credit for dual credit classes from high school?
How do I transfer credits from another college or university?
How do I know if a course will transfer to USI?
What do I need to do to transfer to another university?
Can I take a summer course at another college or university?
Where can I get a copy of my transcripts?
Who is my academic advisor? To find the name of your academic advisor, log into myUSI, and click on the graduation cap icon for Degree Works under the Eagle Apps. Your advisor will be listed in the information box at the top of the page.
How do I make an advising appointment? To make an appointment with your academic advisor, you'll need to use AdvisorTrac. To access AdvisorTrac, log into myUSI, and click on the picture of three people with question marks above their head for AdvisorTrac. On the left-side menu click search availabilities and follow the directions listed on that page.
If you are assigned to a faculty advisor, you will need to contact that individual directly as some faculty advisors are not using AdvisorTrac for scheduling.
College of Liberal Arts: You will be assigned a professional advisor and a faculty member will be your secondary advisor for your freshman year. Once you complete your freshman year, your faculty advisor will be your primary advisor.
College of Nursing and Health Professions: For "pre" students you will be working with a professional advisor in the Advising Center until you are accepted into your program. Once accepted, you will be assigned to a faculty member within your major. For Health Services Generalists students once you have 30 credit hours completed you will be assigned a faculty advisor.
Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education: You will work with a professional advisor until you complete specific prerequisite courses within your major. Once the prerequisite courses are met students are assigned a faculty advisor within the department.
Romain College of Business: You will work with a professional advisor until you complete specific prerequisite courses within your major. Once the prerequisite courses are met students are assigned a faculty advisor within the department.
Center for Exploring Majors: You will work with a professional advisor until you either declare a major or complete 60 credit hours of coursework. At that time, you will either transition to the Advising Center or a faculty member in your major.
What is Core 39? To earn a bachelor's degree at USI, you must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, with 39 of those credit hours fulfilling the USI Core 39 requirements. Core 39 includes courses in the broad traditions of the liberal arts and a common set of experiences that are integrated across the curriculum. In our core, students expand foundational skills in communication and critical thinking, explore how different fields create and use knowledge, broaden their viewpoints through the study of diverse and global perspectives, and refine their writing skills through writing-intensive experiences.
How do I change my major? You can change your major by picking up a Change of Academic Program form from either the Registrar's Office or any Advising Center. You are responsible for obtaining the appropriate signatures from the department you are changing your major to and for returning the form to the Registrar's Office.
How do I add a minor? You add a minor in the same way you add or change your major - by picking up a Change of Academic Program form. There is a section of that form that allows you to add or drop a minor. You are responsible for obtaining the appropriate signatures from the department you are changing your major to and for returning the form to the Registrar's Office.
How many classes should I take a semester? To be a full-time student, you need to take a minimum of 12 credit hours a semester. Advisors generally recommend between 12-18 credit hours a semester and to complete at least 30 credit hours each academic year if you wish to graduate in four years. The number of credit hours you take your freshmen year can depend on any dual credits, CAP classes, or AP credits you earned while in high school, but typically a student takes 15 credit hours a semester.
How do I register for fall, spring, or summer classes? Registration for the next semester starts around midterms each academic year; with the ability to register for summer classes available when registering for the spring term. Registration dates are published on the USI academic calendar.
How do I add a class to my schedule? Before the semester begins and through the first week of classes, you can add a class to your schedule using either Schedule Planner or Self Service. Once the semester begins, you will need to work with your advisor to add a class.
How do I drop a class from my schedule? Before the semester begins and through the first week of classes, you can drop a class using Self Service through myUSI. Once the semester begins, you will need to work with your advisor to drop a class.
What if a course is closed? What does that mean? If the course is closed, that means that all the seats in that class or section have been taken and you will not be able to register for that class or section. Some courses offer a waitlist, but not every class. If you have questions about the closed class or waitlist, please contact the department that is offering the class. Advisors do not have the ability to put you in a class that is full or on a waitlist.
If enough students drop out of the class to reach your name on the waitlist, you will receive an email from the Registrar's Office with instructions on how to officially add the class to your schedule. Once you receive that email, you will have 24 hours to register for the class. If you do not register for the class within 24 hours of receiving the email from the Registrar's Office, you will lose your spot and will need to put yourself back on the waitlist.
There is no guarantee that you will get into the waitlisted class. If there is an open section of the same class, the Advising Centers recommend that you sign up for the open section to guarantee that you have a seat in the course.
What is a registration hold? If you have any holds on your student account, you will receive an email from the Registrar's Office, or you can check for holds using Self Service or Degree Works. A "hold" is placed on your account by an academic office when important transactions or documents have not been received. You will be blocked from scheduling or changing your class schedule until your holds have been lifted.
How can I view my schedule? You can find your schedule in your Self Service through myUSI. Click on the Student tab, then Registration, then you can choose either Concise Student Schedule, View your Schedule, or Week at a Glance.
How do I withdraw from a class? Withdrawing or dropping a class once the class begins is sometimes necessary, but this should only be done after you have met with your advisor and initial the terms and conditions of dropping a class on the form listed below.
How do I withdraw from all my classes? Students who need to withdraw from all classes, after the semester begins, must complete a Withdrawal form and work with the Dean of the College of their major to complete the form.
What is DegreeWorks? DegreeWorks is an academic planning and degree progress software tool that tracks your progress towards graduation. The audit shows the courses you have completed as well as the remaining courses and requirements needed for your major.
What is my GPA? When you pull up your DegreeWorks audit, you will see your current cumulative GPA of all the courses taken at USI. If you transferred courses or received AP credit, those grades are not factored into your USI GPA.
What is academic probation? Students who do not meet the minimum standards of academic progress will be placed on academic probation for one semester. During that semester, the student should make use of the available university resources to improve academic skills and performance. Failure to meet the minimum standards of progress at the end of the probationary semester will result in academic dismissal from the university.
How do I get off academic probation? Once you successfully achieved the minimum grade requirements of your probation term and your cumulative GPA is 2.000 or higher, you will be removed from academic probation automatically.
Placement tests are available in French, German and Spanish. Students who took Arabic, Chinese, Japanese or Latin in high school should contact the World Languages and Cultures department at 812/465-7026 to schedule an interview.
To schedule an appointment to take a placement test, contact Academic Skills at 812-464-1743
How do I take a math placement test? Mandatory placement for all entry-level mathematics courses is required by the Department of Mathematics. The appropriate level course for a student is determined by the SAT/ACT math score. If an ACT or SAT score is not available, then a math placement test is required.
To schedule an appointment to take a placement test, contact Academic Skills at 812-464-1743
How do I get credit for AP classes from high school? If you took an AP class (Advanced placement), you must take the AP exam and receive the necessary score in order to receive credit for the course. AP Score Reports are sent to the college you listed on the answer sheet. If USI was not the school listed, you can request the scores to be sent to USI by going online to https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/
How do I get credit for dual credit classes from high school? In order to receive credit for any college courses taken while still in high school for dual credit, a transcript from the college that the course was offered through must be sent to USI. This transcript is different from the high school transcript and must have the university/college seal or be submitted electronically directly to the Registrar's Office.
How do I transfer credits from another college or university? If you took a course at another university or college, you may receive credit at USI for those classes by submitting your transcripts to the Registrar's Office. You must have earned a letter grade of a "C" or above in order to receive credit for the course at USI.
How do I know if a course will transfer to USI? You can use the TESS or Transfer Equivalency Self Service website to find out how classes from another university our college will transfer to USI. This site is updated by the Registrar's Offices of all participating colleges and will have the most up to date information. If you do not see your college or course listed on this website, please contact the Registrar's Office at 812-464-1762 or 800-467-1965 (#3).
What do I need to do to transfer to another university? All questions about courses transferring from USI to another college or university should be answered by an academic advisor at that school. If you have a Housing Contract or Meal Plan you should contact those offices if transferring in the middle of the academic year. You should also work with the Student Financial Assistance Office to learn more about how to transfer your financial information to the other school.
Can I take a summer course at another college or university? Yes, you will want to meet with your academic advisor to determine how the courses will apply to your major/graduation/Core 39 requirements. You must send the transcripts from the other college or university to USI and earn a letter grade of a "C" or above in order to receive credit for the class.
Where can I get a copy of my transcripts? From myUSI, log into Self Service, click the "student" tab, then "Student Records." You can view your unofficial transcripts by clicking on "Unofficial Transcript." To order an official transcript, click "Request Official Transcript/View Order Status" and follow the onscreen directions.