Wheelock's Unique Advising Model

Wheelock's 2+2 advising model is uniquely designed to help students get the most from their undergraduate experience.

First Year and sophomores work with a professional academic advisor on:
  • Successfully transitioning to college life
  • Designing an academic program plan
  • Developing and monitoring their academic success plan
  • Connecting to the multitude of opportunities available at Wheelock, COF, and in local communities

Students must declare their major by the second semester of Sophomore Year.  At the end of the sophomore year, students will be assigned to faculty members in their academic programs.

Juniors and seniors have a Faculty Advisor in their programs of study who:

  • Has a caseload of 10-20 students
  • Uses a developmental philosophy to mentor students
  • Reviews academic plans of advisees and make adjustments as necessary
  • Continues to develop and monitor academic success plan
  •  Creates opportunities for students as they grow professionally

When Should You Meet with Your Advisor?

  • For all mandatory meetings (pre-advising, course selection advising, success plans).
  • When you have questions about your course choices, academic options, and/or career goals.
  • If you are interested in study abroad.
  • If you have questions about academic policies.
  • When you are concerned about your progress in one or more courses.
  • If you receive a COMPASS referral from an instructor.
  • If you receive one of more unsatisfactory mid-semester evaluations.
  • If you feel overwhelmed or stressed with any aspect of college life.
  • When you have a question and don't know who to ask.
  • When your advisor asks you to!

What Is Proper Appointment Etiquette for Meetings with Your Advisor?

  • Arrive promptly for your appointment.
  • Come prepared with a list of topics/questions you want to address.
  • During course selection advising bring your tentative list of class choices.
  • Bring paper and a pen to take notes.
  • Knock on the door, even if it is open, to ask if your advisor is ready for you. 
  • If there is someone else in the office, wait in the reception area for your advisor to come out and get you.
  • Turn off your cell phone before you walk into your advisor's office.

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