The advising program at Sweet Briar encourages students to make informed decisions about their own academic progress. The program provides assistance for students as they develop their educational objectives and integrate their academic and co-curricular experiences.
Prior to her arrival, each student is matched with a first-year academic advisor on the basis of shared interests. All first-year students participate in a one-credit inquiry course (or an honors version of the inquiry course) to help them transition to coursework in higher education. Upon declaration of a major, her principal academic advisor will become a faculty member from that program.
In the process of helping students make their own choices, academic advisors interpret College requirements, assist with course selections, monitor advisees’ academic progress, and make referrals to campus resources.
The responsibility for advising students about graduate programs and career plans is shared among the dean of the College, members of the faculty, and the career services staff.
First-year Academic Advising
Sweet Briar students actively participate in planning their own education. For this reason, the College’s advising program maintains a strong focus on self-assessment and decision-making. The College provides pre-registration and initial academic advising during the summer prior to a student’s first year (or during orientation if needed). During this initial meeting, she receives information about her first-year advisor and about the advising process, and begins to plan her program of study.
As the process unfolds, each student creates a network of key individuals who will help her to make informed decisions about her academic work, pre-professional experiences, and co-curricular activities.