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What is an academic advisor and why do I need one?

You will find out about your FYE course placement during the last week of July. During the first week of August, Associate Dean of the College Re Evitt will be sending an email to you (at your CC email address) with the name and contact information for your pre-major academic advisor. This faculty member will serve as your academic mentor at Colorado College until you declare your major. (At that point, you identify a major advisor who specializes in the field you’ve decided to major in.) Your pre-major advisor will be able to discuss with you the intellectual paths you’d like to explore at CC, can give you advice on your academic plans, may be a good person to discuss research and internship opportunities with, will be able to answer questions about general resources and support services available at CC.

Who assigns my advisor? What are the criteria for assigning advisors?

Ideally, we try to match you with an advisor who shares one of your academic interests. We do our best to pair you with a faculty member who is either within your department of interest or teaching your FYE seminar. Your Advising Questionnaire provides us with crucial information for determining a good pre-major advisor match. Please take a few moments to reflect on and respond to the advising questionnaire. It’s your best opportunity to share information about your CC aspirations with us before you arrive on campus and to let us know what you are looking for in an academic advisor.

How often should I meet with my advisor?

Your relationship with your advisor will be what you make it. Meet as soon as possible once you’ve arrived on campus and stay connected! The students who develop the best relationships with their advisors take initiative in becoming acquainted, asking for help, and discussing their plans with their advisors. Get to know your advisor's style and arrange meetings based on what works best for both of you. If minor questions come up, ask via phone or email. We recommend touching base with your advisor once a block (at least three to four times each semester).

When you receive the name of your faculty advisor in early August, we recommend that you contact him/her by email before arriving on campus. Your first official advising meeting will take place during New Student Orientation (NSO).

Can I change my advisor?

Your pre-major advisor will advise you during your first two years: guide you through your transition into to college and help you plan the early stages of your career at CC. If the fit with your initial pre-major advisor isn’t working, please contact Associate Dean of the College Re Evitt. She can help you identify a new advisor.

Once you declare a major, you’ll want to identify an advisor in the department of your major who can work with you as you choose courses in your major, explore research and internship opportunities, design a research project for your senior thesis. If you aren't familiar with the faculty in your major department or program, the chair of the department is available to help you choose. You are able to switch your advisor at any time. Grab a "change of advisor" form from the Registrar's Office, fill it out – complete with the signatures of both advisors, former and new – and return it in order to formalize the change.

What if my advisor is away, busy, or can’t answer my questions?

We like to think of advising as a combinatorial system at CC. There’s a network of faculty and staff here to support you, depending on what specific questions or concerns you may have. If your advisor is not available, feel free to email or call Re Evitt, Associate Dean of the College. She can help you identify who your best point of contact is. There are a number of individuals you can reach out to. Here are just a few of the resource people you might consider contacting:

  • Re Evitt, the Associate Dean of the College, (719) 389-6687;
  • Phil Apodaca, the Registrar, and his colleagues in the Registrar’s Office (719) 389-6610;
  • Traci Freeman, Director of the Colket Center and Sophomore Jump contact  (719) 389-6726;
  • Jessie Dubreuil, Reading, Rhetoric, and First-Year Programs Specialist, (719) 227-8291;
  • Faculty with whom you have had a class (your FYE instructor may be especially useful);
  • Your FYE student mentor;
  • Other helpful resources from the Student Life support network include: Cesar Cervantes, Assistant Dean of Students, (719) 389-6027; your Resident Assistant (RA); your Residential Life Coordinator (RLC).