Types of Advisors

Fairfield University offers you many opportunities to engage with faculty and many resources for academic planning and advising. By seeking out such assistance, you can enrich your academic experience and make the most of your undergraduate years.

Faculty Advisors

oae_mentor10If you declared a major on admission to Fairfield University, you will be assigned a faculty advisor in that academic discipline. Undeclared students are also assigned a faculty advisor. However, when you declare a major, you will be reassigned to an advisor in the academic discipline chosen. You can find the name of your faculty advisor by logging into my.Fairfield, clicking on the "My Academics" tab, looking in the Student Records channel, and going to Student Information.

Advisors are available to meet regularly with you, monitor your progress, advise you at registration time, and discuss courses and programs of study. Keep in mind that a good advising relationship develops over time - so get to know your advisor and share information with him or her.

A faculty advisor can be particularly useful in helping you understand the core curriculum and the ways in which core courses work together to form the basis of a well-rounded education. The process of making connections among courses is often made explicit in interdisciplinary courses, courses that involve service learning, and those that have students conduct their own research. Ask your advisor about such opportunities, consider how courses in different areas might be related to each other, and make choices accordingly.

Office of Academic Support and Retention

The Office of Academic Support and Retention is available to all students exploring choice of major and minor, including those considering a change of major. Services are provided to students regardless of class year. The Office of Academic Support and Retention also works with faculty advisors and academic deans' offices to ensure the academic progress of all first-year students.

Peer Advising

Through the First Year Experience course, students connect with a New Student Leader (NSL) a sophomore, junior, or senior who was chosen and trained to address some of the concerns many students have when they start college. With knowledge of basic academic advising, the NSL is a good source to answer your questions about core requirements, registration procedures, planning for meetings with your faculty advisor, and other advising resources on campus.