After you've completed FYIvy and assessment, you need to be sure that you meet with an academic advisor. We encourage you to meet with an advisor early so you'll have first pick of the classes you want.
All new students will meet with an academic advisor before registering for classes. An advisor will help you determine which courses to take to earn the degree or certificate of your choice, and if your goal is to transfer to a four year college or university, our advisors will help you with that too.
As you plan out your college career with your advisor, the Graduation Timeline can help. Use this tool to help you consider your semester load.
Click on your campus dropdown at the bottom of this page for more information on meeting with an advisor at your campus.
Resources for Current Students:
Who's my advisor? To find your advisor's name, log in to MyIvy and click Student > Student Dashboard. Scroll to the Academic Profile section, select your current term in the dropdown menu and your advisor's name and an email link will display at the bottom. You can also look up your advisor's contact information in our Whitepages.
What Can I Expect During My Advising Appointment?
You and your advisor will explore your personal, academic, and career interests:
- What are your academic and career interests?
- What majors/careers are you considering?
- When do you plan to complete your degree/certificate and/or transfer?
- What does your life look like outside of Ivy Tech (work, family responsibilities, social engagements, etc.)?
- Review the programmatic information and requirements of your chosen degree or certificate.
- You and your advisor will develop a timeline for completion of your academic goals at Ivy Tech.
- Clarify advisor/advisee responsibilities.
- Your advisor can provide basic information of campus/community resources and refer you to these resources as necessary.
- Explain Academic Placement and Financial Aid processes
- An explanation and demonstration of the self-service tools available to you (My Ivy, Ivy Learn, Ivy Advising, Degree Tracker).
What Can I Expect During Future Appointments?
- Review your personal, academic, and career goals for updates and changes.
- Adjust Academic Completion Plan and/or expected completion date accordingly.
- Review your progress toward your academic goal and confirm ideal completion date.
- Are there any roadblocks to your progress and success?
- What resources do you need to assist you in achieving these goals? Are you utilizing these resources?
- Discuss learning opportunities on campus beyond the classroom — Career Development workshops, Student Life engagement opportunities, etc.
Tutoring: If you feel overwhelmed by the amount of work you face, if you have test anxiety, or trouble taking notes, make sure you visit your regional Tutoring Center and/or talk to your Academic Advisor. Ivy Tech has resources to help you be successful.
What's My GPA? Need help figuring out your GPA and/or how to improve it? Check out this online GPA tool.
Attend a Free Workshop: We offer students a variety of free workshops on a wide range of subjects all aimed towards helping you be successful in your college studies. View the workshop calendar.
Need to brush up on your study skills? Whether you're new to college or just need to brush up on your skills, check out our study tips.
- Study Tips
- Manage your time by scheduling in study time.
- Use a daily, weekly, and monthly scheduler to help keep you on track.
- List when assignments are due and plan backwards from their due dates.
- Create a space that is set aside for your college work.
- Have the tools you need on hand to study such as highlighters, computer, paper, calculator, correct lighting, etc.
- Study in short time blocks, no more than an hour at a time. Break larger assignments into smaller pieces.
- Schedule in extra time for the unexpected (the car that breaks down or the printer that jams, etc).
- Take notes in class and during reading - Review them! Ask yourself questions and then answer them in your own words. Write questions you don't know the answer to in the margins and ask your instructor.
- Class attendance is important! It is a time to ask questions, review information, and learn material that isn't found in your text books.
- Form a study group with others in your class.
As a full-time student working toward an Associate Degree, you should be aware of the new statewide initiative, 15 to Finish, beginning with the 2014-2015 Academic Year. Our advisors will work with you to develop an academic plan that allows you to complete your degree. For some students it might be in their best interest to take 15 credit hours a semester. These students taking the required 15 credit hours per term should review our free course guarantee (see below) if they are unable to register for a course in their plan because the College has failed to offer the class. Some stipulations do apply, and the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs will help determine if you are eligible.
Free Course Guarantee:
Students who follow their degree maps and find that a course is not available during the term it is listed on the map may be eligible to take that course for free (no cost) during a term the course is available. To be eligible for this free course, a student must meet the following criteria:
- The student must have enrolled at Ivy Tech for the first time after July 31, 2014.
- The student must be following a full-time (15 credits or more per semester) degree map.
- The student must be enrolled in an Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Fine Arts, or Associate of General Studies program.
- The student must not need more than six credits of remedial coursework (course numbers beginning with a "0").
- The student must have followed his/her degree map in each prior semester by completing each prescribed course.
- The student must not have changed majors, or added additional majors to his/her program of study.
- The student is unable to register for a course in the current semester degree map because it is not offered, offered only at the same time as another required course in the degree map, or all sections are full. Please note that a course is considered full only if ALL sections are full, not just the one in the student's preferred timeslot. If an online version is available, the course is not considered unavailable, even if that is not the student's preferred method of instruction.
- The student must have attempted to register for the course during the regular registration period, that is, up until the last day to add a course to a student's schedule. These dates are publicized on the Ivy Tech website.
- The student has not received a revised degree map from his/her advisor that maps the unavailable course into a future semester without altering the student's graduation date.
- The student is within 150 percent of the standard time to complete his/her degree (150 percent of an Associate degree is three years).
Please note that other stipulations may apply. Please contact the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs to determine if you are eligible for the free course guarantee.