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Academic Advising is the process of helping students match The College’s resources to their needs and goals so that they get the maximum benefit from their college experience and, at graduation, are prepared for life after college. Academic advisors help students plan their academic careers through the creation of a partnership. This includes preparing for registration, resolving academic problems, and offering academic/educational advice. Academic advisors should also be able to assist students with planning for internships and employment opportunities within their disciplines as well as advising about graduate and professional school applications. Also, academic advisors should listen carefully when personal problems are revealed and, when necessary, make referrals to the relevant office.


Additional Resources

  • Career Services offers a variety of services and programs designed to assist students with career planning. The career planning process begins early in a student’s undergraduate career. A staff of professional career counselors provide individual counseling sessions designed to assist students in identifying their interests, skills, and values. This initial self-assessment helps students choose appropriate academic majors and identify career options. Students are encouraged to explore career options and develop professional skills and are assisted in securing internships, externships, and summer employment. A comprehensive placement program assists graduating seniors in finding employment. Students may also receive assistance in planning for graduate study. The Office of Career Services is located at 1938 Pennington Road, and can be contacted by phone at x2161.
  • The Pre-Law Advisory Committee offers pre-professional counseling in selection of courses to prepare for law school admission, choice of law schools, and preparation of applications for admission to law school. Available materials include a collection of law school catalogs, Law School Aptitude Test preparation materials, and other items of interest to pre-law students. For more information, please click here.
  • The Medical Careers Advisory Committee offers extensive advisement to students who which to pursue careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, podiatry, physical therapy, physician assistant and veterinary medicine.  The committee assists students with the selection of courses to meet admission requirements of professional schools and with the selection of the best schools to meet the individual needs of the student.  Assistance is also provided in preparing for professional school admission tests, in preparation and compilation of other materials required for the application, in preparing for interviews and in assembling financial aid information.  The Medical Careers Advising Committee maintains a library of health-related professional school catalogs.  Students interested in medical careers advisement should click here. Dr. Betsy Ruddy is the School of Humanities and Social Sciences liaison to the Medical Careers Advisory Committee.