How Advisers are Chosen
Assigning First-Year Students and Sophomores to an Adviser
The Associate Dean of the College is responsible for assigning first-year and sophomore students to an adviser. Whenever possible, first-year students are assigned a faculty adviser that they have a class with their first term at Carleton and continue that relationship until they declare a major during spring term of their sophomore year. Sometimes first-year and sophomore students are reassigned due to faculty leaves and resignations, but whenever possible, are returned to their original adviser when faculty return from leave.
Assigning Majors to an Adviser
Early spring term, sophomores declare a major. Faculty return sophomore advising files to the Registrar's Office. Mid-spring term, the Registrar's Office sends a list of declared majors to the department chair. Departments assign majors to advisers and inform Registrar's Office of adviser assignments. If it's up to you, try not to assign faculty who teach courses for first-year students in the Fall (usually 100-level courses) so they will be able to advise some of their first-year students.