Your college advisor will listen carefully as you talk about your ideas, will respond thoughtfully in recommending paths you might pursue and will connect you to a network of mentors in the Duke community. When you meet with your advisor, you will bring a set of ideas, interests and a list of courses that appeal to you. During your meetings, your advisor will assist you with course selection and provide guidance and information on curriculum requirements and academic opportunities at Duke. Your advisor has access to your course schedule and grades and can help you find ways to improve your academic performance if you are struggling with a class or other challenges.
Your advisor will also work closely with you to identify your disciplinary interests. When you are ready to join a department as an undergraduate major, your advisor will review and approve your long range plan, a document that students complete as part of the major declaration process. Once you declare your major, you'll be connected to an advisor in your home department.