The mission of academic advising at DePauw University is to assist students in identifying and exploring their intellectual, personal, and professional goals and in developing meaningful educational plans to attain these goals.
Academic advising is a collaborative endeavor in which relationships between students and their advisors are central. Advisors encourage students to reflect regularly upon their skills, interests, and goals, and to connect them to curricular and co-curricular opportunities at DePauw. Advisors make every effort to convey an understanding of the value of a liberal arts education and provide accurate information about the curriculum and graduation requirements. Students should seek counsel from their academic advisors if they have questions or if they experience academic difficulties, and we encourage students to share their aspirations and successes.
Ultimately, academic advising seeks to prepare students for a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, self discovery, and fulfillment as thoughtful and involved citizens in a global society.
Each new student is assigned a faculty advisor when they begin at DePauw. A first-year student's advisor is assigned based on their First-Year Seminar. In most cases, the First-Year Seminar instructor serves as a student's advisor.
Transfer students and international exchange students are assigned a faculty advisor by the Registrar's Office based on their intended area of study.
Each new student starting with the class of 2022 is also assigned a Commitment advisor. In concert with the faculty advisor, the Commitment advisor guides the student through co-curricular activities and helps the student pair their curricular work with programs and groups across campus they are passionate about. In some cases, the First-Year Seminar instructor also serves as the student's Commitment advisor.
Advising in the Major
By March of their second year, each student chooses a major field of study and an advisor in that field. The student files this information with the Registrar’s Office (see the form here). The Academic Affairs, Registrar's, and Student Engagement offices can assist students in choosing a major. A listing of majors and minors is available here.