Academic Advising

Advising Services

Gustavus Adolphus College utilizes a faculty-based advising system with training and support from the Center for Academic Resources & Enhancement (CARE). Incoming first-year students are first advised by their First Term Seminar (FTS) or Three Crowns Curriculum professor. After the first semester, a student may choose to change their advisor due to personal preference or interest area. Students then change their advisor to an advisor within a 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

Advising Responsibilities

Student Advisee Responsibilities:
  • to actively explore possible majors and seek referrals from their advisor;
  • to understand graduation requirements and track their degree audit progress;
  • to proactively prepare for advising meetings prior to seeking registration approval;
  • to actively research opportunities to further their post-college trajectory, including study away, internships, graduate or professional school, career fields;
  • to articulate any academic difficulties and seek out appropriate resources;
  • to have a working knowledge of the College’s Honor Code and Academic Honesty Policy, including consequences for dishonesty.
Faculty Advisor Responsibilities:
  • to serve as a resource person to help students explore majors and college resources;
  • to assist with planning an appropriate schedule and reasonable workload;
  • to be reasonably accessible to advisees for advising conversations via office hours and email;
  • to provide opportunities for informal and formal discussion of academic and career priorities, decisions and consequences, and student concerns;
  • to serve as the student’s advocate on campus: A person who helps the student understand and access academic and other campus resources;
  • to teach students about academic integrity and honesty.