In Kalamazoo College advising surveys, students report that developing a relationship with their advisors and having a trusted source to go to with questions are most important to them. Advisors regularly report that forming relationships with advisees, getting to know them, and watching them grow and develop are the most rewarding aspects of advising.

For more information on how to develop a positive working relationship with your advisor, see below.

Advisee Role

Working with their advisor, students:

  • explore intellectual interests
  • consider personal and academic goals
  • plan intercultural/international study, internships/externships, and other experiential education
  • monitor progress toward completing general education and degree requirements
  • choose a major, and possibly a minor or concentration(s)
  • use drop/add and course withdrawal options wisely
Advising Days Prep

  • Sign-up for an appointment with your advisor well before your registration time.
    • Advising Days are Weeks 6-7. Your advisor will reach out to you about how to sign-up for an appointment. Course registration occurs on scheduled dates by class year in Weeks 7-8.
  • Before your appointment, think about your experiences inside and outside of the classroom and how they fit with your plans and goals. How do your different experiences connect, move you in the direction you wish to head, gain skills for life after K, etc.? What does your K-Plan look like so far?
  • Review questions on choosing courses and designing your K-Plan.
  • Review your Progress (degree audit) in Student Planning.
  • Search the course schedule. Add an extensive list of courses to your Course Plan in Student Planning before your appointment. Look for classes in departments you haven’t had a chance to explore and that can help you develop the skills you need (for example, writing, public speaking, quantitative reasoning, etc.). Consider depth and breadth.
  • Make sure that your advisor ends your advising hold/clears you to register during your appointment so you can register at your scheduled time. Check that it has been ended well before your registration time.
  • Remember that you have to update your emergency contact information before you can register.

Changing Advisors

Most students stay with their first advisor until they declare a major in winter of sophomore year and then switch to an advisor in the major. It is highly recommended, but not required, to have an advisor in your major after you have declared as a sophomore. All academic advisors on campus are trained to work with undeclared students. If you have concerns about your advisor, please talk with the Director of Advising.

Students are able to change advisors at any time through the process listed below. First-year students need permission from the Director of Advising before changing advisors. You are required to have an advisor who is on campus. If your current advisor is on leave, you will receive an email from the Advising Office about selecting a new advisor.

  • A change of advisor form is available from the Registrar’s Office. Students only need to obtain the signature of the new advisor. The form must be returned to the Registrar’s Office.
    • Change of Advisor requests submitted during the quarter from 6th-8th week (5th-8th week in winter quarter) will not be processed until 9th week due to Advising Days and Registration. Completed forms can still be turned in to the Registrar’s Office during that time to be held until 9th week. Students must continue to work with their current advisor until the change is official during 9th week.

If you have any questions about the process, please stop by the Advising Office (Dewing 109) or the Registrar’s Office (Dewing 004).

Forgot Who Your Advisor Is?
You can always find out your current advisor by going to Student Planning – Advising tab. Your advisor’s name will be listed there.