Advisors, assisted by Peer Leaders, help students set goals, select courses, understand the curriculum and degree requirements, frame questions about career interests, and identify College resources.
Academic advisors are academic mentors who notice what is happening to their advisees, pay attention to their academic progress, and help them work towards completing their degrees and identifying and fulfilling their academic goals. Academic advising at Kalamazoo College helps students to develop academic plans compatible with their interests, abilities, and goals; plan a course of on- and off-campus study and meet degree requirements; grow intellectually and personally; and make the most of their undergraduate education.
New students are assigned to an advisor linked to the First-Year Seminar. In winter of sophomore year, students are required to declare a major and may move to an advisor in the major department. Departmental Student Advisors (DSA) provide a student perspective on majors, minors, and concentrations.
The College provides advisors with a strong training program and excellent advising materials so that faculty knows how to work most effectively within the developmental advising model and to be even more effective with our students.