Advising for first-year students begins prior to the first day of classes. Once students choose Le Moyne College, they receive Heading to the Heights, a First-year Student Guide, and access to an Online Advanced Registration System (OARS) that prepares them for a one-day “Summer Welcome” where they will meet an academic advisor in their major, complete their fall course schedule and take placement tests. This pre-college program is designed to acquaint students and their parents primarily with the academic aspects of the first-year experience.
First Year of College
First-year students are assigned to an academic advisor in their major or, if undeclared, with a professional advisor in the Student Success Center. The student’s first-year advisor should be considered a primary mentor and is critical in helping the new student develop the skills necessary to make valuable decisions throughout their academic career and in their major. Frequent interaction between first-year advisor and student is essential, especially in the first semester.
After the first year, Le Moyne assigns upper-division faculty advisors to sophomores, juniors, seniors and transfer students. Each student is advised by the department chair of the major or a faculty designee of the chair. Transfer students who are undeclared are advised by the dean for academic advising and support, or the dean’s designee. Students who remain undeclared in their sophomore year may continue to be advised by either their first-year advisor or the dean/dean’s designee.
The Advisor/Advisee Relationship
The advisor and student share equal responsibility to develop a meaningful relationship. Advisors can provide guidance and mentoring to help students make informed choices. However, students are ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of their degree programs.
Students should meet on an individual basis with their advisor several times each semester. Both individual and group meetings are quite important, especially prior to registration, as academic advisors must review the students’ proposed schedules and approve them for student registration on WebAdvisor. These meetings also allow for discussions about the student’s major/minor, possible internships, and career planning. Some departments schedule group advisement to inform students about activities and new classes in the major while others offer special programming and events regarding major-related topics, e.g., departmental research opportunities and internships.