When you make an appointment with your advisor you will have about 45 minutes to an hour to discuss your academic progress, class selection, and other issues related to your academic success.
- You can make an appointment with your assigned advisor, but if you have made a connection with another advisor or your schedule works better with the available time of another advisor you are free to meet with any advisor in the Mastodon Advising Center.
- Be prepared to discuss your current classes and other issues such as employment, commuting distance, and other circumstances that may influence selection of classes, the registration process, and other academic issues.
- Be an active participant in the advising process. Seek advice and recommendations about courses and course sequencing. Your advisor is there to assist you in your choices but remember, the final decision is yours.
The Mastodon Advising Center is located in Kettler Hall room 109. When you arrive for your appointment, check in with the MAC front desk staff member and they will log you in to notify your advisor you have arrived. You can then have a seat in our lobby. When it is time for you appointment, the advisor will come to the lobby, call your name, and take you back to their office for your appointment.
Please note: if you are 15 minutes or more late for your appointment, you may be required to reschedule your appointment for another date.
Advising Appointment Tips
- Know your advisor's name and how to contact them. Your assigned advisor is listed on your myIPFW page, and you can find their contact info here.
- Meet with your advisor at least once each semester so your advisor will have the chance to get to know you, your goals, and your worries. The more they know, the better they can help.
- Be prepared when you meet with your advisor. Become familiar with your program/major requirements by reading the Undergraduate Bulletin, departmental requirement sheets (Bingo sheets), or by using myBLUEprint.
- Be an active participant in the advising process. Seek your advisor's advice and recommendations about courses and course sequencing. Your advisor is there to assist you in your choices, but remember that the final decision is yours.
- Register during early registration and you will be more likely to get the classes that you want on the days and times that are convenient for you.
- Appointments fill up quickly as registration begins. Make your advising appointment to discuss registration before priority registration begins for the widest selection of available appointment openings.
- If you have not chosen a major, meet with a career counselor in Career Services to talk about your interests and how they relate to a major and career.