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Discussions


Advisee-advisor interactions primarily will involve discussions to encourage reflection on decisions in academic planning, as noted below. The College expects that over the course of the first three years each student will become self-sufficient and independent in making decisions about the student’s educational plans, and that the advisor will facilitate such growth.
The College expects that students will familiarize themselves with:

Questions about the above topics can be directed to the Registrar’s Office or the Associate Dean of Students for Academics, as appropriate.

The College expects that advisors will communicate their availability for preregistration and informal meetings, and that students will make appointments for preregistration planning and for other discussions.

During their meetings, the student and advisor should discuss:
  • The student’s educational plan, which will evolve over time and should reflect both the student’s particular interests and abilities and the College’s purposes and goals. The advisor should inquire about the student’s plan and provide feedback and advice, as appropriate.
  • Courses throughout the College curriculum, including areas of study with which the student is unfamiliar.
  • Whether or not off-campus study should be included in the student’s educational plan.
  • The reasons for the student’s choice of concentration.
  • The student’s progress toward completion of any chosen concentration and minor.
  • What campus resources are available to assist with academic, career, and personal concerns, and, when appropriate, the advisor should make recommendations about what service(s) the student may wish to use.
  • How the student’s choices contribute to post-Hamilton career plans.
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