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Student-Advisor Relationship

When you enroll as a first-year student, you will be assigned an undergraduate advisor who will advise you from orientation until the end of your second year, unless you are accepted into a major earlier. Undergraduate advisors represent offices and academic departments from across the River Campus. They assist their advisees with:

  • Clarifying their interests and identify their academic strengths
  • Exploring majors, minors, and clusters
  • Navigating the campus and the greater-Rochester community
  • Identifying academic and campus resources
  • Formally declare their majors 

Their primary role is to help new students successfully transition into college. New transfer students enrolling with first-year or sophomore standing will also be assigned to an undergraduate advisor.  Transfer students enrolling with junior standing will be encouraged to formally declare their major during their first semester at Rochester.

In order to make the most of your intellectual journey at Rochester, undergraduate advisors will encourage you to continue to build relationships with peers, staff and faculty throughout your years of undergraduate study. For some students, the undergraduate advisor will continue to be an important source of information and support until graduation. Other students will find that the relationships they develop with faculty, staff, and the professional advisors in the College Center for Advising Services, will be a more frequently accessed source of information.

In either case, it is important to recognize that Rochester has a variety of individuals and resources to support your academic journey. By seeking out conversations with others, you will develop a community of advisors who will enrich your own experience, and help you make thoughtful choices about your academic plans.

Meeting with Your Advisor

Tips for meeting with your academic advisor:

  • Consider your academic goals and interests. Prepare a list of courses you are interested in taking before meeting with your advisor.
  • Do your research about the academic programs you are interested in before your meeting.
  • Ask your advisor, "What other people on campus should I get to know?"
  • Bring questions to your advising appointments and take notes during the meeting.
  • Resist the temptation to believe that your advisor should have and give you all of the answers. Instead, expect that your advisor will help you problem-solve and arrive at your own answers.
  • Share with your advisor any changed interests and any areas that you would like to improve upon.
  • Approach your advising meetings with an open mind.
  • Ask your advisor about special academic opportunities such as independent study, research, study abroad, and certificates.

Academic advisors in Arts, Sciences and Engineering respect student confidentiality rights regarding personal information and follow the University’s guidance as it relates to the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). (Adapted from the National Academic Advising Association Statement of Core Values.)