Academic advisors are mentors who build relationships with their advisees, pay attention to their academic progress, recommend resources, and assist advisees in identifying and fulfilling their goals while they work towards completing their degrees.
Academic advising helps students develop ongoing plans compatible with their interests, abilities, and goals, focusing on depth and breadth; design a course of on- and off-campus study; meet degree requirements; grow intellectually and personally; and make the most of their undergraduate education. Advisors encourage students to explore a variety of courses and experiences, encouraging reflection to help them make connections between the various parts of their K-Plan.
Students meet with their advisors during the term to discuss their goals, academic progress, and any other issues that may arise. All students are required to meet with their advisors during Advising Days (weeks 6 and 7) before they are allowed to register for classes for the upcoming term.
All full-time faculty members (except those in their first year), full-time head coaches, librarians, and select senior administrators serve as academic advisors. New students are assigned to an advisor linked to their First-Year Seminar, whom they will meet during orientation. In winter of their sophomore year, students are required to declare a major and are encouraged to move to an advisor in the major department.
Departmental Student Advisors (DSAs) provide a student perspective on majors, minors, and concentrations.