Advising

Advising Students

All students enrolled as degree candidates at Hood have an academic guide known as their academic adviser.

This individual is an experienced faculty or staff member who is here to work with you as you develop your academic plan and overall goals. Advisers are also available to help connect you with the resources you might need to be fully successful in achieving these goals, be that additional academic support (tutoring or study skills help) or assistance in understanding the College policies. 

Advisers are here to provide you with support and assistance, but they are not able to make decisions directly for you. That responsibility rests with you.

Academic advisers are well-informed about Hood policies and academic programs and can make suggestions and recommendations, but advisers will expect you to be involved and engaged in this process and making decisions for yourself.

You will not declare your major until your second year studying at the College. This gives you a chance to explore many options and to really think about what area you might want to study before getting too deep into a particular major. Efforts are made to connect you with advisers who specialize in advising in a particular discipline, but this may sometimes mean that when you declare your major, you may have to find a new advisor from that area as well.

How do I register for classes using self-service? 

Academic Services/CAAR will be hosting a "Self-Service/Registering for classes online" tutorial Oct. 30th 1-2p, Oct. 31st 4-5p, and Nov.1st 1-2pm. This event will be held in the doctoral classroom on the 1st floor of the library.  

Can't make this event? The tutorial will be available online under "Student Resources" Nov. 12th.

Who is my adviser?

You can find your adviser's name in self-service.  Click on your class schedule and the adviser will be listed at the very bottom of the page.

What is the role of my adviser?

Advisers are here to provide you with support and assistance, but they are not able to make decisions directly for you. That responsibility rests with you.  Academic advisers are well-informed about Hood policies and academic programs and can make suggestions and recommendations, but advisers will expect you to be involved and engaged in this process and making decisions for yourself.

When do I declare my major? 

You will not declare your major until your second year studying at the College. This gives you a chance to explore many options and to really think about what area you might want to study before getting too deep into a particular major. Efforts are made to connect you with advisers who specialize in advising in a particular discipline, but this may sometimes mean that when you declare your major, you may have to find a new adviser from that area as well.

What is my role as a student? 

You are ultimately responsible for your academic planning - of each semester, of each academic year and of degree completion.  As a student, you are to be involved and engaged in this process and make decisions for yourself. 

How can I keep track of what coursework I have completed in my major?

Consult with your adviser and use your degree progress report as a guide. Your degree progress report can be found on self service on the first page after you log in. Click on the link marked “Degree Progress.”

For more information, click here.