The College's academic advising system strikes the balance between making advisors easily accessible and encouraging student initiative in seeking advice. Upon entering Wells, each student is assigned an academic advisor. It is the special responsibility of these advisors to encourage each student to choose a program of study within the liberal arts that is varied and broad. These members of our faculty are experts in their field, and they know better than anyone the ways that our courses and programs align with the newest developments in education and careers.
Upon declaration of major, each student selects or is assigned an advisor from the major field who will help guide her or his studies. Although a student is assigned to one particular advisor, students are encouraged to consult with anyone or with several advisors to gain opinions, expertise, and perspectives. As our students make new discoveries and develop new interests, their questions and conversations help to clarify what they want to do after graduation or in what ways additional information can help their career trajectories.
New students will have the opportunity to become acquainted with the College community, consult with a faculty advisor regarding a degree program, and register for classes at Wells Warm-up or during orientation sessions. Continuing students register for fall classes during the designated registration period in the spring semester, and register for spring classes during the designated registration period in the fall semester. During the week of academic advising just prior to registration, the student's schedule for the semester shall be planned with, and approved by, the student's faculty advisor.