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Advising Handbook

Academic Advising

Academic advising in the College is available to all students who seek it. Freshmen are assigned to pre-major advisors who remain with them formally until the end of the sophomore year, or earlier if the student is accepted into a major. Students are assigned a faculty advisor from the major department when they are admitted into the major, usually during the sophomore or beginning of the junior year. Students intending to major in engineering stay with their advisors throughout the four years.

Undergraduates with academic questions or concerns are encouraged to visit the College Center for Advising Services in Lattimore 312. The professional advisors in Lattimore are available every day on a walk-in basis or by appointments, which may be made at the Academic Services Counter. advisors can help plan academic programs, explore independent study and internship opportunities, make order out of chaos or, at the very least, refer to appropriate sources of aid. The Assistant Dean in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is available in Lattimore 301. Students may also arrange to see the Dean of Freshmen or the Dean of Sophomores by calling 5-2354.

Officially assigned pre-major advisors normally use ADVISOR ACCESS (see for the most current advising records for their advisees. They receive current information and guidance from the Class Deans. They may also consult the official academic records of their students in the Academic Records Office, also in Lattimore 312. Calls to the Center for Advising Services should be made to extension 5-2354.

Students with adjustment or emotional problems should be referred to the University Counseling Center, a division of the University Health Service. The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) provides study skills counseling and course-specific study groups for all students in the College. CETL also provides tutoring, counseling and classroom accommodations for students with disabilities. The Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program offers help to students in Rush Rhees, G-121. Advisors may refer students who are interested in exploring job and career opportunities to the Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center.

The professional advisors in the Center for Advising Services are considered to be private resources with regard to information that students might share about sexual misconduct. When a student discloses such information to an advisor, the advisor is responsible for notifying the campus Title IX Coordinator. In all cases, professional advisors will maintain a student’s privacy to the greatest extent possible. For further information and for a list of resources, see