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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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What your advisor does

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.