Questions and Answers about Academic Advising for New Students
How do I sign up for classes?
Students will have an opportunity to meet their advisor on the Wednesday of orientation week. That same week, on Thursday and Friday, each student will meet a number of faculty members as they attend mini-classes. Students then meet with their advisor one-on-one to discuss the contract, and may need to meet more than once to finalize the document. The contract is due to the Office of the Registrar by the Wednesday of the second week of classes.
How am I assigned an advisor?
Staff members in the Office of the Provost use the information that students provide on the advising questionnaire (fall questionnaire coming in summer) to match students with advisors. If a student articulates a potential area of concentration, we may be able to match a student with a faculty member in that area. For heavily subscribed AOCs such as psychology, biology, and environmental studies it can be difficult to make an exact match. In those cases we may look to extracurricular activities or what type of advisor the student might find helpful in order to make a good match.
How can I share information about my academic interest with New College before orientation?
You have two opportunities to share information. One is the academic advising questionnaire that we ask you complete by a particular date. We not only note your academic interest but also use this information to select an academic advisor for you. The other opportunity you have to share academic interest is the course request system (CRS). A little later in the summer, once you have your New College network username and password, we provide instructions on the use and purpose of CRS. Note: this system is not for course registration, only sharing your interest in particular courses. Registration happens on campus after discussing you academic plans with your academic advisor (by means of a completed academic contract).
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