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UF 100 Advising and Student Success Resources

Supporting Your Success

We are here to help you develop and enhance your ability to be a successful Boise State student. Explore the sections below to find out more about some of the resources available to help you along your academic journey.


Important Dates and Deadlines

The following table displays important University dates for Spring 2018 regular session courses. Please refer to the Spring 2018 Academic Calendar for more information and for other session deadlines.

January 12Last day to register/add a course without a permission number
January 14Drop fee begins
January 15Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day / Idaho Human Rights Day (No classes and University offices are closed)
January 22Last day to drop a course without a "W"
February 15Deadline to complete 2018-19 FAFSA in order to be considered for need-based aid and scholarships for next year
February 19President's Day (No classes and University offices closed)
March 18Last day to drop a course with a "W" grade
March 26-30Spring Break (No classes but University offices are open)
April 27Last day of course instruction
April 30 - May 4Finals Week

Syllabus 101

What is a syllabus, and why should I care?

Infographic explaining importance of syllabus

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Student with laptop celebrating next to Student Lingo logo

Boise State students have access to a series of free, interactive modules designed to explore several aspects of being a successful student. To access the modules, you will need to go to the Boise State StudentLingo page. The first time you visit the StudentLingo site, you will need to create an account using your Boise State email address. Available modules include:

  • What It Takes To Be A Successful Student
  • Learning Strategies Every Student Should Know
  • Developing Critical Thinking Skills
  • Handling Failure In and Out of the Classroom
  • Exam Preparation Tips and Test-Taking Strategies
  • Study Tips and Note-Taking Strategies
  • Time Management: Strategies for Success
  • Reading Comprehension Strategies
  • How to Reduce Test Anxiety
  • The Difference Between High School and College
  • Improving Student-Faculty Relationships
  • How To Develop Your Cross-Cultural Skills
  • Online Courses: Staying Motivated and Disciplined
  • Emotional Intelligence: The Other Key to Academic Success
  • How To Succeed in Math

Academic Support Resources

We want you to be successful in all of your courses, not just UF 100. To that end, we’d like to share a few resources for you to take advantage of on your academic journey.

  • Faculty: Your professors are a great resource to help with course material and with developing as a student. Visit them during office hours (all faculty members are required to hold them) to:
    • Get help with questions or difficult concepts. Your professor is the subject matter expert and knows exactly what they are looking for on particular assignments. Ask for help to ensure that you accurately understand material, you can apply key concepts, and you are prepared for what comes next either in that class or a subsequent course.
    • Build a relationship with a person who can help you achieve your goals. Getting to know your professors and allowing them to get to know you better outside of class improves your chances of having research or internship opportunities as a student and of having someone who can write a strong letter of recommendation for you for graduate school or future employment.
  • Advisor: Your academic advisor can help with so much more that course sequencing and scheduling. Meet with your advisor to:
    • Make sure your path is aligned with your interests and abilities.
    • Find out more about things you can do outside of the classroom and campus resources you can utilize to help meet your goals.
  • Tutoring: Boise State offers in-person tutoring and learning assistant sessions as well as online tutoring for a variety of subjects. The cost of these services is included in your tuition and fees, so take advantage of the support available to you early and often.

Required Advising

All first semester Boise State students, including both first-time and transfer students, are required to meet with their academic advisor prior to enrolling in courses for the following semester. Additionally, any undeclared students must meet with an AASC advisor each semester. You will see a Required Advising (RAD) hold on your Student Center until you complete your advising appointment.

Check out the AASC RAD hold page for more information!

The 4 GPAs You Need to Know

There are 4 grade point averages (GPAs) that you must be aware of as a Boise State student:

  • Semester or Term GPA: The GPA you earn during a single semester of classes at Boise State. You will have a semester or term GPA for every term you are enrolled in classes.
  • Boise State GPA: The GPA you earn from all coursework taken at Boise State. It does not factor in any of your transfer work.
  • Cumulative GPA: This GPA is calculated by combining your Boise State GPA with the GPA you earned at any institutions from which you have transferred credits.
  • Comprehensive GPA: This GPA is used to determine your eligibility for federal financial aid. It may be different from your Boise State GPA and different still from your cumulative GPA. Your Boise State and cumulative GPA exclude grades in certain situations, including pass/fail courses that you pass, course or complete withdrawals, and course repeats. However, your comprehensive GPA calculation includes all grades you receive either at Boise State or at other institutions.

Your semester or term, Boise State, and cumulative GPA can all be found on your transcript.

Your comprehensive GPA can be found on your Student Center under the “Other Academic” menu listed under the “Check Satisfactory Academic Progress” option.

Check out the following links for more information on how each of your GPAs are calculated.

Student Testimonials

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"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."

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