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Academic Advising Resources

The advising system consists of a host of different resources and people that students will access at different points during their academic careers. The system is decentralized by design. The enormous range of available opportunities means that no single person has mastery of all the possible paths or options. Thus, students won't have a single advisor throughout their entire time at Dartmouth, though at any given time they may rely on the advice of an individual person (faculty member, administrator, peer advisor) to a greater or lesser extent. As a student moves through Dartmouth, the nature of the advice a student needs changes dramatically, and with these changes so do the appropriate advice-networks. Academic advising works best when a student appreciates his or her own role in understanding the questions they have and taking the initiative to seek the advice they need.  
- Cecilia Gaposchkin, Ph.D., Assistant Dean of the Faculty for Pre-Major Advising

Undergraduate Deans Office

Undergraduate Deans support and advise students on all issues that may impact academic success -- balancing social activity, illness, inability to complete a course, relations with faculty, etc.  They also help students navigate Dartmouth academic policies and procedures. Ultimately, the role of the Undergraduate Deans Office in the academic development of students is to help them to function independently -- to be able to locate resources, to access information and to act in their own interests.

Additional academic advising resources are listed below:

Academic Skills Center

The Academic Skills Center helps students improve their ability to do well academically through 1) learning strategies (memory improvement, reading, note-taking, exam preparation, stress management) and 2) pre-major academic advising (D-plan, course selection).  Individual tutors and study groups are also available.

Center for Professional Development

The Center for Professional Development (located at 63 South Main Street, on the 2nd floor of the Bank of America building) supports and assists students in considering and preparing for their postgraduate careers.  Students are provided with important resources in career exploration, internship opportunities, job search strategies and writing resumes.

Center for Professional Development staff also offers valuable direction in preparing for and applying to graduate and professional schools: Graduate School (general advice), Allopathic Medical School (MD), Architecture Programs, Business School, Health Professions Schools, Law School, Psychology Programs.

Health Professions Program: Pre-Health Advising

The Health Professions Program offers students (first-year through alum) walk-in hours, appointments and programs designed to help them navigate the many facets of a pre-health journey. Our staff helps students learn the requirements of the pre-health curriculum at Dartmouth, and assists them in designing their D-Plan and maximizing opportunities that help them discover, and then prepare to achieve, their unique personal and academic goals.

For students who choose to apply to medical school, the Health Professions Program staff offers comprehensive guidance for all the steps of the application process.

For more details visit the Nathan Smith Society at

Office of Pluralism & Leadership

OPAL works with individual students as well as student communities and organizations to facilitate academic, personal, social, & cultural development and success. OPAL offers advice on effectively accessing academic resources, services and opportunities across campus.

Office of Pre-Major Advising & Research

Pre-Major Advising
The Pre-major adviser facilitates productive advising relationships between faculty and students in their first and second years who have not yet declared a major. Students and faculty are provided with valuable resources concerning courses, major requirements, and D-plan preparation, as well as links to other helpful sites.

Undergraduate Research
The Office of Undergraduate Research oversees programs that provide opportunities for students to engage in research with a Dartmouth College faculty mentor. Students acquire first hand experience in an academic field of research while developing important skills such as critical thinking, information gathering and processing, and effective communication.

Scholarship Advising Office
The Scholarship Advising Office supports and assists students applying for national fellowships and scholarships for postgraduate study abroad and research, projects and graduate school.

Student Accessibility Services

Works with students, faculty, staff, and the campus administration to ensure that the programs, services, and activities of Dartmouth College are accessible to, and useable by, students with disabilities. We work to promote a welcoming Dartmouth College that is increasingly inclusive of people with disabilities in all aspects of its environment and in the attitudes, behaviors and endeavors of Dartmouth’s students, staff, faculty, and community.

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Departmental Advisors

As students begin to define their academic and intellectual interests, departmental advisors in their intended major assume greater responsibility for academic advising.

Questions at this stage are often about finishing the requirements of the major, engaging in research, whether or not to do a thesis, how to integrate non-major courses in their study, and so forth. Each Department has its own particular system for advising majors.

Peer Advising

Deans Office Student Consultants (DOSCs), trained by the Deans office, offer academic advising in the residential clusters. They are prepared to answer questions regarding major courses and curriculum requirements, D-plan strategies, internship and research opportunities, off-campus programs, time management skills, reading comprehension and study strategies.

Peer Academic Link has upperclass students available and willing to be contacted about their major experiences. PALs are an excellent way to get a student's perspective on what your years in a particular major could be like.

Undergraduate Advisors offer advice through the Office of Residential Life.  They are able to assist students in identifying appropriate academic resources and contacts.

Last Updated: 10/15/13