Close student-faculty relationships are a central feature of a Hampshire education. Advisors provide academic advice, support, serve as mentors in their field, and help the student successfully navigate their academic path. The advisor/advisee connection can be strengthened when the student and faculty member work closely together on common academic projects.
The first-year Division I advisor is assigned to the student based on the student's tutorial, a first-year course specially designated for first year students only. The Division I advisor typically stays with the student until the student has filed for Division II and has an assigned Division II committee, which happens (at the latest) by the beginning of the fourth semester. Transfer students will be assigned an advisor based on their interests, and keep that advisor at least until Division II is filed.
First-year students are expected to meet with their academic advisor, at a minimum, on advising days and during progress review week at the end of the semester. Division II and Division III students should meet with their full committee regularly over the course of the semester and individually with their advisor as needed during the four semesters of Division II and the two semesters of Division III. Transfer students should follow these same guidelines.
Central responsibilities of the advisor:
- Assist students in articulating their academic interests
- Assist students in planning their academic program, including course selection, deciding on internships, encouraging field study and study abroad opportunities when appropriate
- Contribute to the determination of student academic standing (see guidelines for academic progress)
- Write letters of recommendation, upon request
- Counsel students about exchange/study abroad, field study, personal leave of absence, and withdrawal