For Current Students: Advising FAQs
"Academic advising is one of the more important activities we engage in at Kansas State University. Through advising, we help students establish their academic and career goals and then guide them throught he courses and activities which will enable them to accomplish these goals."- Provost April Mason
Your advisor is there to help. If you have questions or concerns about your classes, need permission to enroll, have no idea what to major in (let alone what career path to choose), need tutoring, want to get involved in campus but aren't sure how, just ask your advisor! S/he is there to answer your questions and help guide you successfully through college. Happy student = happy advisor.
Who is my advisor?
Check out the list of advising contacts; select your college of interest to view the advising/student support team for that department. Your advisor will also be listed in your Student Center in iSIS.
What can I expect from my advisor?
From a good advisor, you should expect genuine concern for you and your well-being, accurate and timely information, assistance in the exploration of educational programs and plans, assistance with academic procedures such as schedule changes, declaration/change of major, course scheduling/dropping and adding classes, assistance if you are placed on academic warning, referrals when needed to other support services, confidentiality and reliability.
When do I need to meet with him/her?Typically you will meet with your advisor at the beginning of every semester, you will also want to check in with them throughout the semester, or whenever you have questions, concerns, need help with study habits... the list goes on and on! Your advisor is your resource for success. Use their knowledge! They're there just for you!
What will my advisor expect from me?
Students are responsible for fulfilling all the requirements of the curriculum in which they are enrolled, so be prepared when you go to your advising appointments! Click right here to find out how you can be a responsible advisee and get the most out of your advising sessions.
What are flags/holds? Why do I have a hold and what do I do about it? :(
If there is a "hold" on your iSIS account, this means you need to take action. Log in to iSIS, go to "Your Holds" and view the details. You may have forgotten to pay a tuition bill, take a required survey, etc. If you have an Advisor "flag", contact your advisor as soon as possible to get everything sorted out. http://www.k-state.edu/isishelp/docs/stuViewHolds.html
What if I want to change advisors?
Students are allowed to change advisors if necessary, however, some colleges may only have one academic advisor per department. If your department has multiple academic advisors, make an appointment to talk to your department head.
When do I enroll?
Check out the Academic Calendar to find out when you can enroll for the next semester. Typically, seniors enroll first, then juniors, sophomores, and freshmen. Sorry, freshmen. You'll get your chance! Be sure to plan for "back-up" classes in case the ones you really want happen to be closed (full) before you can meet with your advisor to enroll.
What do I do if the class that I want to take requires instructor permission?
Contact the instructor for the class. If you aren't sure how to do this, see your
advisor. Once the instructor has granted you permission (and the info magically shows
up in iSIS) you will be able to add the class to your schedule (well, assuming the
class isn't full and you've met all the pre-requisites).
For more questions about enrolling, check out the iSIS Q & A student section.
When do I need to declare a major?
Undecided? During your first two years at K-State, you can be a part of our open option program. Students are allowed to remain in this program for up to 60 college credit hours, then you must declare a major. http://www.k-state.edu/acic/decide/faqs.htm
What if I still can't decide on a major?
Never fear! If you still can't decide, chat with your advisor. A good advisor has knowledge about careers and every program offered at K-State. S/he will know how to assess your strengths and interests so you can select a major that's right for you! Check out the Academic and Career Information Center's website to find out more about exploring majors and careers. http://www.k-state.edu/acic/decide/
Who is my Open Option advisor?
The first letter of your last name determines who your Open Option advisor is. Find your advisor and prepare for your appointment by visiting: http://www.k-state.edu/artsci/students/advisor_info.shtml
How do I read my DARS report? What is it?
Your DARS report (Degree Audit Reporting System) is an analysis of your academic progress.
Be sure to review it every semester, before you enroll for classes, so you can see
what classes you still need to take. Have any concerns? Make an appointment with your
For more info on how to access and make sense of your DARS report, check out this slideshow -> http://www.k-state.edu/registrar/dars/slideshow/