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Academic Advising Matters!

Academic Advising is a partnership between you and your advisor to discuss and plan for your academic success.  It is an on-going process where you and your advisor develop and track your educational plans.  These plans should be formulated after exploring your career and life goals and accounting for your values, abilities, and skills.

Multidisciplinary Studies Advisors

Be sure to check your Student Center for information on who your assigned advisor is.

Picture of A_KAlexis Kenyon is the Academic Advising Coordinator and an advisor for the Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) program. Contact Alexis at, call her at (208) 426-4516, or schedule an appointment.




Amanda Horn

Amanda Ryan is an academic advisor for the MDS program. Contact Amanda at, call her at (208) 426-1745, or schedule an appointment.




Brian Chojnacky, Academic Advisor

Brian Chojnacky is an academic advisor for the MDS program. Contact Brian at, call him at (208) 426-3185, or schedule an appointment.




In addition to meeting with your MDS advisor, you may also meet with an advisor for any minors or certificates you may be pursuing. To locate an advisor, visit the Advising and Academic Support Center site.

What are my responsibilities?

  • Take initiative to contact your advisor. You are required to meet with your advisor your first semester.
  • You should be meeting with your advisor regularly. Meeting with an advisor increases your chances of staying on track. A good general rule is to see an advisor when you are confused or uncertain about school, feel like you are struggling, and want to plan a way forward.
  • Keep your advisor informed about: changes to your Individual Degree Plan (IDP), academic struggles, and/or health, financial, or other issues that are impacting your ability to complete your course work. Also, don’t forget to touch base with your advisor about your academic successes.
  • Ask questions!  Some of the areas you may want/need to ask questions include:
    • Probation, academic dismissal, GPA requirements, and academic deadlines.
    • What careers might I expect to work in with this major?
    • How does this major relate to my career goals?
    • Are there any clubs or organizations related to my major that I should join?
    • What kind /where can I find out about internships opportunities in my major?
  •  Keep all your documents and important materials organized and in a safe place. Examples of some documents include:
    • Undergraduate catalog
    • Schedule of classes for that term
    • Advisor contact information and office hours
    • Individual Degree Plan (IDP)
    • Your Academic Advisement Report (AAR)
    • All of your course syllabi
  • Come prepared for your meeting
    • Be on time
    • Come with a list of questions
    • Notify the University if any of your information changes, such as phone number or address. Check your BroncoMail daily for important messages from Boise State.
    • Accept responsibility for your decisions, ultimately your advisor is providing recommendations. You will make the final decision. Be willing to accept the consequences, both positive and negative.

What are my advisor's responsibilities?

  • Be knowledgeable and clarify university policies, regulations, programs, and procedures.
  • Be available to meet with you and keep regular office hours.
  • Offer advice about course selection, assist in developing an academic plan that satisfies your degree requirements
  • Discuss academic performance and implications of performance for future undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs you desire to pursue.
  • Be an active and responsive listener, referring you to appropriate resources on campus when appropriate.
  • Be knowledgeable about career opportunities in your major choice.

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 Advising Resources

These resources are quick links to common information requested or needed for advising purposes.