Completing Your Standard Academic Planning Worksheet
What do I need to know to complete the APW?
If you have moved through the first three of the “First Steps” on this web site, you are well equipped to complete your APW.
In Prepare for Orientation Advising you learned what your orientation advising conference will be like and how to prepare for your meeting with an advisor.
In Explore Majors, Minors & Certificates you reviewed all the majors offered at Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) and investigated specific majors and first courses of interest.
If you missed any or all of these steps, please return to them now before completing the APW. Your orientation advisor will expect that you have “done your homework” and will be ready to work with you to have a productive first advising session and a strong first semester enrollment—if you come prepared!
What should I list on my APW?
The APW contains detailed instructions for completion. On the front, you will list all prior college credit, majors of interest, and questions for your orientation advisor.
The APW is a good place to note whether you require accommodations. Your advisor will use this information when making course recommendations. You should also contact the IU Office of Disability Services for Students (DSS) and request your accommodations as soon as possible. To request accommodations, visit http://studentaffairs.iub.edu/dss/ or call (812) 855-7578.
On the back, list courses that interest you. Courses of interest can help you fulfill Gen Ed requirements, explore majors that sound appealing, and make progress toward the major that will be the best for you.
The first four sections on the back of the APW provide space to list four to six courses from each of the following IUB Gen Ed categories:
- Arts and Humanities (A&H)
- Social and Historical (S&H)
- Natural and Mathematical (N&M)
- World Languages and Cultures (WLC)
These courses are certain to count for Gen Ed for every major at IUB.
The final section of your APW gives you space to list additional courses, including major courses, more Gen Ed courses of interest, and elective courses.
Reading course descriptions will help you find courses for your APW.
Be open to lots of possibilities! Include every course that might help you make a great start in your first semester at IUB.