Indiana University

Academic Advising

Our advising team can help you understand degree requirements and select courses that fit your interests and career goals.

Advisors also help students get involved in co-curricular activities and experiential learning opportunities, access campus career services, and plan for graduate school.

Location: Psychology Room 229
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am - noon & 1 - 5 pm
Office Phone: (812) 855-2151

Got a quick question? Email us if your question is quick and you can't find the answer in the FAQs below. Otherwise, make an appointment.

Are you making an appointment to prepare for registration or to adjust your class schedule? Before your appointment, see Register for Classes to review your degree requirements and find classes. Bring a list of the classes you're thinking about and questions for your advisor to your appointment.

Schedule a 30-minute appointment:

  1. Log in to Starnet with your IU username and passphrase.
  2. Search for a PSY advisor by typing in their last name:
    • Brown (Chrissy)
    • Campbell (Pauline)
    • Gibson (Sara)
    • Ostrander (Serena)
    • Thomas (Lauren)
  3. Click on View Calendar and then select the (available) day and time you wish to meet.
  4. Fill in the requested data to schedule the appointment. You will need to include your ID #.

  • You must schedule appointments at least 24 hours in advance. During registration it's best to schedule 7-10 days before the date you want to meet with an advisor!
  • Record your appointment date & time in your personal calendar. An e-mail reminder of the scheduled appointment will be sent to your IU e-mail account the day before the appointment.
  • If necessary, you can return to Starnet to check the appointment you've scheduled or to cancel or to reschedule your appointment.
  • If you are not physically on this campus, we can advise by phone. Please schedule an appointment by calling 812-855-2151 and our administrative assistant will schedule your appointment. This is the only appointment scheduling he will do.

Early Enrollment is the period each semester for continuing students to register for classes for the next term.

  • Early Enrollment for Fall classes starts in early April.
  • Early Enrollment for Spring classes starts in mid-October.
  • Early Enrollment for Summer classes starts in mid-March.

Academic advising for registration starts 2-4 weeks before Early Enrollment:

  • If you already know the classes you need to take next semester, then you do not need to schedule a meeting with your advisor before you register online.
  • If you have questions, and want to meet with a PBS Academic Advisor before registering, consult our Register for Classes page. During the registration period, advisors see students by seniority - you'll receive an email from the PBS Advisors as to when they want to see seniors, juniors, sophomores, and first year students. Appointments fill up quickly - schedule your appointment 7-10 days in advance.

Your Enrollment Appointment is the date and time at which you can begin enrolling in classes via Onestart. You won't be able to enroll in classes before the time set for your enrollment appointment. You do not have register at this precise time, but you should register as close to this time as possible to ensure the best selection of courses.

The date & time of your personal appointment is based on your class standing - the more credits you've earned, the earlier your appointment. To see your personal Enrollment Appointment:

  • Log into Onestart and click on the Student Self-Service tab.
  • Click on the Student Center tab and look for the blue box on the right side of the screen labeled, Enrollment Dates.
  • Click on details to see the time of day you've been assigned.

Your Enrollment Appointment is an appointment time within the online registration system - you don't need to go to a specific place on campus or meet with an actual person, you just need to be able to access Onestart.

Consult the PBS Register for Classes page to review your degree requirements and select courses.


You can use Onestart to add or drop a class anytime between when you first register for classes up until the Automatic Withdrawal (Auto W) deadline for that term.

Exactly what you'll have to do depends on your timeframe: Carefully read Drop or Add a Class.

Students may withdraw from a class for any reason up until the Automatic W Deadline date for that term:

The Drop/Add Access Fee and Late Schedule Change Fee are posted on the Tuition and Fee Rates page - select Miscellaneous from the drop down menu.

After the Automatic W date has passed, students may petition the Dean for withdrawal for urgent reasons beyond the student's control related to extended illness or equivalent distress.

The desire to avoid a low grade is not sufficient reason for the Dean to approve a withdrawal. If students withdraw with the Dean's consent, their grade in the course shall be W if they are passing at the time of withdrawal or F if they are not passing at the time of withdrawal.

Go to Student Central's Drop or Add a Class page, click on the Choose Your Time Frame tab to read After the Auto-W Deadline, After the Last Day to Drop a Course, and After the End of the Term.

Read the College of Arts & Sciences' Withdrawals from Courses Policy.

If you are considering withdrawing from all of your classes, we encourage you to talk with your Academic Advisor before taking any action - this is a very serious step.

The policy and procedures for withdrawing from all courses depend on when you withdraw. See Withdraw from IU.

Students should check their grades frequently throughout the semester in Oncourse. For each class in which you're enrolled, click on the Gradebook link to see the scores your instructor has recorded for you for their class.

Instructors must report Early Evaluation (midterm) grades for University Division students at the start of the 6th week of the regular academic term. View your Early Evaluation Grades.

See Explanation of Grades to learn how your GPA is determined.

Use the GPA Calculator to estimate your GPA for the current semester.

In the College of Arts & Sciences, the Pass/Fail Option is limited to a maximum of two elective courses per academic year.

If you want to take a class pass/fail, then you'll need to contact an advisor in your major department to obtain a form and submit it to the College Recorder's Office before the relevant deadline - which is typically fairly early in the semester. See Pass/Fail Option deadlines:

The grade of incomplete is intended for students who are absent during the last portion of the term and are therefore unable to take the final exam or complete a final project for an urgent reason.

The student must have completed their work throughout the semester and be passing the class at the time the urgent situation arises.

Contact your instructor immediately if a situation arises that will prevent you from taking the final exam or completing a final project - be prepared to document your situation.

If you receive a grade of incomplete, you will have to work with your current instructor to complete the course as soon as possible after your situation has resolved.

The College of Arts & Sciences Bulletin explains: Grade of Incomplete.

Students who receive a grade lower than an A may be eligible, upon retaking the course, to remove the first grade from their grade point average (GPA).

See the College of Arts & Sciences Bulletin on Extended-X Policies and Procedures.

Students wishing to exercise this option must visit their advisor to complete an Extended-X (EX) petition.

If you're experiencing academic difficulties, speak with an academic advisor in your major department right away.

If you're placed on Academic Probation, a letter will be sent to you regarding your academic situation. Continued poor academic performance may result in dismissal from the College.

Read the College of Arts & Sciences policy on Academic Probation and Dismissal.

Add: You can graduate with up to three minors on your record. Talk with your academic advisor before you add a minor to make sure it will fit with your current academic program.

  • You can apply online for a Psychology Minor or submit an application for a Neuroscience Certificate to the PBS Academic Advising Office (PY229).
  • You can apply for minors in business, education, informatics, medical sciences, or public and environmental afairs at the College Recorder's Office.
  • For other departments, you'll need to check their website for instructions. You may need to meet with an academic advisor for the department(s) in which you wish to minor.

Drop: You can drop any minor via the College Recorder's Office homepage.

Add: Talk with your academic advisor before you add a second major to make sure you understand how it will impact your current academic program.

  • Bachelor of Arts degree students can add a second major by meeting with an academic advisor for the department that offers the major they wish to declare.
  • Bachelor of Science degree students can't just add a second major, but they do have the option of earning a dual degree. Talk with your academic advisor about this option.

Drop: You can drop a second major via the College Recorder's Office homepage.

Change: Changing your major is a serious step. Meet with the academic advisor in your current major department to discuss your options. To change your major, you must meet with an academic advisor for the department that offers the major you wish to declare. The advisor will process the change on your behalf.

The online Credit Transfer Service shows how courses taken at other colleges and universities would transfer to IU Bloomington.

You can search the database in two different ways:

  • If you would like to transfer to IU Bloomington from another college or university and you want to see how your credits would transfer, you can search by the school from which you would like to transfer.
  • If you are a current IU Bloomington student and you would like to take a course at another institution (during the summer or while studying abroad) to transfer back to IU, you can search by the IU course number for which you would like to earn credit. You'll need to request a Transient Letter before you enroll in courses at another institution. See Take Courses Outside IU for more information.

You must apply to graduate online at the College Recorder's website many months ahead of your desired graduation date:

  • May Graduation - June 1 of the previous year
  • August Graduation - December 1 of the previous year
  • December Graduation - March 1


Psychology and neuroscience majors are welcome to drop by the PBS Academic Advising Office (PY229) and browse through our books anytime the office is open.

Books in our library - listed below - are available for one-week checkout to our majors.

  • Majoring in Psychology: Achieving Your Educational and Career Goals. Strategies to become a successful undergraduate in psychology - manage your time wisely and earn good grades.
  • The Psychology Major: Career Options and Strategies for Success. Tips on how to do well in all classes, find research ideas, and write papers in general APA format.
  • What Psychology Majors Could (and Should) Be Doing: An Informal Guide to Research Experience and Professional Skills. By getting out of the classroom and actively participating in the real world of psychology, students can build skills that will prepare them for the competitive realms of graduate school and the workforce.
  • You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career. Indispensable for twenty-somethings, this guide replaces obsolete thinking that "major = career". Using positive psychology and mapping exercises you will reframe your skills, reflect on your experiences, discover overlooked opportunities, and be on the way to finding a true calling.
  • Getting from College to Career: 90 Things to Do Before You Join the Real World. How do you get a job without experience and get experience without a job? A guide to building the experience, skills, and confidence you need before starting your first major job search. Action oriented tips range from simple to expert and include how to educate yourself on the job market, start your career search, and network with professionals.
  • Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads: Finding a Path to Your Perfect Career. The collective wisdom of a diverse and inspiring cast of success stories — twenty-three liberal arts graduates who have gone on to all manner of fascinating and satisfying professions. Smart Moves provides essential career advice while being fun to read.
  • Finding Jobs with a Psychology Bachelor's Degree: Expert Advice for Launching Your Career. If graduate school is not in your immediate plans, this book is for you. Twenty-eight professionals describe their work and how their bachelor's degree helped get them there. Salary and benefits for a variety of jobs and advice and questions to help you reflect on classes, internships, experiences, and attitudes that will make you a success in your career of choice.
  • The Insider's Guide to the Psychology Major: Everything You Need to Know About the Degree and Profession. An overview of the psychology major, disciplines within the field, career opportunities, internships, and resources for students. Whether the ultimate goal is to enter the workforce or graduate school, following this insider guidance will increase undergraduates' chances of success.
  • Majoring in Psychology: Achieving Your Educational and Career Goals. Key steps to prepare for a job or graduate study and biographies of national figures in their respective subfields. Also - guidance to ensure your personality traits and abilities match the skills that potential career paths demand.
  • Great Jobs for Psychology Majors. You've worked hard for that psychology degree. Now what? This book provides profiles of careers of interest to many psychology majors.
  • Careers in Psychology: Opportunities in a Changing World. Brief info about careers available for those who possess an undergraduate degree in psychology. Detailed descriptions of careers available for those who go on to graduate school - clinical and counseling, neuropsychology, school, forensic, health, sports, industrial/organizational, and consumer psychology.
  • What Can You Do with a Major in Psychology? Real People. Real Jobs. Real Rewards. Advice on college and curriculum choices, internships and more. Profiles of real graduates, their jobs, and how they got them: Art therapist, sports psychologist, forensic psychologist, school psychologist, corporate psychologist, and community psychologist.
  • Applied Psychology: New Frontiers and Rewarding Careers. Explore cutting-edge research careers and non-traditional career opportunities in which psychological science is being used to promote human welfare. Contributors describe a range of careers related to ecological sustainability, interpersonal relationships, bridging cultures, promoting health, and improving work life.
  • Career Paths in Psychology: Where Your Degree can Take You. A must-have resource for students contemplating a career in psychology. Authors selected for their distinction in their chosen careers offer their professional-and personal-perspectives on 19 different graduate-level careers in psychology in academia, clinical & counseling psychology, hospitals, public service, businesses, and schools.
  • Life as a Psychologist: Career Choices and Insights. "Oster offers a book that came about when he began to transition his career.... Seeking motivation, he solicited stories from his colleagues on how their careers in psychology evolved.... The stories and advice in this book should motivate students to think bigger about what they can do after graduation." Editorial Review by Choice
  • Your Career in Psychology: Clinical and Counseling Psychology. Introduces students to the variety of forms that clinical or counseling psychology careers may take. Each chapter presents a career path, including an overview, advantages and disadvantages, and a profile of a psychologist who has chosen that path.
  • Finding Your Counseling Career: Stories, Procedures, and Resources for Career Seekers. Describes counseling positions in different settings - educational, private/independent practice, coaching and consulting, governmental settings, and more. Explains different types of licenses, certificates, and other professional counseling credentials. The journeys of fourteen counseling professionals are presented.
  • The Emerging Professional Counselor: Student Dreams to Professional Realities. Information and insight on development as a professional counselor. Areas include choosing a graduate program, how to get the most from a program, critical early decisions about specialization and gaining experience, supplementing one's formal education, strategies for finding a job, and the transition from student to employed professional.
  • Careers In Counseling And Human Services. Examples of counseling and human services careers in seven different work settings, all written by professionals in that particular area: schools, higher education, business and industry, private practice, federal and state agencies, health care facilities, residential treatment, and community-based support programs. Information is provided about licensure, certification, program accreditation, and steps for career decision-making.
  • A Guidebook to Human Service Professions: Helping College Students Explore Opportunities in the Human Services Field. Are you interested in a career helping people, but unsure about your career options? This book provides excellent cutting edge information about a large variety of human service professions and occupations.
  • 101 Careers in Social Work. A catalog of social work career descriptions and the challenges, skills, and educational requirements needed to succeed. Highlights the interdisciplinary nature of social work, and includes unconventional, cutting-edge career options such as forensic social work, entrepreneurship, working in political systems, international careers, community planning, and more.
  • Opportunities in Social Work Careers. Helpful descriptions of the major areas of practice within the social work field, as well as the specific jobs in and related to the profession; information on how to get the education and licensure/certification you need to qualify; advice on setting your goals and finding the right job for you; salary statistics and resources for further exploration.
  • Careers in Human Resources. If you have a high emotional intelligence quotient, keep your cool when others lose theirs, and understand the link between human capital and business strategy, HR may be the field for you. Turn to this WetFeet Insider Guide to explore the various roles available.
  • Your Career in Psychology: Industrial/Organizational Psychology. A brief introduction to the variety of forms that industrial, organizational, and human factors careers may take. Each chapter presents a career path, including an overview, advantages and disadvantages, and a profile of a psychologist who has chosen that path.
  • The I/O Consultant: Advice and Insights for Building a Successful Career. This innovative volume offers basic guidance on the fundamentals of consulting. In chapters that combine a strong grounding in contemporary I/O research with personal accounts of their career journeys and day-to-day activities, the contributors bring the basic principles conveyed by the authors to life.
  • Forensic Psychology: A Very Short Introduction. Discusses all the aspects of psychology that are relevant to the legal and criminal process as a whole - including lie detection, offender profiling, jury selection, predicting the risk of re-offending, the role of mental disorder in crime, providing guidance to all those involved in court proceedings, and expert testimony that can be provided by a psychologist at trial. Finally, how forensic psychology is used to help in the management, treatment and rehabilitation of offenders.
  • Your Career in Psychology: Psychology and the Law. This book provides a broad overview of modern forensic psychology inclduing the work involved, salaries, and training available for various careers in forensic psychology. It contains profiles of practicing psychologists to give students a clear sense of what each career involves, including Karen Franklin on expert testimony; Scyatta Wallace, a congressional fellow; and Lawrence Wrightsman for forensic psychology.
  • Preparing for Graduate Study in Psychology: 101 Questions & Answers. Important, commonly asked questions and concise, to-the-point answers that bring students up to speed on the process of applying for graduate study. Provides additional practical tools in the appendices such as a timetable, a worksheet for comparing graduate programs, and ranking information on graduate programs in psychology.
  • Getting In: A Step-by-Step Plan for Gaining Admission to Graduate School in Psychology. Useful timelines, tips, and tools break tasks into manageable steps and help readers define their goals, select programs, and navigate the application process. Learn what criteria admissions committees use to evaluate applicants, how to improve your qualifications, and showcase your talents in your application. Addresses the costs of a graduate education and financial aid.
  • Applying to Graduate School in Psychology: Advice From Successful Students and Prominent Psychologists. This in-depth book provides prospective graduate students with the insider knowledge needed to bolster their confidence and gain a competitive edge. Personal accounts from both peers and experts, practical advice, and encouragement. Renowned psychologists share their academic and career development stories and provide meaningful insight into the rewards and challenges of the field.
  • Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D. Is graduate school right for you? Should you get a master's or a Ph.D.? How can you choose the best possible school? Based on interviews with career counselors, graduate students, and professors, it's packed with real-life experiences. Includes instructions on applying to school and for financial aid and all the advice you'll need to thrive in graduate school.
  • Barron's New GRE. Offers intensive practice and review for all question types plus a diagnostic test and two full-length model GREs with answer keys and explanations for all questions answered. The authors also present a test overview and valuable chapters on test-taking tactics.
  • Cracking the GRE Psychology Subject Test. Use our strategies and techniques to boost your accuracy, increase your pacing and familiarize yourself with the test format, understand the topics that will most likely appear on the test, and put your best foot forward on your grad school application.
  • Graduate Admissions Essays: Write Your Way into the Graduate School of Your Choice. 50 sample essays - selected from thousands of candidates-showcase the best of the best, while the Essay Hall of Shame identifies common pitfalls to avoid.
  • Graduate Study in Psychology 2014. A great source of information for graduate programs in all specialties of psychology - clinical, cognitive, developmental, social, neuroscience.... It includes:
    • orientation and emphasis of departments and programs
    • number of applications received and individuals accepted by each program
    • dates for applications and admission
    • types of information required for an application (GRE scores, letters of recommendation, resumes etc.)
    • tuition costs and availability of internships and scholarships
    • employment information of graduates
  • Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology: 2014/2015 Edition. The premiere source of information about graduate programs in clinical and counseling psychology. It provides step-by-step advice to help undergraduate students prepare for graduate school by completing prerequisite coursework, accumulating clinical experience, and preparing strong application materials. The volume provides current data on 308 clinical and counseling psychology programs including:
    • program specializations or tracks
    • theoretical orientations of faculty members
    • a rating for each program on a continuum of practice-oriented (1) to research-oriented (7)
    • clinical opportunities and research areas
    • admission requirements (GRE, GPA) and acceptance rates
    • advice on financial assistance and loans
    • information required for an application (sample forms, personal statements, etc.)
  • Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D. This classic guide helps graduate students finish in less time, for less money, and with less trouble. It has all the advice a student will need not only to survive but to thrive in graduate school, including: how to excel on qualifying exams; how to manage academic politics; and how to write and defend a top-notch thesis. Most important, it shows you how to land a job when you graduate.
  • Surviving Graduate School in Psychology: A Pocket Mentor. What happens after you've been accepted into a psychology graduate program? How can you best prepare for the challenges ahead and make the most of your graduate school career? Pragmatic, step-by-step advice for new graduate students on such essential topics as managing your money, adapting to unspoken rules, navigating departmental politics, understanding how and where learning takes place, maintaining personal and professional relationships, thriving in practicum and internships, and developing an identity as a psychologist.
  • The Portable Mentor: Expert Guide to a Successful Career in Psychology. Written for students and early career psychologists, this book is a professional development handbook with practical guidelines and suggestions for mastering virtually every professional task encountered during the first decade of a career in psychology.

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