Academic Advising Center
Vandal Success Center, Idaho Commons 306; 208-885-6300; email@example.com.
The Advising Services program serves as a clearinghouse for academic advising information and is a point of contact where new and continuing students receive help in finding their way to the appropriate college and department advisors. Advising Services is also a center for delivery of development programs on academic advising for faculty and staff advisors. Advising Services staff can assist students considering a change of major and consult with advisors and students who have questions regarding general education requirements.
Academic advising is one of the cornerstones to a successful student experience at the University of Idaho. Whether you are a faculty or staff member looking for guidance on how to advise your students, or you are a student looking for academic advising on everything from choosing a major to career goals, our staff in academic advising can help. At the University of Idaho, academic advising is performed at the department- or college-level. Students are assigned an advisor by the college or department for the major(s) a student has declared.
Pre-Health Professions Advising
The Pre-Health Professions Advising Program at the University of Idaho serves as a resource for current students and alumni, from all majors, who are interested in a health professions career.
"Pre-Health" is not a specific major or academic track: it is a personal and professional development path that students pursue alongside completion of their degree requirements. Pre-health advisors assist students with prerequisite course sequencing, advice for building necessary clinical and shadowing experience, preparing to take professional school entrance exams, and guidance with the application and interview process.
Students can connect with our program by signing up for the Pre-Health Advising Contact List (this process also adds a specific pre-health cohort code to your Degree Audit, such as "pre-med" or "pre-PT"), requesting an individual advising appointment, attending workshops, and following us on Facebook.
Academic Support Programs (ASP)
Vandal Success Center, Idaho Commons 306; 208-885-1021; firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.uidaho.edu/current-students/academic-support/asp.
The mission of ASAP is to help students achieve their full potential by providing a seamless array of academic and access services in a student-focused, supportive environment.
Tutoring and College Success
Tutoring and College Success (TCS) supports all undergraduate students in their educational goals through Drop-In Tutoring (tutoring for most subjects with no appointment), Supplemental Instruction (study sessions for difficult courses), and Academic Coaching (success consultations, workshops and presentations, and for-credit success strategies course).
Student Support Services - a TRIO program
Student Support Services (SSS), an academic support program, assists 232 participating students each year to
- identify and pursue their educational goals,
- establish, maintain, or improve their academic performance, and
- work through the challenges of university life.
The SSS-Trio program offers participants individualized tutoring in most subject areas, educational planning and goal setting, academic advising, and focused learning and study skill development. SSS also provides personal support. This support is particularly helpful for students with specific needs (e.g., delayed entry or re-entry, nontraditional preparation, disabilities which impact learning, academic probation and reinstatement, or provisional admission).
To be eligible for services, a student must be either a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident, must have a need for academic services, and must be EITHER
- low income (according to federal guidelines) OR
- from a first generation family (neither parent/guardian has earned a baccalaureate degree) OR
- have a documented disability which impacts learning.
SSS Merit Scholarships (between $890-$1,000) will be awarded spring semester to each active program participant with freshman or sophomore standing, who is a PELL Grant recipient with financial need, and who makes satisfactory academic progress fall semester. Students are accepted into the program on a first-come, first-served basis and are encouraged to contact the office as early in the semester as possible.
Student-Athlete Support Services
Student-Athlete Support Services is committed to the education and success of student-athletes at the University of Idaho. SASS collaborates with cross-campus resources to support student-athletes academic progress, maintain NCAA eligibility and develop well-rounded, employable graduates. This is accomplished through nurturing study and social skill sets, encouraging initiative, self-motivation, and accountability and fostering positive, meaningful relationships within the Vandal community and beyond.
The University of Idaho Alumni Association exists to foster and coordinate the support of alumni and friends of the university in strengthening the academic, research, service, and leadership-building programs of the institution. It also provides individual alumni services to its non-dues paying members throughout the world.
All former UI students who earned a UI degree or at least 90 credits at UI, and associate and honorary alumni are members of the association. The director of alumni relations and staff, along with an elected board of directors, guide the many programs, services, and activities for the more than 75,000 members.
The Alumni Association strives to keep alumni informed about their alma mater, encourage university loyalty and material support, and apprise the university community of alumni opinion. Through a variety of awards, the association honors outstanding alumni, students, or other individuals who provide exceptional service to the institution or state of Idaho. Scholarships are given by the association to help both entering and continuing students at the university.
Alumni can maintain close ties with the university through Alumni Association services, such as travel tours, and campus, national, and worldwide gatherings for special UI occasions, including reunions and Silver and Gold Events. The association also provides and organizes support for the university through active organizations, such as the Student Alumni Relations Board and the UI Retirees Association.
Areas of recent emphasis for the association include recruiting and informing prospective students about the university, and increasing volunteer support through the development of alumni chapters and constituency groups. The association is also strengthening and expanding its membership services, through use of Internet and lifetime e-mail service.
The university is committed to providing students with a comprehensive set of career exploration and professional development services, including assistance in identifying career and major interests, developing skills and experience through academically-relevant work and experiential learning opportunities, preparing professional job/intern application materials, educating students on job search strategies, and preparing students for interviews. In addition to serving UI students and alumni, Career Services also provides assistance to academic departments and employers. Career Services provides University of Idaho students and alumni with services and resources that empower them as they make critical life decisions and pursue career success. We enhance classroom learning by facilitating career exploration, experiential learning opportunities, and access to future employers.
Career Decision-Making and Professional Development Services are available to UI students and alumni of all majors. In today’s job market, well-educated job candidates with relevant work experience are highly desired. Career Advising Liaisons help students prepare for employment by providing career education through workshops, career classes, group presentations, and individual advising sessions. The Career Services office serves students at all stages of career development, from making decisions on their major and career interests, to identifying and participating in experiential learning opportunities (internships, jobs, research experiences, and service-learning courses), to applying for professional careers upon graduation. A strong emphasis is placed upon the value of experiential learning. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities to apply classroom theory in a real-life setting, clarify their educational and career goals, gain practical skills and experiences, and learn more about themselves, their community, and their future professions.
In addition to career guidance provided by Career Advising Liaisons, Career Services also sponsors numerous professional events that connect students with potential employers. Some of these events include on-campus interviews, career fairs, etiquette dinners, and networking nights. These events connect students with hundreds of employers seeking candidates for their full-time, internship, and summer employment opportunities, as well as graduate and professional schools opportunities.
Career Services also promotes civic engagement and hands-on learning through the Service Learning Center. By training faculty on the service-learning pedagogy and providing support for service-learning projects, a growing number of students experience a much deeper level of learning through the participation in service projects within their courses.
Center for Disability Access and Resources
The University of Idaho has established services for students with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended.
The Mission of Center for Disability Access and Resources (CDAR) is to provide equal and integrated access to students with permanent or temporary disabilities. Students requesting accommodations or services must provide CDAR with appropriate disability documentation to support their request. In order to receive services in a timely manner, students are advised to make requests with adequate advance notice. Services include, but are not limited to: Deaf services, alternative text, notetaking, testing accommodations, assistive technology, transition management, housing accommodations, campus accessibility information, scholarship opportunities, advocacy, and assistance with learning as it relates to disabilities.
Students are asked to contact CDAR as soon as possible to discuss specific disability-related concerns and needs. This voluntary self-identification enables CDAR to determine appropriate and reasonable accommodations to ensure classes, programs, services and activities at the University of Idaho are accessible. Information regarding disabilities will be kept in strict confidence and has no effect on admission to the University. Federal law prohibits the Admissions Office from making preadmissions inquiries about disabilities.
Raven Scholars Program
Idaho Commons Room 330, www.uidaho.edu/current-students/cdar/raven-scholars
The Raven Scholars Program supports college success for students who are on the Autism Spectrum by providing peer mentoring, coordination of campus services, and opportunities to improve academic and life skills.
Child Care Services
UI Children’s Center, 421 Sweet Ave; www.students.uidaho.edu/uikids
The UI Children’s Center offers childcare, early schooling, and after school programs for children from 6 weeks through 8 years of age. Accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, the UI Children’s Center offers a safe and nurturing environment as well as programs which promote the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of young children. For more information, call 208-885-6414 or visit their website, www.students.uidaho.edu/uikids.
The Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences Child Development Laboratory provides childcare opportunities for preschool children. Call 208-885-6332 for information.
Conduct & Community Standards
To support the core values and mission of the University of Idaho, the staff within Conduct & Community Standards strives to uphold a balance student accountability with education and grown in regard to the Student Code of Conduct. If you need assistance with the Student Code of Conduct, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 208/885-6757.
Counseling and Testing Center
Continuing Education Building, 3rd Floor; 208-885-6716; www.ctc.uidaho.edu
Many students find that it is helpful to discuss their concerns with a professional who takes the time to listen and understand. Counselors at the Counseling & Testing Center (CTC) are available to meet with students to discuss personal, educational, or career concerns. Counseling can help students learn more about themselves and develop new skills to deal more effectively with personal problems such as depression, anxiety, stress, eating disorders, sexual abuse, relationships, academic pressures, and problems with alcohol or other substances. Counseling sessions are confidential. The CTC offers the following services: crisis intervention, individual counseling, group counseling, couples counseling, stress management, biofeedback training, educational presentations, referral, testing, and assessment of learning disabilities. For students who wish to research issues on their own or in conjunction with a counselor, the CTC has a self-help room with information to assist students with solutions to problems such as test anxiety, panic, depression, homesickness, relationship concerns, and a variety of other issues common to college students.
The CTC also offers the following career development and counseling services to help students select a major and a career direction that is right for them:
- individual counseling for major and career decision making,
- career interest testing and interpretation, and
- computerized career exploration system (DISCOVER© ).
The CTC offers a variety of testing and assessment services. These include placement tests such as COMPASS which is used to determine initial placement in math and English courses, and advanced placement exams such as CLEP which allow students to earn college credit by passing exams in a variety of subject areas. The CTC also administers many of the national testing programs such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, TOEFL, MELAB, MCAT and PRAXIS and provides a secure testing environment for students who need exams proctored. Assessment services include evaluations for learning disabilities and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. In addition, psychological, diagnostic and career assessments are often used in the context of counseling and are available at the CTC. A fee is charged for most testing and assessment services. For more detailed information go to www.uidaho.edu/CTC/testing.
Counseling services are available without charge to full-time students. A fee is charged for most assessment and proctoring services. The CTC is committed to offering services that are inclusive and respectful of all students, regardless of race and/or ethnicity, sex, color, religion, spirituality, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, or veteran status. For additional information on services provided by the Counseling & Testing Center, visit the web at www.ctc.uidaho.edu.
Dean of Students
The University of Idaho is comprised of a diverse student population that requires the UI to have a diverse student services program. The Dean of Students Office provides a variety of services that focus on assisting students. Programs and services include advising students in living groups, as well as those off campus, ethnic minority students, and veterans. In addition, the Dean of Students Office coordinates New Student Orientation, Women's Center, Child Care Center, National Student Exchange Program, student leadership activities, fraternity/sorority programs, and student discipline/conduct activities.
This wide range of programs and services includes assisting families and students who may experience crisis situations that disrupt normal academic activities.
Staff members are trained to work with individuals and groups of students, or serve as a liaison between students, departments, and agencies on and off campus.
All of the services and programs are supportive of the academic mission of UI and are an integral part of the student's total education at the university. Services offered by the Dean of Students Office are highlighted below.
Fraternity and Sorority Life
The University of Idaho is home to fourteen sororities on campus. Four chapters are governed by the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC): Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc., Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc., Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc., and Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. These organizations are inclusive and accept students regardless of ethnicity or race; you don’t need to identify with a specific cultural or racial identity to qualify for membership. MGC Sororities engage in membership intake semiannually by hosting a showcase week where interested members take the step forward and attend informational events to determine if sorority membership is right for them. MGC sorority members may choose to live together, but they do not have a sorority house.
There are ten Panhellenic Council (PHC) sorority chapters on the University of Idaho campus. Each chapter owns and operates its own chapter house. Our PHC chapters are: Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Phi, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Delta Zeta, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Pi Beta Phi. The average cost for living in a sorority is $4,300 a semester, which includes charges for room, board, membership dues, and all activity fees.
Membership in a PHC sorority is done by mutual selection between the potential new member and the sorority through either a summer (formal) recruitment process or continuous-on-bidding which is informal and held outside of formal recruitment periods. PHC also holds an organized, though informal, spring recruitment. The selection of members in each sorority is made primarily during Formal Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment, which is held in August before the beginning of the fall semester.
The University of Idaho recognizes nineteen fraternities on campus. Among these, three chapters are governed by the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC): Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Inc., Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc., and Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Inc. These organizations are inclusive inclusive and accept students regardless of ethnicity or race; you don’t need to identify with a specific cultural or racial identity to qualify for membership. Fraternities affiliated with MGC. engage in the membership intake process semiannually by hosting a showcase week where interested members take the step forward and attend informational events to determine if fraternity membership is right for them.
Sixteen Interfraternity Council (IFC) fraternities are recognized on the University of Idaho campus. Our IFC fraternities are: Alpha Gamma Rho, Alpha Kappa Lambda, Beta Theta Pi, Delta Sigma Phi, Delta Tau Delta, FarmHouse, Kappa Sigma, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), Pi Kappa Alpha, Phi Kappa Tau, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Chi, Sigma Nu, and Theta Chi.
Membership in a fraternity is done by mutual selection, where the fraternities extend invitations to join and potential members either accept or decline these invitations during summer (formal) recruitment. IFC fraternities also engage in an open 365 day bidding process where they can engage members and offer bids to them throughout the year. The average cost for living in a fraternity is $3,300 a semester, which includes room, board, membership dues, and activity fees.
IFC fraternities may or may not offer housing (this is dependent on each individual chapter and their housing availability.
National Student Exchange
National Student Exchange (NSE) gives University of Idaho students the opportunity to attend one of 175 colleges or universities throughout the United States for one or two semesters. UI students pay UI fees or the resident fees of their host campus. Students normally need to apply by February for the next academic year. Credits earned on NSE fulfill University of Idaho residence-credit requirements.
To qualify for participation in the NSE, a student should:
- be a full-time University of Idaho student;
- be a sophomore, junior, or senior at the time of exchange; and
- have a UI grade-point average of 2.5 at the time the application is filed.
Information and applications may be obtained from the International Programs Office, LLC Building #3, Ground Floor (208-885-0858).
Violence Prevention Programs and Resource Services
Resource Specialists provide violence prevention and risk reduction programming for students, staff and faculty on campus. Services include crisis intervention and referrals for on-going campus/community resources. Individual students, student leaders, university administrators, and community medical/legal professionals collaborate with Resource Specialists to create and implement positive campus policy. Risk reduction educational programs are available to all students at no cost. For more information call 208-885-2956 or come visit us in the Teaching and Learning Center Room 232.
Veterans' Benefits for Educational Assistance
The Office of Veteran Affairs assists veterans, dependents, reservists, and national guardsmen who are eligible for educational benefits through the Veterans Administration. Students expecting to receive veteran's benefits must apply for benefits and should contact the Office of Veteran Affairs at least six weeks before the beginning of each semester.
To qualify for payments, all veterans must be released under honorable conditions. To receive full benefits, a veteran must be pursuing an approved course of study leading to a degree or other professional objective. To be considered full time, undergraduate students must carry 12 credits or the equivalent, and graduate students must carry 9 credits or the equivalent (see regulation O-1).
An advisory service is available to veterans and additional information, advice on benefits, or application forms may be obtained by writing to the veterans' advisor in the Office of the Dean of Students, PO Box 442431, Moscow ID 83844-2431, (208-885-7979); or online at www.uidaho.edu/dos.
The Women's Center staff is committed to providing a welcoming environment and a sense of community for all. At the Women's Center, we foster personal and professional growth through a network of support and services including educational programming, gender equity issues, information, referrals, and outreach.
Programs and services at the Women's Center include: brown-bag lunchtime programs (presentations and discussions covering a variety of topics); library (a circulating library of over 1,500 books and journals, primarily comprised of research, information, and literature regarding gender issues; information and referral to other agencies and services); lounge (a place to relax, read, study, get acquainted with others, and exchange ideas); newsletter (a publication announcing current programs and services, and news about women's issues). The center also assists with nontraditional student services and programs. The Women’s Center is located in Room 109 of Memorial Gym.
Human Resources, Student and Temporary Hiring
Human Resources, assists students in gaining employment experience to supplement financial support. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hiring departments across campus post available positions through the Human Resources office. All University of Idaho students are eligible to apply for positions listed on the Human Resources website. Job vacancies, applications, and additional information are available online at www.uidaho.edu/human-resources. All employment and payroll forms for students are completed at the Human Resources office.
Job Location and Development (JLD) works with the local business community to develop off-campus part-time, full-time, and summer jobs for students. The JLD office is located on the first floor of the SUB in the Student Financial Aid Office. JLD services are available to all students. Phone: 208-885-2778, website: www.uidaho.edu/financialaid.
In addition, the Idaho Department of Labor, located at 1350 Troy Highway, behind the Eastside Marketplace in Moscow, is a free service and lists jobs in the community. The classified sections of the Moscow/Pullman Daily News and the campus paper, The Argonaut, carry job listings.
Athletics Department; ASUI Kibbie Dome 2302; 208-885-0200; www.GoVandals.com
Idaho has a proud athletic tradition and sponsors 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. The teams are known as the Vandals and compete as a Division I member of the NCAA and Sun Belt (football), Big Sky (men's and women's basketball, volleyball, soccer, men's and women's indoor track and field, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf, and men's and women's cross country ) and Western Athletic (swimming and diving) conferences.
The men's program consists of teams in football, basketball, cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, tennis, and golf. The women's program consists of teams in basketball, volleyball, cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, tennis, golf, soccer and swimming and diving.
The athletic program enjoys splendid facilities. The Kibbie-ASUI Activity Center, known as the "Kibbie Dome," houses the Athletic Department offices, team locker rooms, weight room, athletic training facilities, and academic support unit. The Kibbie Dome itself is the site for football and men's and women’s basketball games played at the Cowan Spectrum within the Kibbie Dome. Historic Memorial Gymnasium is the home for Idaho volleyball. Track and field and tennis make great use of the Kibbie Dome's indoor facilities for practice and competition as well, with the five-lane, 290-meter track and the nine indoor tennis courts. The women's soccer team plays its home matches on Guy Wicks Field. The university's 18-hole championship golf course, numerous outdoor tennis courts, and the UI Swim Center complete the facility picture.
Athletic Department Mission
The University of Idaho Department of Athletics is committed to enhancing the visibility and image of the university by:
- Developing and maintaining competitive, integrity-based athletic programs
- Uniting students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community
- Educating and graduating student-athletes
- Competing for championships
The core values are: Tradition, pride, commitment to excellence, customer focus, accountability, integrity, diversity and gender equity.
Athletic Program Goals
The goals of the UI athletics program are:
- Recruit and prepare student-athletes for successful competition academically, athletically, and socially. Contend for Western Athletic Conference Championships and graduate student-athletes at rates above national averages.
- Establish a national image for the University of Idaho and engage the campus and community. Improve and expand our image through marketing and outreach activities.
- Promote diversity and gender equity. Conduct an athletics program that incorporates, fosters, and enhances gender equity and diversity.
- Increase Revenue from Development and Corporate Partner (Learfield) Sponsorship Opportunities. Annually increase revenue toward the average of Western Athletic Department institutions.
- Enhance Internal and External Relationships. Strengthen our internal and external relationships through timely meetings, increased communications, and by exhibiting high standards of personal conduct at all times.
- Attain Financial Stability. Develop a user friendly and informative budget process that ensures fiscal accountability and contributes to an athletic reserve fund.
- Continue Improving Facilities. Complete fund raising for the Kibbie Dome and identify future priorities from feasibility study.
- Enhance Support Services. Inventory and evaluate support services and processes for efficiency and effectiveness.
- Recruit, Retain, Recognize and Reward Current and Former Coaches, Staff and Student Athletes. Identify and offer rewards and recognition for current and former student-athletes, coaches and staff.
UI is committed to establishing and maintaining a campus environment that promotes cultural diversity. This is accomplished through the provision of student services that begin to address specific needs of Asian-American/Pacific Islander, Black or African-American, Chicano/Latino, and Native-American students. While offering targeted services and programs to these populations, OMA is fundamentally a campus wide resource meant to benefit the educational experience of the entire campus community by leading in the creation of an environment that supports multiculturalism and promotes inclusion.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) provides assistance to these traditionally underrepresented students in the areas of advocacy, financial aid, and accessing university student support programs. OMA is staffed by a full time director, a program coordinator and an administrative assistant. Staff members are involved in campus wide leadership and state wide organizations to promote diversity. One important resource of these efforts is a group of student mentors selected to help new multicultural students connect with resources and learn from the experiences of more experienced U of I students. This mentor group is called P.A.C.E. (Peer Advising on the College Experience). OMA continuously works with other departments across the university to resolve issues that may hinder recruitment, retention or the success of multicultural students.
Multicultural student organizations serve a vital role in retention and helping to promote and support cultural diversity on the UI campus. Some of the organizations that are currently active are the Asian American/Pacific Islander Association (AAPIA), the Native American Student Association (NASA), The Native-American Graduate Student Association, Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc., Iota Psi Phi Sorority Inc., Lambda Theta Alpha Sorority Inc,, the Interested Ladies of Lambda Theta Alpha, the University of Idaho’s Black Student Union (UI-BSU), Organizacion de Estudiantes Latino Americanos (OELA), MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanos de Aztlán), the Hispanic Business Association, Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity Inc., GSA (the Gay Straight Alliance), WOCA (Women of Color Alliance), the Men of Vision, the Hispanic Business Association (HBA), Sabor de la Raza, CAMPOS (the College Assistance Migrant Program Organization of Students), ALI (the Association of Latin-Americans and Iberians), ASA (African Students Association), the Associated Students of African Descent, and UNITY. OMA assists these and other organizations in planning and executing campus activities of special interest to their group's members (e.g., cultural heritage months, student leadership retreat, organizational meetings, and campus educational cultural activities). Many meetings of these student groups are held in the Multicultural Student Center, which is located in Rooms 228 and 229 of the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC). For further information contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs main office in room 230 of the Teaching and Learning Center at 208-885-7716 or e-mail email@example.com. To visit our web page visit www.uidaho.edu/oma.
Polya Mathematics Center
The Polya Mathematics Center is a resource for students who take mathematics courses. Polya is located on the ground floor of Brink/Phinney Hall in two large rooms. The computer room offers students mathematical software and courseware and is staffed over 80 hours each week. The study and consultation room provides space for individual and group study with readily available assistance by instructors and teaching assistants.
The pre-calculus courses MATH 108, MATH 143 are taught entirely in Polya. The students in these courses attend one focus group each week where they are guided by an instructor who provides the necessary structure and direction. Lectures are delivered at computers by streaming video so that students can view them at their convenience and review them as needed. Those who prefer a live lecture can attend the lecture series offered nine times a week. Students work homework exercises on the computer. The computer-mediated exercises offer assistance and immediate detection of errors. The flexible organization of these courses offers students the option of working at a faster pace than required in order to complete the courses in less than a semester.
The Polya Math Center staff also offers drop-in assistance for students in MATH 160, MATH 170, MATH 175, and MATH 275. The hours and location for calculus assistance varies from semester to semester and are posted on the Polya web-site.
Recreational, Social, Extracurricular, and Co-curricular Activities
Idaho Commons; 208-885-2667 Bruce Pitman Center 208-885-4636; www.uidaho.edu/studentaffairs/idaho-commons-and-student-union
Many of the programs and activities at the Idaho Commons and Student Union are co-curricular in design, linking students' academic endeavors with out-of-class learning experiences. Students can get involved in numerous functions and activities that meet their personal goals for individual growth and leisure time activity. UI student organizations in the Idaho Commons and Student Union are integral to the planning and implementation of educational, cultural, and recreational activities for the campus.
ASUI Productions is a forum for students to organize almost all entertainment each year including blockbuster film series, small concerts, coffeehouses, "open mic" nights, comedians, educational speakers, and nationally touring bands. In the process, students gain experience with event planning and marketing. Idaho Commons and Student Union Programs feature weekly foreign and alternative films, noontime and summertime concerts, and educational enrichment events. A College Bowl Tournament is also sponsored by ASUI Productions. For more information, contact the Student Activities and Leadership Programs Office in the Idaho Commons Room 302, 208-885-6331.
ASUI - Student Government is dedicated to addressing the needs of undergraduate students and the campus community at large. The Associated Students University of Idaho is an organization that represents the most important element of the university, the students. The ASUI Senate, while acting as a liaison between the undergraduate student population and university administration, plays a very active role in shaping policy. Student senators, who are elected to a two-semester term, are also given the opportunity to work with and learn more about the Idaho State Legislature and the State Board of Education. For those students who have an interest and want to shape policy in a specific area of campus life, the ASUI features many different boards: academics, activities, civic engagement, student issues, Idaho Commons and Union Facilities, ASUI productions, athletics, natural resources and conservation, and Student Recreation Center. Opportunities are also available for student appointment to university-wide committees. ASUI offices are located in the Idaho Commons in the Student Activities and Leadership Programs Office, Room 302, 208-885-6331, www.uidaho.edu/studentaffairs/department-of-student-involvement/asui.
Civic Education Project and Volunteer Programs. The national community service movement is alive and well at the University of Idaho. Our programs are dedicated to providing students with opportunities to serve the community while developing group leadership skills and a better understanding of citizenship. The program coordinates several one-day service projects with the community including ‘Make a Difference Day’ and ‘Saturday of Service’ (Youth Service Day). The program also keeps an on-going catalog of service and volunteer positions available to students and student organizations. Some University classes offer credit for service commitments, and the program assists in connecting these students to community service projects. The program promotes the belief that young people can greatly impact our communities and future through community service and by building a lifelong ethic of civic engagement. In addition, the program offers national community service based scholarship programs such as the Bonner’s Service Leaders for students, and administers these programs in the community. For more information on volunteering, contact the Student Activities and Leadership Programs Office, Idaho Commons Room 302, 208-885-6331
The Enrollment Services, located in the newly renovated Student Union, is the headquarters for Undergraduate Admissions, Registrar, Student Accounts, and Office of Undergraduate Recruitment. Branch offices of Vandal ID Card, Parking, and Housing are located near the Information Desk. The Financial Aid office and the UI Bookstore are also nearby. Tours of the campus originate from the Office of Undergraduate Recruitment on the main floor. For information on Student Union activities and services, call 208-885-INFO or 208-885-4636.
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) supports and promotes graduate student education and graduate student life at the University of Idaho. This includes creating programs and assisting graduate students during their transition from student life to professional life. GSA elections are held annually as a commitment to providing a collective voice for graduate students to the university and to the state. The GSA office is located in the Idaho Commons, Room 305, just off the Overlook Lounge. GSA can be reached at 208-885-9446 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Idaho Commons is the center of campus life and provides programs, amenities, and services to enhance the educational experience of UI students, their families, and guests. Located at the heart of campus, the Idaho Commons serves as the crossroads and meeting place for the University of Idaho. Services offered at the Idaho Commons include meeting rooms for nonacademic programs, a variety of student support services, a food court, coffee shop, convenience store, copy service, credit union, ATMs, lounges, and administrative offices. Through various programs and services, the Idaho Commons cultivates and enhances the living and learning experience of students. Our students enjoy the many aspects of the building itself while gathering with friends to study, learn, and socialize with each other in a comfortable atmosphere. Cultural enrichment programs such as art exhibits, music, and speaker presentations are available to students, other members of the university community, and area residents. For information on Commons' activities, call 208-885-CMNS (2667) or 208-885-2233.
Leadership Development starts from the moment students enroll at the University of Idaho. An annual fall leadership retreat promotes student development and growth through campus involvement. Students can stay involved throughout the year through leadership training seminars, student organizations, and meetings between student leaders and university administrators. The Group Opportunities and Leadership (GOAL) program stretches both mind and body. Through activities such as ropes courses and team initiatives, students will develop knowledge of leadership styles, conflict resolution, communication skills, and problem solving. For more information about leadership development, contact the Student Activities and Leadership Programs Office, Idaho Commons Room 302, 208-885-6331.
Looking for an adventure experience? Outdoor Programs offers classes and informal instruction in some of today's top outdoor activities; kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing, and other winter sports. Take advantage of Outdoor Programs Resource Center and Climbing Center, which includes 6000 square feet of climbing surface and a 55 foot pinnacle. Want to experience the great outdoors, but lack the gear? The Outdoor Rental Center has the most extensive inventory of quality outdoor equipment in the Northwest. From rafts, kayaks, and canoes to skis, climbing gear, and camping equipment, the Outdoor Rental Center is ready to serve students and the Moscow community with their outdoor needs. The Outdoor Program, the Outdoor Rental Center, and the Climbing Center are located in the Student Recreation Center (SRC). For information, call the Outdoor Program 208-885-6810, Rental Center 208-885-6170, www.uidaho.edu/studentaffairs/campus-recreation/outdoor-programs.
Recreational facilities located on the Moscow campus include the new Student Recreation Center with approximately 85,000 square feet devoted to student health and recreation. In it are a climbing wall with a 55 ft. high pinnacle (the highest of any university), fitness equipment, indoor jogging track, 2 full-size gyms, a multi-purpose court, 2 multi-purpose/aerobic rooms, locker rooms, and a social lounge. Additional recreation facilities include the ASUI Kibbie Activity Center, the Swim Center, an 18-hole golf course, and indoor and outdoor tennis and handball courts.
Sound, Production, and Lighting Services (SPL) offers training and experiential opportunities for student employees. SPL provides professional sound, lighting, and multimedia production for student-sponsored performance and entertainment events. Employment opportunities exist for technicians to work with sound, lights, and film. Other employment is also available to students interested in computer and network support. SPL is located on the 3rd floor of the Student Union, 208-885-6947.
In Student Media, students utilize real-world technology in the various productions of the student newspaper, yearbook, FM radio, and advertising. Argonaut , the twice-weekly student newspaper, gives students the chance to gain real-world experience in media writing, computer graphics, photography, advertising, marketing, and business management. Editors, paginators, reporters, and advertising representatives have the opportunity to work with the newest technological equipment to create a product comparable to many commercial newspapers. The Gem of the Mountains yearbook is about much more than putting out an annual; the most important commitment of the GEM staff has been their continued dedication toward preserving the UI legacy for students and alumni. KUOI-89.3 FM, the student-run campus radio station, provides a free-form alternative to other media in the Moscow-Pullman area. Students have the opportunity to serve as on-air announcers, music and programming directors, and station manager. All student media organizations are housed on the 3rd floor of the Bruce Pitman Center, 208-885-7825.
Variety is the spice of life, and there is no better place to find your niche than with the variety of Student Organizations available at the University of Idaho. With more than 150 campus-wide organizations, sports clubs, and Greek chapters, students have many choices when it comes to customizing involvement. Catch a glimpse of the options available on campus by attending the Student Involvement Fair and browsing the Student Organization Guide to Involvement. Not only is it easy to find a student organization, it is just as simple to start your own. Through resources in the Student Activities Office, new organizations can gain recognition, build membership, and apply for funding from the ASUI Activities Board. For more information, contact the Student Activities and Leadership Programs Office, Idaho Commons Room 302, 208-885-6331.
The Student Union, located at Sixth and Deakin Streets, is home to Enrollment Services; including the Registrar’s Office, Admissions, Office of Undergraduate Recruitment, Student Accounts/Cashiers, Student Financial Aid; Off-Campus Student Employment; Student Media; Sound, Production, and Lighting; International Ballroom; Borah Theater; UI Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival office; and several meeting rooms. Services offered at the Student Union include student computer labs, a video center, a cafe, catering services, copy service, ATMs, and lounges. 208-885-4636.
The university is served by three campus religious centers: Campus Christian Center (corner of University and Elm); LDS Institute of Religion (902 Deakin); and St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Center (corner of Sixth and Deakin). These centers provide opportunities for the study and practice of religion as well as resources in counseling and guidance. In addition, all of Moscow's churches provide opportunities for religious development for University of Idaho students.
Student Accounts and Cashiers
The Student Accounts Office coordinates charges and billing for student's accounts including tuition and fee charges; room, meals, and family housing charges; student health center, library over dues, parking tickets, and other miscellaneous charges. The office also collects payments, administers payment plans, distributes financial aid refunds, and assists students who have a third party sponsor.
Billing and Payment Information
Students are email billed in July for fall semester and e-mail billed in January for spring semester. Students are also e-mail billed monthly throughout the semester for unpaid balances. All semester fees and tuition are due on or before the first day of each semester. Charges incurred over the course of the semester are considered due in full with 10 days of the posting date. The University of Idaho does not drop courses for nonpayment. Students are responsible for dropping courses prior to the first day of the term to avoid being billed and graded. Accounts with balances due greater than $500 will be blocked from adding/dropping/registration. Transcripts will not be released for students owing the university. Federal loan and grant regulations do not permit using federal financial aid to pay a balance from a prior aid year. Students may access their account information on Vandal Web www.vandalweb.uidaho.edu.
Failure to receive a bill does not relieve students from payment responsibilities.
Credit card payments for fees, tuition, and room and board are not accepted at the cashier's window; these payments need to be made online through Vandal Web. A 2.75% service fee is assessed on credit cards payments of student fees, tuition, and room and board. The fee will not apply to incidental charges, like parking tickets, health center charges, etc. that are paid by credit card at the cashier's window. The University's web check application allows customers to pay online with a checking account and is not subject to the 2.75% service fee.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, also known as the Buckley Amendment, is a Federal law that governs the confidentiality of student records. Generally, the law requires that educational institutions maintain the confidentiality of what are termed "education records," ensures that each student has access to his or her education records, and provides students with a limited opportunity to correct erroneous education records. This means that the University cannot release student records (grades, account information, class schedule, student ID, etc) to anyone other than the student without written consent from the student. A Consent to Release Information form is available for the student to complete and return to the University at http://www.uidaho.edu/current-students/student-accounts/forms-and-downloads.
E-mail Usage and On-line Account Access: The UI’s official e-mail policy states, "A University assigned student e-mail account shall be the University’s official means of e-mail communication with any student required to have a UI e-mail account. Students are responsible for all information sent to them via their University assigned e-mail account." Accordingly, the Student Accounts Office will use the official UI e-mail address to communicate with students. We send interim billing notices and other information using e-mail only, and it is essential that all students regularly check their UI e-mail accounts. Student Account information is available on Vandal Web under the Student Tab, then Student Accounts, then Student Accounts Center. If parents or other individuals need access to student billing information, the student is responsible for granting them access to the information.
Statistics Assistance Center
First Floor of the University Library behind the Reference Desk; www.uidaho.edu/sci/stat/about/sac
The Statistics Assistance Center (SAC) was developed to give assistance to students taking lower level statistics courses. Statistics graduate students in the SAC provide help for students enrolled in STAT 251, STAT 301, and STAT 431. The staff works to provide a friendly, non-threatening environment where students will feel comfortable to work, ask questions, and learn statistics outside of class.
The SAC is generally open for statistics tutoring Monday through Friday. Statistics tutoring hours vary each semester so please check with the Department of Statistical Science Office (Brink 415A; 208-885-2929) for scheduled times or see the statistics web pagewww.uidaho.edu/sci/stat/about/sac. Students can visit the SAC on a drop-in basis during scheduled times for help with homework problems. There is a Student Computing Lab that has a number of computers that provide supporting software for statistics courses at the Library.
Student Financial Aid Services
The office of Student Financial Aid Services assists students and their parents with applying for financial assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time work to help pay the cost of attending college. These programs may include scholarships, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), Federal or Idaho State Work Study Programs (FWS or IWS), Federal Perkins Loans, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans, William D. Ford Federal Direct Graduate PLUS, and William D. Ford Federal Direct Parent Loans to Undergraduate Students (PLUS). Financial aid is expected to supplement student and family resources. The office also assists students in finding part-time jobs off campus.
Because funds are limited, to receive priority consideration for all funds student applicants must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so it is received by the federal processor by the priority date each year. The priority date for 2016-2017 is February 15. This priority date applies to students attending both fall and spring semesters. It is recommended students file an electronic FAFSA form; the website link can be found on the Financial Aid homepage, www.uidaho.edu/financialaid. In addition to the FAFSA, all students who are new to the university must also have a complete application for admission on file by the February 15 priority date. Students who meet both of these priority dates will receive first consideration for funds for which they qualify. Students who do not meet both of these priority dates will still be considered for Federal Pell Grants and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans which are available throughout the year.
Financial aid during the academic year is usually awarded in expectation of full-time enrollment: 12 credits per semester for undergraduate students, 10 credits per semester for law students, and 9 credits per semester for graduate students. If a student is receiving aid as a full-time student, he or she must be registered as a full-time student to receive the aid on the first day of class. Students are required to enroll full-time to receive scholarships, unless the donor specifies special circumstances allowing part-time enrollment. All students must enroll at least half-time (6 credits per semester for undergraduate students or 5 credits per semester for graduate and law students) to be considered for Direct Loans. Students must continue to be enrolled in the required number of credits through the 10th day of classes (census date) of the semester to continue receiving financial aid and scholarships for the semester.
For federal loan eligibility calculation the following enrollment classifications will be used. Undergraduate enrollment will be 6-8 credits for half-time, 9-11 credits for three quarter time, and 12 or more credits for full time. Graduate enrollment will be 5-6 credits for half time, 7-8 credits for three quarter time, and 9 or more credits for full time. Law enrollment will be 5-6 credits for half time, 7-9 credits for three quarter time, and 10 or more credits for full time.
Students who wish to apply ONLY for scholarships not based on financial need and no other types of financial aid must do one of the following in order to receive consideration:
- Students who are attending the university for the first time need to have a complete application for admission, including all transcripts and required test scores (freshmen), on file by the February 15 priority date;
- Students who are enrolled at the university during the prior spring semester in at least 9 credits for undergraduate students, 10 credits for law students, or 6 credits for graduate students will be considered automatically (without completing any additional forms) for scholarships not based on financial need;
- Students who are enrolled at the university for the prior spring semester but in less than 9 credits for undergraduate students, 10 credits for law students, or 6 credits for graduate students will need to notify the Associate Director for Scholarships in Student Financial Aid Services by February 15 of their interest in scholarships not based on financial need; and
- Students who previously attended the university, but were not enrolled during the prior spring semester, must notify the Associate Director for Scholarships in the Office of Student Financial Aid Services of their intent to enroll by the February 15 priority date.
Students who are awarded Federal Work Study or Idaho State Work Study will be offered part-time employment in order to earn their award amount. Students must indicate their interest in the Work Study program on the FAFSA. Awards based on financial need and available funds are made to students who meet the priority dates.
Stafford Direct Loans
The University of Idaho participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Loan funds will be provided to the student directly from the U.S. Department of Education through the University of Idaho rather than funds coming from a bank or lender. Students will be awarded these loans and asked to sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and complete Entrance Counseling. Students only need to sign a MPN and complete Entrance Counseling once every 10 years. Once the signed MPN and Entrance Counseling are received, the funds will be credited to the student's account.
Students who have one or more bachelor's degrees, who are working toward an additional undergraduate degree or a teaching certificate and who are not yet admitted to graduate school, are considered to be second degree-seeking undergraduates and are not eligible for federal grant programs (Pell and SEOG). They are restricted to undergraduate borrowing limits for loan programs. Graduate Students and students in the College of Law are eligible to apply for all financial aid programs except Federal Pell and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants. Non-degree-seeking students (those not enrolled in a degree program) may not be considered for any type of financial aid. Correspondence classes may not be funded by any type of federal financial aid.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Students at the University of Idaho must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to receive federal student financial aid. To meet SAP requirements, a student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA, complete a certain percentage of attempted credits, and complete his or her degree program within a certain number of attempted credits.
The requirements to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress differ based on whether the student is in an undergraduate, graduate, or law degree program. The requirements can be found at http://www.uidaho.edu/financialaid/applyingforaid/keepingyourfinancialaid/keepingyouraid.
At a minimum, SAP will be reviewed at the end of each spring semester. Students not meeting the minimum requirements of SAP as stated below are no longer eligible to receive assistance under Title IV HEA programs. For purposes of evaluating satisfactory academic progress, the academic year is defined as summer, fall, and spring. Therefore, the summer performance prior to the fall and spring will be included in the review. Students receiving financial aid for the first time will be considered in good academic standing until they reach the defined annual evaluation time for SAP. It should be noted that the eligibility criteria for financial aid differ from those for academic eligibility contained in regulation L-6.
Students wishing to appeal their suspension of financial aid should complete a Petition for Financial Aid Reinstatement Form and contact the Dean’s Office in the college in which they are enrolled. Graduate students should complete a Petition for Reinstatement before they contact the College of Graduate Studies, while law students should contact the College of Law. Any special circumstances concerning the student’s academic progress for student financial aid will be reviewed on an individual basis. The Director of Student Financial Aid Services may reinstate a student based on special circumstances unique to that student.
Upon receiving a completed Petition for Financial Aid Reinstatement Form from the student, the student’s academic dean (or designee) may recommend a waiver of all satisfactory academic progress criteria due to special circumstances detailed in the petition form. If the petition is denied, the director will review the recommendation and make the final determination of whether to waive the suspension for the student. The decision of the academic college and the Director of Student Financial Aid Services may be appealed to the Student Financial Aid Committee, and their decision may be appealed to the Administrative Hearing Board.
If the petition is granted, the suspension will be waived and all federal financial aid/eligibility will be reinstated for one term unless otherwise stated in the Academic Plan section of the Petition for Financial Aid Reinstatement form.
Athletic Scholarship Appeal
Students who have had their athletic scholarship aid reduced or eliminated may appeal the loss of funds by submitting an appeal in writing to the chair of the Student Financial Aid Committee.
Financial aid policies and procedures are subject to change without notice to assure compliance with federal, state and university regulations. The Office of Student Financial Aid Services may be contacted for current information (208-885-6312). Additional information is available at the Financial Aid website, www.uidaho.edu/financialaid.
Student Health Insurance Program
The University of Idaho requires all full-time, fee-paying, degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in 12 or more credits; graduate/Law students enrolled in 9 or more credits; and all international students to submit proof of valid health insurance as a condition of enrollment. Students subject to the requirement may choose to rely on personal health insurance or enroll in UI's Student Health Insurance Program.
Student Health Services
Student Health Services; 208-885-6693; www.uidaho.edu/studenthealth
Student Health Services, in partnership with Moscow Family Medicine, provides a broad spectrum of outpatient medical care services. The medical staff includes Board-certified physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Services include lab and X-ray, nutrition counseling, and psychiatry. Additional counseling services are available in cooperation with the Counseling and Testing Center.
Health education classes and wellness programs are available to students. These programs range from fitness and nutrition classes to substance abuse and smoking cessation courses. A list of programs and additional information is available at the Student Health Services web site, www.uidaho.edu/studenthealth.
The hours of operation, scope of services, and fee-for-service charge schedule are subject to change during the academic year. Please look for changes notices at the Student Health Services web site.
Student Rights, Conduct, and Records
The "Statement of Student Rights," "Student Code of Conduct," and "Student Records Policy" are published in the Faculty-Staff Handbook and in the booklet entitled "Policies and Information of Interest to Students." The booklet is available from the Office of the Dean of Students (TLC 232), the Office of Academic Affairs (Admin 104), and other locations around the campus. Members of the university community are urged to familiarize themselves with these basic documents.
Idaho Commons 323; 208-855-6644; www.uidaho.edu/class/english/writingcenter
Located on the third floor of the Idaho Commons, the English department’s Writing Center offers peer tutoring assistance to all UI students. Writing Center tutors assist students with analyzing writing strengths and weaknesses; developing ideas; and improving focus, organization, grammar, and punctuation. The Writing Center offers weekday, evening, and weekend hours. Students may stop by, telephone, or visit the website for further information and a current schedule.