October 2020
We’re at midterms. Not sure how we got here so fast, but here we are! 
Midterm is an odd time. To students, it seems like they still have a long way to go. The novelty of the fall start is over. They are in the thick of course content and assignments, and they’ve been at it for seven solid weeks, so energy can be a little harder to come by. We’ve also been asking your students to maintain Covid-safety protocols—“Stay physically distanced, keep those face coverings on, and think hard about where you are, who you’re with, and what you’re doing to keep each other healthy and our campus open.” 

It’s important that your students stay focused on wellbeing and success, so now is the perfect time for us to work with you, parents and families, to support and encourage them. 

Did you know that, besides tackling midterm exams and projects, this is also the time when your students need to be thinking ahead to the next step in their academic journeys and contacting student services to help them stay on track? We have great resources to help them do this!

How is your student managing stress and staying emotionally healthy as we move (rapidly!) toward finals? Check out our student health services, emotional and mental health resources, and physical wellness services on our Health at ISU web page. 

What classes should your student take next? Spring registration is just around the corner. Does your student need some help balancing their schedule or figuring out the best options for the spring semester? Our advisors know their stuff, and students can book their appointments online.

Do you have a student planning to graduate this year? If so, have they completed their graduation application? Do they want to participate in Winter Commencement? October 30 is the RSVP deadline.

Is your student happy with the major/career goal they’ve been working on, or would they like to explore some different options? The Career Center staff is ready to help. Is your student a veteran or military related, an international student, or just a student looking for opportunities to connect? Are they eligible for a TRIO program, in need of some college funding assistance, special circumstances assistance, or help filling out an application for Federal Student Aid

We can help with all of this and more! If you have questions, we have answers. Reach out to us by email at studentaffairs@isu.edu or call the Student Affairs office at (208) 282-2794. 

Roars Truly,

Lyn Redington, Vice President of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
Craig Chatriand, Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has opened for school year 2021-2022.

For the 2021-2022 academic year, students can apply between October 1, 2020, and June 30, 2022. However, there are a few federal student aid programs that have limited funds, so students should apply as soon as possible. The suggested early processing date for these funds is March 1, 2021. Students must complete the FAFSA every year they are in school to be eligible for federal student aid.

For questions visit: ISU Financial Aid
Outdoor Adventure Trips
The Outdoor Adventure Center has free trips this semester for ISU students. Check out the Outdoor Adventure Center Calendar for local trips. Students can sign up at the OAC to save a spot.
Class Registration
Advising is the cornerstone of a successful university experience. Students should make an appointment to Meet their Advisor before registering for classes!

Spring 2021

90 + (Senior, Graduate, Pharmacy and Post-Baccalaureate) - Monday, November 2
58 - 89 (Junior) - Wednesday, November 4
26 - 57 (Sophomore) - Friday, November 6
0 - 25 (Freshman and Nondegree Seeking) - Monday, November 9
* Dates are subject to change without notice
Stress of College
There are a lot of unknowns in the world right now. Many of our daily routines have been disrupted as a result of COVID-19. Attending to our health and wellness and staying connected is more important than ever. Counseling and Testing Service (CATS) has compiled a list of free resources to help you take care of yourselves, no matter where you are. READ MORE
Grad Finale Event
Experience a one-stop-shop to help you prepare for graduation from ISU.

Purchase Regalia:
  • Caps
  • Gowns
  • Stoles
  • Hoods
  • Tassels, etc

Order announcements and class rings.

Visit with the Registrar’s Office, Graduate School, Career Center, Alumni Association and more.
Winter Commencement
We are excited to announce Idaho State's 2020 Winter Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21, in Holt Arena. All May 2020, August 2020, and December 2020 graduates are invited to join us in-person at this celebration. The date was moved earlier to adjust to previous changes. READ MORE
Spring 2021 Semester Adjustment
To help ensure the continued health and safety of our campus community, Idaho State University has adjusted the Spring 2021 schedule, most notably by moving spring break. READ MORE
Important Dates
October 1

FAFSA opens for 2021-2020 school year
October 5 - 9

November 30 - December 4

December 5 -
January 10

Winter Break
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