Academic Advising

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Whether your interests are focused or varied, our faculty and advising deans are here to support your intellectual inquisitiveness and initiative.

Our mission is to support academic, personal, and professional growth for all undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences.  We strive to:

  • Support students in curriculum exploration and formulating academic plans
  • Encourage students to participate in academic enhancement opportunities
  • Connect students with university resources to support college experience
  • Partner with faculty and staff to promote student success

Faculty advisors are your go-to source for information about major requirements. You can find your faculty advisor in Student Center under "program advisor."

Advising deans help students explore academic resources, curriculum and understand the academic requirements of the College of Arts & Sciences. You can also discuss academic support resources as well as any challenges you face. Find your advising dean below.

Peer advisors are assigned to all first-year students and can answer questions from a student perspective to ease the transition from high school to college. Learn more about our peer advisors.

Director of Undergraduate Studies in each academic department is also available to help plan a path toward a particular major.

Office of Undergraduate Biology advises on academics and research for all biology majors in both A&S and CALS.

Drop-in Appointments (No appointment is necessary for drop-ins)

If you have quick questions (no more than 10 minutes), you are welcome to use the drop-in appointments. Check in at the Front Desk in KG17 Klarman Hall when you arrive for an appointment or during drop-in hours.

  • Special drop-in hours for all students, Monday, August 20th - Friday, August 24th: 9:00 AM - noon; 1:30 - 4:00 PM.
  • General Advising Drop-In Hours: Mondays & Thursdays, 1:30-4:00 PM
  • Students who are applying for Spring 2019 Study Abroad, and have questions regarding course approvals - please come to Friday Drop-In Hours in September: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM; 1:30 to 4:00 PM
  • Latina/o/x Student Success Office (LSSO) Drop-In Hours (in 438 Rockefeller Hall): Fridays, 1:30-4:00 PM

Online Scheduling for Advising Appointments

You can schedule, reschedule, or cancel appointments with your advising dean – from anywhere, anytime, and with any device. Click here to view the guide on how to make appointments online. Advising deans are assigned based on your class and first letter of your last name.

Academic Advising Deans

Freshman and Sophomore
A-C Jayla Greene Jayla Greene
Advising Dean
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E-J Jim Finlay Jim Finlay
Advising Dean
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K Bonnie Comella Bonnie Comella
Director of Advising
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L-O Clare McMillan Clare McMillan
Advising Dean
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P-S Carlo Lindo

Carlo Lindo
Advising Dean
(returning August 27th, 2018)
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Schedule appointment with Dean Lindo (on or after August 27th)

D, T-Z Catherine Ramirez
Advising Dean
(appointments begin August 23rd, 2018)
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Junior and Senior
A-C, R Naya Sou Naya Sou
Advising Dean
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D-J Rich Keller Rich Keller
Advising Dean
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K Bonnie Comella Bonnie Comella
Director of Advising
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L, U, V, Z Juliette Corazón Juliette Corazón
Advising Dean
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M-Q Ekaterina Pirozhenko Ekaterina Pirozhenko
Advising Dean
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S, T, W-Y Paul Sulzer Paul Sulzer
Advising Dean
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Specialized Appointment Types

Fall 2018 Important Dates:

September 6: 

  • Last day to add a course (including FWS)

October 18:

  • Last day to drop 
  • Last day to change grade option 

October 19 - November 16:

  • Withdrawal from courses by petition only. Withdrawal from all courses during this time will appear on the official transcript with the notation of "W." To see the policy on dropping courses, go to:

Seven-Week Classes: 

  • 7 Week 1 - Add ends 8/30/2018, drop ends 9/20/2018
  • 7 Week 2 - Add ends 10/15/2018, drop ends 10/12/2018 

Please note that add/drop dates for PE classes often vary and will be noted with the class information. 

Note: You can go up or down one credit hour in a variable credit course without a petition all semester. Complete and turn in an add/drop form to change credit hours. 

Advising tips about “Important Dates” 

  • If you are on a waitlist for a course and find out you’ve been accepted into it, then please note that you will still need to add the course officially. Instructors cannot add or drop courses on your schedule. 
  • If you wish to add a course, you should do so as early in the semester as possible. Even though you have 15 days, it will be difficult to catch up in a course that you have not been attending all along. 
  • Drops: allowed through the end of the day on March 21st. There will be no indication of a drop on your transcript. You might find it helpful to discuss any changes to your schedule with your instructor, faculty advisor, and advising dean. 
  • Withdrawals: Petitions to withdraw from courses may not be submitted after the published deadline (November 16th). See your advising dean to get the petition. All petitions require the signatures of your faculty advisor and the course instructor, so be sure to begin this process early enough that you can submit your petition by the deadline. Paperwork must be submitted to the advising office in Klarman Hall, KG 17, by the end of the business day on the last day to withdraw. (If you withdraw from a class after April 27th, you will receive a W even if you never attended the class.) 
  • S/U option (“Student option” in PeopleSoft): Keep in mind that S/U is not same as pass/fail. You must earn at least a C- to receive an S, a grade of D+ or lower will result in a U.) 

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