The School of Informatics and Computing advising team strives to create a welcoming, inclusive, supportive and collaborative environment. We are committed to providing quality individualized advising that cultivates student growth and success. Our programs and services are designed to encourage personal, academic and professional development.
Current SoIC Students and Prospective IU Students
Our academic advisors can assist you with a variety of things, from understanding your degree requirements, helping you explore student organizations and other leadership opportunities to creating your personal development plan. Anytime you need assistance, you can make an advising appointment online, give us a call or visit us during walk-in hours.
Make an Appointment
When you schedule your advising appointment, you’ll need to choose the appropriate advisor.
- If your last name begins with A-G, your advisor is Lynda Haywood-Smith in Informatics East, Room 101.
- If your last name begins with H-N, your advisor is Melody Lynch-Kimery in Informatics East, Room 146.
- If your last name begins with O-Z, your advisor is Shamim R. Ali in Informatics East, Room 144.
The advisors will not be available for walk-in advising during priority registration (remaining weeks in October and all of November). Walk-in advising will resume in December.
- Check out the School of Informatics and Computing Undergraduate Academic Bulletins.
- Look up academic dates and deadlines—such as when registration begins and drop/add ends—through the Office of the Registrar.
- B.S. in Computer Science students can use this planning worksheet (PDF) to chart which courses they will take, semester by semester.
- Have a question? Check our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
The Student Services Office maintains a list of tutors for all of the core Computer Science and Informatics courses. The tutors listed have had success in these particular courses and have agreed to be available for students who want private tutoring sessions. All of the fees and meeting times are arranged between the tutor and the student being tutored. The department does not have any role in arranging or coordinating tutoring sessions and cannot guarantee the effectiveness of any tutor. If you need help in your Computer Science or Informatics courses, please feel free to contact any of the tutors listed for that particular course. Fall 2013 Tutor List.
Learn More about SoIC Academic Advising
To aspire to be recognized as exemplars at engaging students in an integrative academic advising, self-assessment, and career exploration process designed to help students identify and realize their academic, professional, and personal goals.
The Advising Team Values include:
- Developing relationships with students that continue from point of entry through graduation and beyond.
- Creating an honest, accessible, and inviting atmosphere.
- Responding to inquiries in a timely manner.
- Communicating clearly and effectively.
- Engaging in interactive discussions with students.
- Modeling respectful, courteous, and collegial dialogue.
- Recognition of accomplishments.
- Empowering students to formulate their personal, academic and professional development plan.
- Evaluating students’ past academic performance to direct future decision making.
- Understanding and educating students about academic requirements, policies, and procedures.
- Disseminating complex information using a realistic and supportive approach.
- Providing students with success strategies to meet their academic goals.
- Acting as an advocate in a student-centered environment.
- Serving as a referral and connecting students, staff, faculty, and campus community to applicable resources.
- Continuing to learn about the most current trends in advising, technology, and computing careers.
- Engaging in development opportunities that promote professional growth.
Students who fully engage in SoIC interactive advising services will:
- Learn how to prepare for a productive advising session.
- Participate in advising sessions that foster critical thinking and problem solving.
- Be prepared to engage in goal setting.
- Understand the importance of taking responsibility for meeting their goals.
- Actively seek the assistance of Career Services.
- Be able to create a personal, academic, and professional development plan.
- Be knowledgeable about their degree requirements and how they relate to long term plans.
- Know how to access their academic advising report and monitor their academic progress.
- Be able to understand and interpret their academic advising report.
- Have the knowledge required to comprehend School/University policies and procedures.
- Understand the importance of forming mentoring relationships.
- Learn about the value and relevance of experiential and co-curricular opportunities.
- Learn how to access and utilize applicable campus resources to meet their needs.
- Be prepared to graduate in four years.