First year Advising: In the fall, the First-year Advisement Program links academic advising to participation in a required First-year Advisement Seminar. This program assists first-year students in developing the skills necessary to make valuable decisions throughout their academic career about their major, their academic goals and career preparedness and in their transition to college. Faculty in the student's major serve as the student's first-year advisor Advisement Seminars instructor, creating opportunities for frequent interaction between advisor and advisee. First-year students who are undeclared have advisors specially skilled to assist them in self-assessment and major exploration. The First-year Advisement Seminar enables students to plan their academic careers while also encouraging them to explore their scholarly interests, to define their needs and talents, and to increase their awareness of, and commitment to, Le Moyne's mission.
Departmental Advising: The Departmental Advisement Program assigns 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 a member of the College's Advising team. Students who remain undeclared in their sophomore year may continue to be advised by either their first-year advisor or a member of the Advising team (Office of Academic and Career Advising, 342 RH).
The importance of the Advisor/Advisee Relationship: While Le Moyne's Advising program aims at fostering a supportive relationship between advisor and student, the advisor and student share responsibility to develop that 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.
To be successful at Le Moyne, 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 students' proposed course schedules and approve them for the student registration on WebAdvisor. These meetings also allow for discussions about the student's major/minor, possible internships, study abroad, service learning 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.