Advising is one of the hallmarks of an Allegheny education and a tangible demonstration of the close interactions we celebrate as an institution. Allegheny students have an evolving advising team during their time on campus, from the “entrance advisor” who welcomes them to the community and helps them schedule their first-semester courses, to their “exploratory advisor” who teaches their first-year advising lab and advises them until they declare a major, to their “major advisor(s)” who will help them navigate their academic programs, to their “senior project advisor”, who works with students to complete their Senior Comprehensive Project. Along the path from Matriculation to Commencement, students will benefit from great relationships with other faculty and staff who will offer advice – their instructors, coaches, and staff from the Student Success, Institutional Advancement, the Class Deans, and an array of other offices.
Allegheny students should:
Know: Program requirements; graduation requirements and intent of the FS program (NB: or its successor program, if approved) and the Distribution Requirements (DR) in helping students achieve outcomes of College mission statement; availability of resources
Do: Articulate educational and early career goals; use campus resources; develop a social/support network
Value: Liberal arts education; multiple ways of knowing; importance of lifelong learning; role of advising in shaping educational plans; relationships with advisors
Allegheny advisors should:
Know: Accurate information about college requirements, policies, procedures, and resources
Do: Build students’ understanding of curriculum; practice ethical/legal standards by respecting student confidentiality and diversity; regularly participate in development opportunities to remain current in advising practices and college policies/procedures
Value: Liberal arts education; multiple ways of knowing; importance of lifelong learning; role of advising in shaping educational plans; relationships with students
This handbook is a small effort at helping advisors meet some of those goals. It brings together, in a single document, information on major and minor program requirements as well as other details of the academic program at Allegheny. It also includes a wealth of information on resources and opportunities available to your student advisees. If you have questions that are not covered in this handbook, please ask!
We view this document as a work in progress, one that should evolve and change to best meet the needs of advisors at Allegheny. As such, we welcome your feedback and advice on how to make this a more useful resource.
Co-directors of Academic Advising
Dean for the Student Experience
Professor of History
Professor of Music