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How am I assigned an academic advisor?
When you choose your First-Year Initiatives (FYI) seminar, the faculty member who teaches it becomes your Initiatives advisor.

If you are transfer student, you will be assigned a general advisor to work with you during your transition to Beloit College (and to assist you in connecting with faculty from different departments).  You may declare a major as soon as you are ready and then you will be assigned a faculty member from that department as your advisor.

If you are an exchange student, you will be assigned an advisor (usually from the Office of International Education) to work with you during your time at Beloit College.

If you are an international student (transfer, degree-seeking or exchange) you will have a second advisor from the Office of International Education.


Why don't you assign me an advisor in my major?
As a first-year student, a major advisor is not essential in this environment where you are encouraged to take a variety of courses to explore many disciplines within the liberal arts.  Furthermore, most students change their majors several times between the time that they complete an application to Beloit and graduate from Beloit.


How long before I can declare a major?
You can declare a major as soon as you wish but most students are encouraged to explore during their first year and into their second year.


How long do I have before I must declare a major?
You have until the second semester of your sophomore year (or five semesters before you wish to graduate) to declare a major.


How do I declare a major?
Obtain a Major/Minor/Program Declaration Card (bright yellow color) from the Registrar's Office (Pearsons, 2nd floor), go to the involved faculty/department chairs for conversations/information/signatures, and return the card to the to the Registrar's Office.


Can I change my major? Can I add a second major and/or minor?
Sure, just consult with your new (or additional major) advisor as well as with your previous advisor (Initiatives or first major advisor), and get the appropriate signatures on the Major/Minor/Program Declaration Card (see response above).


What does my advisor do?
Your Initiatives advisor provides information, guidance and assistance in a variety of academic arenas.  Your major advisor does the same, but more specific to your major or minor, and with a greater emphasis on mentoring you.