This site is intended as a resource for you in advising first-year students. It includes some basic information that you may not have at your finger tips and that may be helpful in answering specific questions. It includes course recommendations appropriate to first-year students for every department and program on campus, and listing for the phone-bank of representative faculty from every department and program who will be available to answer questions that may come up during your conversation with an advisee.
It is appropriate to spend about 30 minutes with each of your advisees. Your advisee is expected and has been instructed to come prepared to this meeting. You are not expected to know about the entire curriculum, about every course of study, or the answer to every question. We have provided some materials here to help answer these questions if they come up in a meeting. We do ask that you review basic requirements with your advisees. (See list of things to cover during first, second, and third meetings.) That said, you will be most helpful to your advisees if you can engage them in a larger discussion of their aims for their Dartmouth experience, and if you can show them how one might connect individual decisions about academic and curricular choices with their larger academic and life goals. You are not there to make decisions for your advisees, and it must be clear to them that ultimately their decisions are their own. But we hope you can participate in the process and help them see some of the various implications of their decision making.
Last Updated: 9/4/13