Academic Advising Office
Your academic advisor at Baldwin Wallace will assist you in strategizing, planning and making decisions related to your academic, career and personal goals. You will learn how to utilize resources and tools to make effective, self-directed decisions.
An academic advisor is a faculty member who will assist you in:
- Understanding the opportunities and challenges of college, particularly the value of a liberal arts experience.
- Gaining accurate information regarding policies, procedures, requirements, curriculum, registration, graduation and deadlines.
- Creating your graduation plan — selecting courses and opportunities that fulfill program requirements and educational, personal and career goals.
- Obtaining internships, admission to graduate school and employment.
- Learning about campus resources, such as Career Services, tutoring and Counseling Services.
You can begin to develop a relationship with your faculty advisor before you even start your first class. At orientation you will begin working with a faculty advisor, and you will be assigned a faculty advisor in the department or school of your major at the start of your first semester at BW. Don't worry if you have not yet decided on a major. You will be assigned a faculty member who specifically works with students who have not yet declared a major.
If you have not declared a major yet, your faculty advisor will encourage you to explore, while making sure you are fulfilling core requirements. If you are interested in a major with many requirements — natural sciences, math, pre-physical therapy, education or pre-engineering — your advisor will suggest beginning those required courses in the first semester in order to explore the discipline and stay on track for graduation.
Your faculty advisor also can help you if you are having trouble in a class by referring you to the Learning Center, where you can get tutoring in almost all subjects and you can take study skills classes. The advisor also can recommend the Writing Lab for help with papers.
Are you an adult student returning to college? Explore advising resources available through the Adult and Continuing Education Office.