Undergraduate Academic Advising
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.
Objectives of Academic Advising
Through academic advising, students will:
1. Evaluate academic and personal interests, strengths and challenges to create and refine a four-year degree plan.
2. Identify and utilize campus resources and opportunities that enrich educational experiences, and that contribute to wellness and campus engagement.
3. Understand key academic policies, processes, and procedures related to advising and degree progression.
4. Apply appropriate academic success strategies to maximize learning, motivation, organization, and time management.
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 advisors will expect you to be involved and engaged in this process and making decisions for yourself.
First year students enter the College as undeclared, but may declare their major as early as the second semester, and no later than the end of sophomore year. This gives the opportunity to explore options and really think about what area you might want to study before getting too deep into a particular major. Transfer students declare their major upon entry.
Advising and registration- tips for students to prepare
Advising syllabus- a document summarizing "what is advising?"
Catalog- select your year of entry for all core, major, graduation, and policy requirements
Core requirements and suggested first year courses by major- at-a-glance guide
Registrar's Office forms
Registration guide for new students
How do I register for classes using self-service?
View the online registration help guide.
Who is my advisor?
You can find your advisor's name in self-service. Click on your class schedule and the advisor will be listed at the very bottom of the page.
What is the role of my advisor?
Advisors 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 advisors are well-informed about Hood policies and academic programs and can make suggestions and recommendations, but advisors will expect you to be involved and engaged in this process and making decisions for yourself.
When do I declare my major?
First year students will enter as undeclared, but may declare once registered for second semester, and no later than the end of sophomore year. This gives the 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. Most first year students will be assigned to their First Year Seminar (FYS) instructor who will serve as their advisor during this exploratory period. Students in some programs may be assigned to a staff advisor, or to a faculty advisor within the major of interest.
Transfer students are assigned a faculty advisor within their major.
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 advisor 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.”