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/College advisors
- Faculty advisors
- College Center for Advising Services professional advisors
- Peer advisors
Beginning with the 2020-21 academic year, each new first-year and transfer student will be assigned to a College advisor who will remain with them from their first semester at the University of Rochester until graduation. Students planning to pursue a major in one of the Hajim School departments, will be assigned to a faculty member in the Hajim School, an undergraduate coordinator, and a College advisor, and will remain with this team of advisors until graduation, unless their academic plans change.
Faculty advisors are available to meet with students throughout their years of undergraduate study and are an excellent source of information about majors, minors, clusters, and courses within a specific academic department or program. Faculty advisors are also available to provide information about classroom expectations, undergraduate research, graduate school, and career decisions. For a list of faculty advisors in each department, see the “Authorized Signature List.” Once a major is formally declared, a student’s primary academic advising within the department of the 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 when students have an academic question or concern and are not sure who will be able to assist them.
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?