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College Advisors

Each incoming student has a college advisor assigned to work with them – these assignments are made in August.   This faculty or staff member is called your college advisor – and not your academic advisor – for 2 reasons.  First, their advising role extends beyond academics to encompass helping you think about many aspects of your college career including class options each semester, your educational and personal goals, possible majors and careers, co-curricular opportunities that may interest you, and many other things.  The college advisor title also reflects the fact that many students sustain a relationship with their advisor across all four years at Duke, rather than ending when they declare their major and have a major advisor assigned.  Because your college advisor’s role is to advise you broadly, and not on a particular academic pathway, he/she may not have similar academic interests to yours.

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Meeting with your advisor

You may see your advisor as often as you like and contact her or him by e-mail and telephone. We encourage you to cultivate this important mentoring relationship early and often. At minimum, all students are required to see their advisor once per semester, during preregistration. You can look forward to discussing your proposed course schedule in this meeting. When the meeting concludes, your advisor will make you eligible to register for the following semester.

Any student earning one F or two D grades at midterm will be contacted by her or his advisor for a mandatory meeting. This meeting will focus on the student’s academic progress, and the student can ask the advisor for assistance from campus resources. Our research shows that these meetings—and subsequent use of support—have a measurable impact on students' ability to improve their grades.