Students have the following responsibilities:

  • to engage actively and intentionally in planning their educational trajectory;
  • to develop an academic plan that achieves breadth and depth in the liberal arts, and to reevaluate that plan regularly in light of their developing interests and skills;
  • to seek advice or referral from the Director of Advising and from others when they have academic, career, or personal concerns;
  • to prepare for and attend all advising appointments and workshops;
  • to strengthen their ability to make thoughtful, well-informed choices, and to take responsibility for their own academic and personal decisions.

Advising Guidelines:

  1. Students ought to think about larger goals. It is not essential to decide on what one wishes to do immediately upon graduation or even for the rest of one’s Carleton career, though students are encouraged to occasionally consider the big picture and plan ahead in discussions with advisers and other resources at Carleton.
  2. Advisees ought to sign up promptly for meetings. Most advisers contact their advisees a few weeks before Advising Days, but students may initiate contact sooner.
  3. Students cannot register until they have met with their advisers. It is a violation of Carleton’s Academic Integrity Policy to indicate that you have met with your adviser prior to registration when you have not.
  4. Students ought to become familiar with the Academic Regulations and Graduation Requirements of the College. Advisees should direct their questions to their adviser first.
  5. Web registration is what students use to register for their courses.
  6. Students are responsible for keeping track of deadlines, especially add/drop and S/CR/NC deadlines each term.
  7. Students should be familiar with “Understanding Plagiarism” and discuss any questions they have with their adviser.
  8. Before meeting with their adviser, students ought to give some thought to what they hope to accomplish in the next term, next year, etc. For information on specific courses, advisees should read Catalog descriptions, talk with Student Departmental Advisers (SDAs), or contact the instructors directly via email or during office hours.
  9. Students who fall into academic difficulty ought to use their adviser as a resource more frequently. If they receive a mid-term report of a problem from one or more of your instructors, advisees should immediately make an appointment to see their adviser to discuss options. Students can also get help from the College’s Academic Support Services: tutoring, Math Skills Center, The Writing Center, English as a Second Language (ESL), and the Language Center.