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Academic Advising

Your academic adviser

Each incoming student is assigned an individual academic faculty adviser.  Often, this adviser is the faculty member who teaches the first-year seminar and is affiliated with the student's College House.

Peer academic advisers

In the College's House System, House Advisors play an important role in working with students the first two years of their college experience.  Under the guidance of House Dons and House Prefects, they assist students so that they can make informed decisions and locate information related to academic programs.  In addition, they make sure students are aware of academic requirements, academic resources, and the curriculum.  House Advisors also help students prepare for their individual meetings with their advisers. 

When will I find out about my academic adviser?

Your first meeting with your academic adviser will take place during New Student Orientation in August. At that time you will have an opportunity to review your schedule and become acquainted. This adviser will be able to assist you in making academic decisions and course selections during the first part of your F&M experience. When you declare a major during your sophomore year, you will be assigned an adviser from that academic department.

You will also receive academic advising during the Beginnings program, which includes small group meetings with faculty who will talk with you about academic at F&M. 

NOTE: If you are unable to attend Beginnings, you'll have an opportunity over the summer to interact with an adviser.