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About Academic Advising

Advisors are academic mentors who notice what is happening to their advisees, pay attention to their academic progress, and help them work towards completing their degrees and identifying and fulfilling their  goals. 

Academic advising helps students to develop plans compatible with their interests, abilities, and goals; design a course of on- and off-campus study; meet degree requirements; grow intellectually and personally; and make the most of their undergraduate education.  

Students are encouraged to meet with their advisors during the quarter to discuss their goals, academic progress, K-Plan Commonplace, and any other issues that may arise.  All students must meet with their advisors before they are allowed to register for classes for the upcoming quarter. 

In winter of their sophomore year students are required to declare a major and may move to an advisor in the major department. 

New students are assigned to an advisor linked to their First-Year Seminar, whom they will meet during orientation.

Departmental Student Advisors (DSAs) provide a student perspective on majors, minors, and concentrations.

Who are the academic advisors at Kalamazoo College?

All full-time faculty members (except those in their first year) and some senior administrators serve as academic advisors.