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Required First-Year Advising

What is a required advising (RAD) hold?

All new and transfer students are required to meet with an advisor prior to enrolling in second-semester classes. All undecided students are also required to meet with their assigned advisor each semester they are undeclared.

During the advising session, students can share how the semester is going, discuss major exploration and career planning options, learn where to find academic help, and prepare their schedules for the next term. Here are a few suggestions for getting the most out of your upcoming Required Advising (RAD) appointment:

Find Your Advisor and Make a RAD Appointment

  • Watch your BroncoMail for more information on how to connect with your advisor and schedule your required advising appointment.
  • Your academic department may automatically assign an advisor to you. Check your my.BoiseState account to identify your assigned advisor.  Your academic advisor’s name will appear under “Program Advisor”, in the bottom right-hand corner on your Student Center or under the “My Academics” tab once you’re logged into your my.boisestate account.
  • If you have not declared a major, schedule an appointment with the Advising and Academic Support Center.
    • For assistance with finding your advisor, call the Advising and Academic Support Center at (208) 426-4049.

Prepare For Your RAD Appointment

  • Update your major before scheduling your appointment so your advisor has your most current information.
  • Review your Degree Tracker and Academic Advisement Report (AAR) before coming to your appointment. Using these tools will give you ideas for courses to take and will help you understand program requirements.
    • Access your AAR by clicking “Academic Requirements” from the “other academic” drop down box in the “Academic”s tab in your Student Center.
  • Think of some questions you may have about your major, course selection, scheduling, etc. Your advisor can help you answer these questions in your advising appointment.  You and your advisor can talk about a variety of topics, including:
    • Realistic schedule and degree planning
    • Campus and academic resources and tools, such as Degree Tracker help, tutoring information, and Academic Advisement Report review
    • Important policies, such as the repeat or withdrawal policy
    • How to sign up for the Finish in Four Program
    • Help understanding how to use your Student Center
    • Connecting with other campus resources such as the Career Center, the Center for Global Education, Student Involvement and Leadership, etc.

About Academic Advising

Academic advising provides you with:

  • Ongoing contact with an informed and supportive advocate
  • Accurate information regarding academic requirements and policies and procedures
  • Major and career exploration opportunities
  • Exploration of necessary academic skills
  • Referral to campus and community resources

What do advisors do?

  • Help you develop an academic plan for graduation
  • Help you use Degree Tracker and interpret your Academic Advising Report (AAR). They also help you understand major requirements, University Foundations, and university policies and procedures
  • Assist you in exploring a variety of majors and careers related to your interests, abilities, and goals
  • Provide information about internship, experiential learning opportunities, service learning, and networking opportunities
  • Help you sort out personal circumstances and determine how they might influence your academic progress
  • Work with you to enhance academic skills


Contact the Advising and Academic Support Center
Call: (208) 426-4049
Location: SMASH building, first floor

Student Testimonials

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"Would recommend her to any of my friends"

"Ms. Rice was very helpful and answered all of the questions I went into the appointment ready to ask. She even answered questions I did not even know I had. She helped me feel less anxious about where I currently am at in my education as well as offered a class that I did not know BSU offered, but that I am now extremely interested in. She was very friendly and would recommend her to any of my friends needing academic advisement."

Toree Denmark