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Undergraduate Academic Advising

Our approach

The Office of Undergraduate Student Services and Advising uses both professional and faculty advisors to maximize the guidance we offer SEAS students.  During the first year students are assigned a professional advisor who will help them transition to the university and navigate the curriculum.  At the end of the spring semester of his/her year, each student is assigned a faculty advisor from the student’s major department.  The faculty advisor becomes the primary advisor for navigating the student’s major curriculum and serves as a mentor regarding the student’s discipline. 

Your responsibility

As a student progresses through the degree programs within SEAS, academic advisors will assist in meeting his/her program requirements. However, fulfillment of degree requirements is ultimately the responsibility of the student. Students are expected to understand the degree requirements and engage in careful program planning with their professional and faculty advisors.  We expect each student to track his/her curriculum progress individually.

The advising relationship

We encourage all SEAS students to continue their relationship with their professional advisors, since the professional advisor will continue to monitor the student’s academic progress and success.  A student’s academic advisor also can help with other aspects of the student's academic career, such as admission to graduate or professional school and/or career planning. Academic advisors can direct students to tutorial programs or counseling resources, provide information on internship opportunities, and direct students to independent research/guided independent studies. For more information about advising expectations and roles, please review the SEAS Advising Syllabus.