Undergraduate Academic Advising
All students enrolled as degree candidates at Hood have an academic guide known as their academic advisor. 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. Advisors are also available to help connect you with the resources you might need to be fully successful in achieving these goals, including additional academic support (tutoring or study skills coaching) or assistance in understanding College policies.
Objectives of Academic Advising
Through academic advising, students will:
1. Evaluate academic and personal interests, strengths and challenges to create and refine an educational 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.
Advisors are here to provide you with support and assistance, but cannot make decisions 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 will expect you to be involved and engaged in this process to make decisions for yourself.
First year students enter the College as undeclared but may declare their major as early as the first semester, if they feel ready, but no later than the end of sophomore year. This gives an opportunity to explore options before getting too far into one particular major. Transfer students declare their major upon entry.
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How do I register for classes using self-service?
View the Student User Guide under Quick Links in self-service.
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 top 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.
The declaration of major form is on the Registrar's forms page; have the chair of the department of the major sign the form and assign a new advisor, and turn the form into the Registrar's office for processing.
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 ("DPR") as a guide. Your degree progress report can be found on self service under Reports after you log in.
There will be times when a new advisor is assigned to you, for example, when you declare a new or different major, or your current advisor retires, goes on sabbatical (leave), or leaves the university. But sometimes, students may wish to request a different advisor. Hopefully, throughout your time with your current advisor you have been responsive, discussed concerns and updates, and shared responsibility for the process. If your request is due to a complaint, as with any negative experience, you should first discuss your concerns directly with your advisor in an attempt to resolve them.
To request a new academic advisor, complete the Change of Undergraduate Major/Graduate Program/Minor/ProgramAdvisor form on the Registrar’s forms page, completing the information at the top and the Change of Advisor “from” section. If you have declared a major and your advisor is a faculty in your major department, discuss your request with the Chair of your department, and if he/she approves your request, you will be assigned a new advisor. If you are undeclared, or you have declared a major, but your advisor is outside your major department, discuss your request with the Dean of Student Success, The completed form should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.