Academic Advising

The most important contact for every new student is her advising team. Matched by general and academic interests, this team serves as a student’s first bridge to her future. Faculty, alumnae, student life and upperclasswomen partner together to surround each student with a team of mentors devoted to her success.

After a careful review of each student’s academic goals, a first-year advising team is assigned. During the first three-week session in the fall, the student and her advising team meet to talk about how to make choices about coursework and academic programs — not only for the first semester, but beyond. All advising teams are immersed in the College’s programs and knowledgeable about opportunities for independent research, study abroad, internships and post-graduate study and careers.

The primary goal of the advising team is to nurture an independent student capable of making solid decisions about academic — and ultimately — life directions. In the close and connected community of Sweet Briar College, the advising team is comprised of valuable mentors and advocates. The advising team serves as a sounding board for students’ concerns and is the first to celebrate student success.

As soon as a student identifies her major, minor or the certificate programs she may wish to complete, she will be assigned an advisor in that specific area. Working with an expert in the field allows a deeper focus in a discipline or area of interdisciplinary study. Since these academic advisors remain connected with alumnae who have gone to graduate school or onto a career path, they help current students develop post-graduate goals and real-world contacts. Our faculty also connect students to networks of colleagues throughout the world.

The advising program at Sweet Briar serves to guide each student through the crucial years of building an educational foundation to support her future goals. The priority of faculty advisors is to support students, provide sound guidance, help navigate inevitable challenges and honor successes.