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What's my "catalog"?


Your "catalog" refers to the Iowa State University Catalog, the listing of courses and programs available, and the requirements that you must meet to graduate.

You can find out which catalog you are in through your Access Plus account.


Some other important information ...

Catalogs have traditionally covered two academic years (e.g. 2007-2009), but beginning in Fall 2011, they will cover one academic year (2011-2012).  Three catalogs are in effect at any given time.
Sometimes degree, college, or university requirements change from one catalog to the next, so you must know your catalog to fully understand your specific degree requirements.

Normally, when a student enters ISU, he or she is placed in the most current active catalog.  However, transfer students or re-entering students may request to be placed in an earlier catalog if 1) it was in effect when they first entered college and 2) it is still active.  No one may be placed in an inactive catalog or a catalog that was in effect before they started college, but anyone may request to be moved to a more recent catalog.  If your catalog goes out of effect and becomes inactive, you must move to an active catalog.

Catalogs currently active:

2009-2011
2011-2012
2012-2013
2013-2014
2014-2015

If your catalog has expired, you must move to an active catalog.  Notify your advisor during the registration period.