Advising Process

Each semester, IE students are required to meet with an academic advisor for planning the upcoming term. The schedule for advising is set based on the registration period start dates for the student classifications, which is determined by the earned credit hours up to that registration period for each student.

Registration Periods

The registration time ticket schedule for the Spring and Summer 2016 registration period is as follows:

Spring 2016 Registration Time Ticket periods:
Priority (ROTC, Athletes, Band, etc.): 10/26 to 10/31
Seniors: 11/2 to 11/7
Juniors: 11/9 to 11/14
Sophomores: 11/16 to 11/21

Freshmen: 11/23 to 11/25 and 11/30 to 12/1
Open Registration (all classifications): 12/6 to 1/18/2016

Summer 2016 Registration Time Ticket periods:
Priority (ROTC, Athletes, Band, etc.): 2/1 to 2/6
Seniors: 2/8 to 2/13
Juniors: 2/15 to 2/20
Sophomores: 2/22 to 2/27

Freshmen: 2/29 to 3/5
Open Registration (all classifications): 3/7

* Open registration end dates for summer term depend on the module. For the spring term, the open registration period ends 1/18/16.

A student may register (and make changes to their schedules) during their time ticket period, or during the open registration period.

Advising Process

An advising appointment, if a student is prepared, should take between 5 and 15 minutes.

  1. An advisor will send an email to the IE population inviting students to sign up for a registration appointment. These emails will be sent to the different classification groups as their registration period approaches.
  2. Students will sign up for an advising appointment (LINK TBD) at their convenience. Each student will have completed the PIN Release Form (at least their personal information and required classes) prior to their appointment. **Depending on the browser, the Pin Release Form may download without a file extension. If so, simply add .pdf to the end of the file name to open.
  3. The advisor will update the student's plan of study (POS) document, and discuss the student's current semester progress.
  4. Courses for the following semester will be discussed, and the POS and PIN Release Form will be updated accordingly.
  5. The advisor will issue the student their Registration PIN and give the student a copy of their updated POS. The student will receive an email with scanned copies of the completed PIN Release Form and updated POS.
  6. An advisor will update the notes section of the student's MyPurduePlan with the list of courses discussed and registration PIN.

Note: Students are given ample time to make an appointment prior to their registration start date. Therefore, student's attempting to be advised prior to their appointment will be asked to leave and return during the appropriate period.

Students are encouraged to plan their entire academic program and are always free to discuss longer range planning during advising meetings. Students may use the IE Plan of Study Planning Sheet to accomplish this or MyPurduePlan to accomplish this.

What every student should do prior to your advising meeting

Each student should make an attempt to view the courses offered during the semester for which they are registering prior to their appointment. If your advising period starts prior to courses being officially announced by the university, then utilizing the previous semester will help in selecting classes (e.g., Registering for spring 2016? Then look at the courses that were offered in spring 2015). Doing this little bit of work in advance allows the registration appointment to move smoothly, and prevents the student from looking foolish.

Other advising period advice/considerations

  1. For courses that have a known following course (e.g., IE 48600 follows IE 38600) nearly all students take them sequentially. If you are in IE 38600 one semester, then you should be moving on to IE 48600 the next. Other courses where this is important include MA 26500 and IE 33500; ME 27000 and NUCL 27300; and IE 33500 and IE 38300. A sample plan of study, indicating the normal timings for courses, is located here.
  2. When considering elective courses, consider what type of career you would like to have, or what type(s) of industries you would like to work in. Do you know about what type of skills would benefit you for that particular career/industry? If so, try to find courses that match with that career goal. For example, students who want to be focus more on management would benefit from taking extra communications courses (e.g., COM 31400, 31800, 32500). Students who want to work in manufacturing might want more process control background (courses like IE 53000 and 53300).
  3. The IE advisors never recommends courses based on their "ease." First, how easy a class is depends on a student's aptitude for the course material and motivation. Second, "ease" is certainly no way to select courses. You are here for an education, not simply a degree.