Academic Advising can assist you with your general academic questions.
Specific Services Include:
- Academic holds/restrictions
- Class & graduation planning
- Course Sequencing
- Other Academic-Related Issues
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
I know my major. Visit or contact your college-specific Academic Advising center or use Live Chat on our website to chat with an advisor now. To find the Advising center for your major, see Academic Advising Contacts. You can also schedule an appointment with an advisor online.
I don't know my major. Visit the Academic Advising's main office in Chapman 101 or call 208-496-9800.
- Who is my Faculty Mentor?
Every student is assigned a faculty mentor. The faculty is typically within your college and major, in order to assist you in reaching your academic and career goals. You can visit with your faculty mentor for advice on preparing to enter the workforce, completing internships and applying to and choosing graduate schools.
To find your Faculty Mentor, log on to your My BYUI account, they will be listed in the Academic Summary section.
- What if I am undecided about what I want to do (major in)?
If you are unsure about what you want to declare for a major or pursue as a career, we recommend taking General Studies 100 (GS 100), Career Exploration. This 1 credit class is designed to assist in making a decision concerning your career or major. Career assessments will help you assess personal interests, work styles, preferences, and skills to determine your career path. At the conclusion of the class, you will gain a better understanding of the job market and careers available to you.
- How many credits should I take?
Students should be aware of the following credit requirements when deciding how many credits to take:
- 12 credits are required to be considered a full-time student
- 12 credits are required to receive a scholarship through BYU-Idaho with the exception of Academic Scholarships which require 14 credits
- 15 credits are required to graduate in eight semesters or four years
- At a minimum you should strive to take 30 credits a year. If you need a lighter load during your on-track classes, talk to an advisor about options to also enroll in courses in your off semester.
- What tools are available to help with the class registration process?
Helpful class planning links include:
- I-Plan- A set of planning tools available to BYU-Idaho students.
- Catalog- The catalog is very useful not only to look at classes, but for other campus policies and rules. Most questions you have can be answered by looking in the catalog.
- Foundations- Foundation classes are required for all new students.
- Academic Advising- Advising can help with general class planning and major specific planning.
- Grad Planner- Plan out your class sequencing from your first semester to graduation.
- When do I register for classes?
Access the registration calendar.
- What if all of the classes I want are full?
When a class you want to add is full, consider the following options:
- Take it another time. The most desirable class times fill quickly. Often, early morning or late afternoon sections remain open. It is better to have the class at an inconvenient time than not to have it at all. (Remember, each semester you will get an earlier registration and more class choices as your credits accumulate.)
- Join the waitlist. Waitlisting the course will hold a spot for you in line if other students drop the course. If a spot does open up you will receive an email to register for the waitlisted course. You must register within 24 hours so make sure to check your official BYUI email often.
- Keep checking back. Seats open up in filled sections frequently as students rearrange their schedule and add/drop classes. If there is a class you really want, keep checking back to see if seats are available.
- Although there is a sequencing recommendation, you are eligible to take any course where you have met the prerequisites.
- As a last resort, students can go to the class they'd like to add on the first day of the semester. Often, teachers will have a few seats they can assign that day.
*Academic Advising cannot add students to classes.
- How do I declare/change my major or minor?
Changing majors and minors can be done online through the I-Plan tool. To do this you can create an "Alternate Plan" with courses you'd like to take and then approve the plan. Once the alternate plan is approved you are able to declare it as your official major. The first use of this tool may be a little confusing, so please rely on the tutorials built into the system or schedule a time to futher discuss with your advisor.