Academic Advisement

Indiana State University is committed to providing quality advising.


All students seeking graduate degrees or programs are assigned academic advisors. Students can determine their assigned advisors by consulting the college, the department, or their DARS report (instructions below).

Advising is a central component of success. Students who work closely with their advisors are more likely to meet their goals and achieve academic success. Students should maintain regular contact with their advisors, and are expected to work with their advisors prior to registration each semester to ensure the proper sequencing of courses.

Application for Change in Advisor

To initiate a change in advisors, graduate students must print and complete this application for change in advisors and obtain the signatures of their current and new advisors, department chairs, and staff in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)

Students should run a DARS report each semester to use during the advising and registration period for the next term. The DARS report provides students with a current account of courses taken (along with credit hours and grades earned), and also indicates remaining deficiencies in students' declared programs. Currently, DARS reports are available for all master's, licensure, and certificate program. For information on doctoral programs, students should refer to the graduate catalog or consult their academic advisors.

To run a DARS report:

  1. Log on to the MyISU Portal.
  2. Click the "Student Tab."
  3. Select "DARS Menu."
  4. Select "Submit an Audit" and then follow the instructions.

Note: Students are encouraged to review their DARS report each term, report any inaccuracies or questions to their academic advisors, and use the report to plan for program completion. DARS is a tool for students and advisors to use to help track progress toward program completion. It is not a substitute for academic advising, nor does it certify students for graduation.

Last updated: 12 February 2015

The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of authority for all students. The requirements given in the Catalog supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time. The right to correct errors is also reserved.

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