To support students and their advisors in the pursuit of a rigorous, liberal-arts education.

The Office of Academic Advising strives to engage students in a community of inquiry, assist them in making thoughtful choices about their academic program, and help them prepare for a future beyond the limestone walls.

To our students:

Dickinson's approach to the liberal arts empowers you to make active decisions at every stage of your education. The Office of Academic Advising is here to help you design a successful four-year experience.

At Dickinson, you work directly with a member of our faculty who serves as your academic advisor. Your relationship with your advisor is vital, and the individual guidance that advisors provide is a unique virtue of a Dickinson education. The staff of the advising office provides an additional layer of support for students and their advisors.  You are responsible for achieving rigorous academic standards, and the campus community is responsible for providing careful support to foster your success.

Over the course of our four-year curriculum, certain core values remain constant, such as our resolve to combine breadth and depth, our commitment to provide a useful education, and our determination to foster a global perspective. At the same time, we recognize that your needs will change as you progress towards graduation.  By the time you graduate, you will have developed an increasing sense of competence and independence about your educational decisions. 

What is an academic advisor?

How is an academic advisor different from a guidance counselor?

Advising expectations and responsibilities

Priorities for effective advising

Contact Info

Department Head:
Damon Yarnell
Dean of Academic Advising


Academic Advising, Biddle House
Mailing Address