Faculty advisers are an invaluable source of support for students. At the time of enrollment, first-year students are assigned a Freshman Adviser who assists in orienting new students to College academic policies and procedures. By the end of January of their first year, students choose two faculty advisers: a program adviser to assist specifically with POE and career issues, and a liberal arts or general adviser to assist with general academic issues such as fulfilling graduation requirements. The liberal arts or general adviser teaches in a discipline outside of his or her student advisee's Program of Emphasis. Those students who do not choose a general adviser by the appointed deadline will have one assigned to them. For exploratory students, advisers can help identify potential areas of interest. At any time, students may change advisers, subject to approval of the Registrar, as long as one adviser is from the department most prominently represented in the Program of Emphasis (POE). Students pursuing dual fields of study should select one adviser from each area.
Advising is a crucial form of guidance for all students, especially for those individuals pursuing highly structured academic programs.
During summer orientation, incoming freshmen work individually
with faculty advisers in their area of academic interest to select
and register for fall semester courses. On the first day of classes,
first-year students meet with their Freshman Advisers to review
course registration and make adjustments as needed.