Academic advising supports students in discerning and planning for Hope and beyond
The advisor-advisee relationship embodies the close faculty-student relationship at Hope College. Advisors and advisees work collaboratively to support student
- Discernment of strengths, interests, and goals
- Academic planning through choosing a major, class registration guidance, and academic support
- Seeing the big picture by helping students identify the logic and relationships of the curriculum, aiding students in making connections between the academic program, their goals, and their spiritual and physical development, and ultimately supporting students in considering how their education at Hope relates to the rest of their lives and to the world
Most undeclared students are advised by their First Year Seminar (FYS) professors. FYS advisors support and challenge new students as students become familiar with college life and expectations. They reach these goals by asking appropriate questions and introducing students to campus resources.
Some of the advising objectives for first year students include:
- Discerning and articulating strengths and interests
- Evaluating whether major and career choices are coherent with strengths and interests
- Becoming familiar with resources (e.g. library, KnowHopePlus, degree evaluation, etc.)
- Being introduced to the liberal arts
- Understanding general education requirements
- Developing an accurate sense of the time and effort required for academic success
- Assuming responsibility for their own education and choices
- Learning how and why to associate with faculty in and out of class
Transfer students are assigned a faculty advisor by the Registrar's Office based on the student’s intended area of study.
After students declare a major, the chair of their major department assigns a professor within the department as the academic advisor. Students may declare a major any time after their first semester in college.
The major declaration form is available here.
View a list of academic programs.