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Academic Advising

What is Academic Advisement?

Academic advisement is the link between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. The Office of Academic Advisement assigns faculty advisors, offers academic counseling, and provides drop-in services for dropping/adding courses and informal advisement. It also produces advisement newsletters for students and faculty to provide course information and academic advisement twice a year prior to advisement week. The Academic Advisement Office also acknowledges the diversity of students who attend college and therefore responds to their needs with specific professionals to support them.

Who is an Academic Advisor?

An academic advisor is a faculty or staff member who will assist you with planning your undergraduate academic career at The College of St. Scholastica. Most advisors are faculty members within the department you wish to study. These faculty advisors help plan semester schedules and visit with you about your academic plan. They may offer academic advice and check-in about your academic and social goals while at college.

At CSS, each first year, full time freshman's academic advisor will be their first year program (Dignitas) instructor. This instructor may or may not be a part of the discipline the student hopes to study. The goal is for students to connect with a faculty member early in their collegiate career.

At the end of their first year, students will be asked to find an academic advisor within their academic program/major. Students will complete a change of advisor form and return it to the Registrar's office. If a student does not find a faculty person they feel they connect with, or if they are entering a pre-professional or graduate program such as Nursing, Physical Therapy, or Occupational Therapy, they may be assigned to an advisor from the Academic Advisement department, who advise students from all areas.

Transfer students will be assigned an advisor early in their first semester at CSS. Some students may be assigned to an advisor in Academic Advisement, who are trained to advise students from all majors and departments.