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Academic advisors assist students in developing and achieving personal, academic and career plans and preparing for life after college. Through effective academic advising, students are empowered to own their educational choices and craft individual plans that will help them attain their academic goals. 

At Rochester, there are four primary groups of academic advisors:

  • Undergraduate advisors
  • Faculty advisors
  • College Center for Advising Services professional advisors
  • Peer advisors

When you enroll as a first-year student, you will be assigned an undergraduate advisor who will meet with you until you've formally declare their major. Students planning to major in the Arts and Sciences will be assigned to an undergraduate advisor who is a faculty or staff member on the River Campus. Students planning to pursue a major in one of the Hajim School departments, will be assigned to a faculty member in the Hajim School, and will remain with that advisor until graduation, unless their academic plans change.

Faculty advisors are available to meet throughout your years of undergraduate study and are an excellent source of information about majors, minors, clusters, and courses within a specific academic department or program. For a list of faculty advisors in each department, see the “Authorized Signature List.” Once your major is formally declared, your primary academic advising within the department of your major will come from a faculty advisor.

The professional advisors in the College Center for Advising Services (CCAS) are knowledgeable about a broad range of academic programs and policies. They often assist students in developing comprehensive academic plans, refer students to specialized academic resources, and help students problem-solve when they are experiencing academic challenges. CCAS is a good place to start if you have an academic question or concern and are not sure who will be able to assist you.

Peer advisors are undergraduate students who have received special training to answer academic questions and refer students to other campus resources. Peer advisors regularly answer questions such as:

  • What is it like to be a major in this department?
  • How can I begin to plan for study abroad?
  • What if I’m not sure about a major; how should I get started?