UD & You

Let University Division be your guide

Most incoming undergraduate students start at IU Bloomington (IUB) as pre-majors in University Division (UD). With hundreds of majors, minors, and certificates, students need time to discover these new opportunities and what aligns with their individual interests. Led by our professional advising team, UD students will learn about their strengths and goals, be empowered to explore, and find a major in which they can be genuinely successful. Being an undergraduate student is an individualized process from admission through graduation, and UD is foundational to that process.

UD partners with career services and provides advising for pre-majors and students exploring major options. Students plan for two major options. By the end of the first year, students typically meet admission benchmarks and move from UD into a major. By the second year, UD pre-majors need to work more intensely with advisors in order to gain admission to the major that’s right for them. By a student’s third year on IUB’s campus, UD students are required to be admitted to a major program.

Orientation Advising: We coordinate the advising and registration portions of New Student Orientation (NSO) and help new students register for classes that will support both their first semester transition to IUB and their individual interests. During Welcome Week, we give critical first-term information at a required group meeting. 

Outreach: Once classes are underway, students can expect frequent emails from their academic and career advising team. These emails connect students to resources and tools, inform them of important university policies and deadlines, and alert them if their academic performance needs additional attention.

Advising Meetings: During one-on-one advising meetings, we get to know your student’s individual talents, interests, identities, and needs. We listen to your student’s goals and help clarify them. The more we know your unique student, the better we can connect them to their path of personal academic success and to other enrichment opportunities and campus resources.

UD students should meet with their assigned academic advisor in scheduled meetings each semester. For example, students will want to consult with their advisor when they:  

  • Want to be strategic in planning for upcoming semesters
  • Are exploring majors or careers
  • Have a first major choice that is competitive and need a good alternative major plan
  • Are concerned about whether they’ve picked the right major
  • Are not getting the grades they want
  • Are experiencing issues that affect their academics and don’t know where to start resolving those issues
  • Haven’t been able to gain admission to their major program
  • Want to make schedule changes and confirm they’re making the right decisions
  • Seek to connect to more enriching learning and career opportunities 

From scheduling their own course choices to reaching out when they need help, students learn to take ownership of their education. UD students are responsible for:

  • Checking their email daily and learning to sort what is relevant
  • Responding to advisors' emails
  • Scheduling and keeping appointments with their academic and career advisors
  • Preparing for appointments
  • Planning courses for at least two major options
  • Exploring majors and opportunities
  • Learning degree and admission requirements
  • Learning how to use iGPS for planning and registration
  • Using campus websites to find information
  • Understanding university policies and deadlines
  • Managing the administrative business of being a student
  • Monitoring their grades
  • Reflecting on their personal academic performance at IUB and assessing what works and what doesn’t work
  • Asking for help when something doesn’t feel right or isn’t working

Recognize that this is a period of significant change and growth—for you and your student. You can offer support by:

  • Talking with your student about their expectations
  • Listening and keeping lines of communication open
  • Allowing your student to make decisions and to learn from mistakes
  • Encouraging your student to use all the resources available when they have questions and concerns
  • Trusting that advisors are knowledgeable and want your student to be successful

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects your student’s confidentiality by placing certain restrictions on the disclosure of information contained in students’ educational records. University Division (UD) is committed to protecting this confidentiality.

No third party may have access to a student’s educational records unless the student has specifically authorized them to do so in writing. Students may consent to waive their rights under FERPA by signing a Release of Information (ROI) form and specifically listing the individuals to whom this information may be released.

Students who wish to waive their rights and complete an ROI may do so by following the link on UD’s privacy policy page.