Every student has a faculty advisor at all times. The instructor in the First-Year Seminar (FYS 110) serves as the student's advisor for most of the first year. When a major is declared, usually in March of the first year, advising shifts to a disciplinary faculty advisor who often remains the student’s advisor until graduation. Students who do not declare a major in the first year remain with their first year advisor until a major is declared.

Frequent contact between advisor and student is essential. Faculty advisors initiate some contacts, but students are strongly encouraged to make every effort to maintain a close relationship with their advisors. Because students hold full responsibility for ensuring that specific disciplinary requirements for graduation are completed, frequent and careful review of the College Catalog in consultation with advisors is helpful.