Please note: This is NOT the most current catalog.
Academic Advising at St. Olaf College
Academic advising at St. Olaf College encourages the integration of the mind, body, and spirit as students pursue academic, career, and lifelong goals. Central to this developmental process is the partnership between students and their faculty advisers. This partnership assists students in directing their intellectual curiosities and overcoming personal or academic barriers to learning and guides them in attaining their goals.
Each student is entitled to a faculty adviser. Advisers for new students are assigned by the Academic Advis-ing Center. The student may remain with this faculty member or change to another faculty adviser at a later date with the permission of the new faculty adviser. After completing at least one semester, all stu-dents have the right to change to a different faculty adviser at any time during the academic year.
The Academic Advising Center and the department chairs and program directors oversee the re-assignment of advisees for faculty on sabbaticals or other leaves.
The advice of faculty advisers does not constitute a promise or a contract ensuring a student’s gradu-ation on schedule or the completion of specific requirements. Students and faculty advisers must refer to the Class and Lab Schedules to determine which courses fulfill specific graduation requirements. The responsibility for understanding and meeting degree requirements rests entirely with the student. Stu-dents have access to their academic records at any time on St. Olaf’s World Wide Web pages.
The responsibility for understanding and meeting degree requirements rests entirely with the student. To fulfill this responsibility, students should follow the guidelines below:
- Develop plans for achieving academic, career, and personal goals;
- Take the initiative to acquire advice and to develop a relationship with a faculty adviser;
- Become familiar with the general education requirements and graduation requirements;
- Schedule appointments with assigned faculty adviser when requested and prepare for the meeting;
- Consult with the faculty adviser if making major changes in the semester class schedule or when drop-ping courses during the semester.
Faculty advisers assist the student in fulfilling
their responsibilities by:
- Being accessible;
- Empowering advisees to explore and make their own decisions regarding
academic, career and
- Assisting advisees in long-range planning as well as immediate
- Assisting advisees in making choices that will
lead to developing a realistic major;
- Providing advice and when
appropriate referring advisees to the relevant office or resource
- Not guessing in response to an advisee question about
policy or requirements and referring advisee to the relevant
office or person for an answer;
- Encouraging advisees to change
advisers if they no longer have an interest in the adviser's
area and/or it is felt that a positive relationship is not developing.
The advice of faculty advisers does not constitute a promise or a contract ensuring a student’s graduation on schedule, or the completion of specific requirements. The responsibility for understanding and meet-ing degree requirements rests entirely with the student.
Academic Advising Center
The Academic Advising Center (http://www.stolaf.edu/services/aac) provides administrative and curricular support to all St. Olaf students and faculty advisers. The center provides high quality, timely service on routine and general academic curricular questions and encourages all students to become more knowl-edgeable and involved in planning their academic programs.
Academic Peer Advisers (APA)
Academic Peer Advisers are a select group of current St. Olaf College students who assist the Academic Advising Center in providing quality, timely service on routine and general academic curricular questions. With the center, they enable their peers to become more knowledgeable and involved in planning their academic programs. Academic Peer Advisers also assist with academic planning sessions during Week One, set up academic planning sessions during the year, provide support during registration times, and assist the center as needed.