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Trinity University provides strong academic advising for all students and particularly supports a program for first-year students so that they receive considerable attention and assistance from their faculty advisers.

Trinity Faculty Advisors, the Registrar, New Student Orientation, and the Advising Coordinator work collaboratively to guide students through orientation, class schedules, and program decisions.

In the summer preceding enrollment in the fall:

First-year students receive the names of their faculty academic adviser. The student should expect correspondence from Petra Bowman, Ph.D., the Advising Coordinator, and their faculty advisor in July or early August. Students will register for courses once they arrive on campus and have met with their advisers.

During the first two years:

Advising assignments are done with careful attention to academic interests, but students are expected to tap various faculty to get information and to develop their professional networks on campus. Students typically remain with their one official adviser until they declare a major.

Once a student declares a major:

In the spring semester of the second year (or fall of junior year), students are assigned an adviser from their major. While department chairs can assign students to faculty advisers, students can also request a specific professor within a department. Under these circumstances, students would arrange to meet with their preferred major adviser (in advance of meeting with department chairs to declare a major) to ask if that individual is willing to advise them. If that professor agrees, the student can convey this adviser’s name to the department chair.

Faculty Advisers will:

  • Meet with their advisees prior to registration each semester and at other times when assistance is needed.
  • Be available during scheduled office hours or at other mutually convenient times.
  • Serve as a major resource in solving academic problems at various times during the academic year.
  • Be familiar with the First Year Course Guide, Pathways Curriculum Requirement, the Courses of Study Bulletin, and other academic resources.
  • Help advisees assume responsibility for program planning and course selections.
  • Be able to provide a referral or act as a resource for questions an advisee may have in special areas.