“Advising really helped me find direction!” —Sarah A., Class of 2010
The Office of Advising Services Information and Support (OASIS) serves entering first-year students and students with undeclared majors.
Professional academic advisors help students determine courses each semester to complete general education requirements and prepare for a major course of study. They also monitor student progress and connect students with other services on campus. Additionally, OASIS serves as a resource to other academic and student service units on campus, as well as to faculty and professional advisors in the colleges and major departments.
OASIS is conveniently located on the 4th floor of Brookens Library next to the The Learning Hub. The office houses a library of four-year advising guides for all undergraduate majors and minors. Peer advisors are available daily to assist with common questions about major prerequisites and curriculum planning. Appointments can be made with OASIS advisors through Starfish on Blackboard or by sending a request to an advisor via email. The OASIS staff will connect you with other resources across campus as needed, all in the interest of supporting your academic success.
OASIS also administers three programs focused on supporting academic success in the early semesters of one’s academic career.
- Entering students are asked to take Placement Exams to ensure the most appropriate placement in their beginning classes. Scores from the placement exams give a more precise indicator of skill level, thereby allowing placement in courses for which they are best prepared. Placement Exams are proctored through the Office of Testing Services.
- The UIS Early Alert and Student Success program is an early identification and intervention program designed to recognize students experiencing academic difficulties early in the semester and give them the resources to have a successful academic experience.
- The Peer Advisor/Peer Mentor Program provides additional support to help new students transition into college life through individual and small group interactions with a peer leader. New students who are undecided about their major are assigned a Peer Advisor who can help provide direction to many of the new situations and responsibilities. Students who are decided about a major are assigned a Peer Mentor who helps guide appropriate decision making about courses and career paths related to that major.