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Following are answers to commonly asked questions about advisement. For more information, please contact your advisor, the Undergraduate Catalog, and the URSA website.

What is URSA and how do I access my account?

URSA is the University Records and Systems Assistant. URSA is used by students to register for classes, view financial aid information, and manage their personal data.

What is my alternate pin number?

When registering for Fall or Spring courses (not Summer courses) URSA will ask for your Alternate PIN number. Your Alternate PIN for the semester is the four-digit number provided to you by your advisor. You will be required to enter your Alternate PIN each time you enter the system to make registration changes, so remember this Alternate PIN throughout the semester!

Where do I go to change my major?

Please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog, page 25, for instructions on how to change your major.

Where do I find my academic advisor?

Students can log into URSA and select “Student Services and Financial Aid,” “Academic Records,” and “View Your Advisor.”

If I am undecided about my major, do I have an advisor?

All students are assigned a faculty advisor. Advisors for undecided majors are selected from faculty members within your assigned college. For undecided majors, the associate dean of the students college will oversee advisor assignment.

Where can I go to get advisement about majors that I am considering?

The Major and Career Exploration Center provides IUP students, as well as the surrounding community, with resources to help them choose a major and potential career. Located in 214 Pratt Hall.

Are there assessments that I can take to assist me in deciding on a major?

Focus Online Career Assessment, Strong Interest Inventory, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, and printed materials are available at the Major and Career Exploration Center in 214 Pratt Hall. Decisions are not made in one session. It is important that students take the assessments and have a follow-up discussion with peer advisors or the assistant director of the Advising and Testing Center.

What are the classes required for my major?

All students must fulfill the requirements of the university’s Liberal Studies program in order to graduate. Please refer to your specific Program of Study for classes that are required for your major.

How do I view my grades and GPA?

View your individual account on the URSA website, and follow instructions provided by the Office of the Registrar.

How many credits do I need to graduate?

The minimum total credit requirement for a baccalaureate degree at IUP is 120. Students who enroll in degree programs that require more than 120, or who seek the added benefit of a double major, minor, or specialized program, or who change majors, should plan their sequence of courses carefully with an advisor. Information was gathered from the Undergraduate Catalog . 

  • Advising and Testing Center
  • Pratt Hall, Room 216
    201 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-4067
  • Fax: 724-357-2889
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–Noon
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.