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Advising Handbook

Academic Advising

Academic advising in the College is a student-centered activity that:

  • Supports the transition from high school to college
  • Guides students as they develop and test their academic plans
  • Connects students with academic opportunities and campus resources
  • Supports students in the completion of their undergraduate degree

At Rochester, there are four primary groups of academic advisors: undergraduate advisors; faculty advisors; the professional advisors in the College Center for Advising Services (CCAS) and peer advisors.

Additionally, throughout their years of study at Rochester, students develop relationships with other staff and faculty from many different offices. Collectively, these relationships form a student’s community of advising resources.  For additional information, visit advising homepage and undergraduate overview. 

Undergraduate and Major Advisors

Academic advising in the College is available to all undergraduate students who seek it. First-year students are assigned undergraduate advisors who remain with them formally until 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 sophomore year or at the beginning of junior year.

Students planning on majoring in engineering stay with their advisors throughout the four years.

General Advising

Undergraduates with academic questions or concerns are encouraged to visit the College Center for Advising Services (CCAS) in Lattimore 312. Professional advisors are available every day on a walk-in basis or by appointments, which may be made at the Academic Services Counter.

Advisors can help you:

  • Plan courses
  • Explore independent study and internship opportunities
  • Find campus resources

The assistant dean in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is available in Lattimore 301. Students can also arrange to see the dean of freshmen or the dean of sophomores by calling (585) 275-2354.


Advising Records

Officially assigned undergraduate advisors normally use advisor access in blackboard for the most current advising records for their advisees. Current information and guidance on advising comes from the class deans. Advisors can also consult the official academic records of their students in the Academic Records Office, also in Lattimore 312. Calls to the CCAS should be made to (585) 275-2354.