The College has a two tier advising system. The First Year Advising Program is designed to expand the opportunities for first year students to examine all academic areas without the perceived pressure of committing to a major in the first year. Students may indicate that they are interested in a certain major and their first year advisor will assist them in registering for courses suitable for that major based on the First Year Advisor Handbook. They are also encouraged to seek out a faculty member in the department of their intended major to discuss any specific scheduling issues.
Although there is no direct pressure to do so, most students declare an intended major in the second semester of their first year. It is at this time that a major advisor is assigned. Students who remain undecided about a major at the end of their first year will be assigned an advisor from the Center for Counseling and Career Development.
Once a major is declared, an advisor is assigned from the major department. Advisors work closely with the students during the pre-registration period for course selection for the coming semester. Consultation with the advisor also occurs during the drop-add period at the beginning of each semester. Departmental advisors also provide assistance in regard to graduate or professional school and/or career planning.
Social Work Program Advisement
Advising duties are performed by the four full-time faculty members. All faculty members have Master of Social Work degrees. Advising loads are kept to a level that allows the faculty the time to offer personalized attention to their advisees and to maximize the student's personal growth and development.