Academic Advising


Gustavus Adolphus College utilizes a faculty-based advising system with training and support from the Center for Academic Resources & Enhancement (CARE). An incoming student will be assigned their First Term Seminar or Three Crowns Curriculum professor as their first advisor. A student may choose to change their advisor due to personal preference or interest area. Students must change their advisor to an advisor within the specific department when choosing a major.

CARE provides additional academic advising, support and resources, for students who want to:
  • Develop more effective study skills and habits
  • Explore options for potential majors, minors, graduate study, or future careers
  • Draft a semester-by-semester plan
  • Prepare for registration sessions
  • Address academic challenges related to leaves of absence, illness, incomplete grades, or other academic difficulties

Responsibilities: Who's Responsible for What?

Student Advisee Responsibilities
  • to pursue information and advice from faculty and staff using an advisor for referrals;
  • to know graduation requirements and track progress towards a degree using online degree audit;
  • to know academic deadlines as announced by e-mail from the Registrar;
  • to know the College‚Äôs academic honesty Honor Code and consequences for dishonesty as explained by advisors and professors;
  • to prepare for an advisor meeting for registration approval;
  • to research possible future plans: major, study abroad, internships, graduate or professional school study, career fields, etc. by using campus resources;
  • to let an advisor know about academic difficulties for referral to campus resources.
Professional Advisor Responsibilities
  • advocacy for student, a welcome into learning, a network of faculty and staff who care
  • knowledge of general education, major and graduation requirements and the preparation needed for graduate and professional programs;
  • knowledge of the College, campus resources and of the whole life of a student at a residential college, with awareness of opportunities for learning outside the classroom;
  • accessibility for conversations via office hours or appointments;
  • openness to listen to what one is thinking about and considering;
  • intrusion: to speak the truth about what is see in behavior and achievement and to offer suggestions.