Tips & Reminders for Advising Current Students

  • Due to the changes in registration tools and the curriculum, your role as academic advisor is more important than ever, and therefore it is essential that you meet with all advisees during ICE
  • You may email your advisees using the ARMS tool to let them know when you want to schedule your appointments!
  • You give your advisees "permission" to submit their ICE (initial course election) picks when you and your students are satisfied with the course elections (students can email you their course elections prior to hitting the "submit" button)
  • While all students may submit their course elections during ICE, the system will "batch" in class standing priority order (seniors, then juniors, then sophomores)
  • Students will receive their new class schedules on November 30
  • After that, students may adjust their schedules (CAP - course adjustment period) and you will be notified via email of those adjustments
  • Students who meet the eligibility criteria can add overload courses during CAP

Advising Tips for Current Students Using the ICE tool:

  • ICE (initial course election) replaces the former pre-registration system
  • ICE picks are entered in blocks of three, each block representing a priority area (the first block represents three courses the student may elect as her/his first priority, e.g. "For my first choice, I want HST 121-01 or HST 121 any section or REL 120-04". The second block represents three courses the student may elect as her/his second priority, e.g. "For my second choice, I want SPN 111-03 or SPN 111-04 or SPN 111-01", etc.) Also, students do not have to list three selections in each block; one course may be listed in multiple blocks as long as it is not the first choice in a previous block
  • To increase the likelihood of schedule satisfaction, encourage students to:
    • elect GER courses that might further their interests, experiences, and knowledge base rather than choosing courses primarily in terms of specific professors or preferred class times,
    • identify an array of course elections,
    • use all six blocks, and
    • use the seventh and eighth blocks for additional course elections for which specific sections are not a concern.

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