Types of Academic Advisors
In addition to providing students with academic and personal support, advisors meet with their advisees prior to each semester’s registration in order to plan course schedules, discuss academic goals, review academic policies, and update graduate plans.
All incoming students will have both a College Advisor and a Pre-Major Faculty advisor. Assigned College Advisors will assist students throughout their time at L&C, and Pre-Major Faculty Advisors will assist students until they declare majors and select a Major Faculty Advisor. Continuing students can be assigned to a College Advisor at the request of a student or through a referring campus partner office.
College Advisors assist students in creating long-term academic plans, understanding academic policies and procedures, completing academic appeal processes, and developing effective skills and strategies to foster success inside and outside of the classroom.
Pre-Major Faculty Advisor
Pre-Major Faculty Advisors provide guidance on course planning, authorize students to register each semester, assist students with academic challenges and opportunities, and help students choose a major.
Major Faculty Advisor
Major Advisors assist students in selecting relevant courses and internships, understanding major requirements, and preparing for life after graduation. NOTE: Students Select a Major Advisor when they declare a major.
More information for Pre-Major and Faculty Advisors can be found here.
Changing Pre-Major Faculty Advisors
Advising is a relationship. We make our best guess about who might be a good match for you when you first arrive, but as you get to know faculty here, you may decide that someone else fits better, with you and your interests, to be your Pre-Major Faculty Advisor. The faculty and college advisors know this happens and feel just fine about having students change advisors! You will need to ask another member of the faculty to be your advisor and obtain his or her signature on a change of advisor form, which you submit when completed to the College Advising Center (Albany 206). Although your previous advisor’s signature is not required, it is a good idea to let him or her know that you have changed advisors. Usually a new advisor will be someone with whom you have had a class, and you may wish to visit office hours to learn more about your prospective advisor’s interests and whether s/he is taking on new advisees. If you are having difficulty, you can always contact the College Advising Center for help.
Selecting a Major Faculty Advisor
When you declare your major or minor, you will need to have an advisor who is a member of that department or program. Faculty in your new major or minor will have the best information about when courses are offered and how to structure your program of study to meet all of your requirements. If you know what major or minor you would like to declare, but you do not know whom to ask to be your new advisor, you could discuss the matter with your current advisor or with the chair of your new department. You can also seek help from the office of academic advising. Even after you have declared a major or minor and selected an advisor, you can still change advisors as you take more classes in the major or minor and as you develop your interests. Just follow the same instructions (given above) for completing the change of advisor form.
You’re not in high school anymore! It’s your responsibility to know the requirements for graduation and to track your progress toward fulfilling them. Of course there is always help available—for your advisor, the chair in your major/minor program, and the registrar’s office. The program evaluation tool in Webadvisor shows you which requirements you have completed so far.
Know the dates for when you can add, drop, or withdraw from courses, when registration occurs, when the semester concludes, and when final exams will be given in your courses.
Personal Planning Tools
Many faculty expect you will spend, on average, two to three hours a week outside of class for every hour you spend in class. Do the math and you’ll see that being a student is a full-time commitment! These tools can help you plan for your academic and co-curricular commitments:
Major Task Breakdown Chart (Big Task, Little Parts)