The advising program at Sweet Briar encourages students to make informed decisions about their own academic progress. Coordinated by the Director of Academic Advising, the program provides assistance for students as they develop their educational objectives and integrate their academic and co-curricular experiences.
Prior to her arrival, each student is matched with a first-year academic advisor on the basis of shared interests. Upon declaration of a major, her principal academic advisor will become a faculty member from that program. Supplementary advising of first-year students and sophomores is normally the responsibility of the Director of Academic Advising. Supplementary advising of juniors and seniors is normally the responsibility of the Dean of the College.
In the process of helping students make their own choices, academic advisors interpret College requirements, assist with course selections, monitor advisees’ academic progress, and make referrals to campus resources.
The responsibility for advising students about graduate programs and career plans is shared among the Dean of the College, the Director of Academic Advising, members of the faculty, and the Career Services staff.
First-Year Academic Advising
Sweet Briar students actively participate in planning their own education. For this reason, the College’s advising program maintains a strong focus on self-assessment and decision-making. A first-year student receives information about her pre-major academic advisor and the advising process when she arrives on campus for Orientation. During Orientation, a student will meet with her advisor to begin planning her program.
As the process unfolds, each student creates a network of key individuals who will help her to make informed decisions about her academic work, pre-professional experiences, and co-curricular activities.