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Choosing Courses for your First Semester: Academic Advising

Students begin their Dickinson educations with different priorities and plans.  Some students arrive with very clear ideas about what they want to study and are already looking ahead to “declaring a major” in a particular field.  This is just fine.  Other students arrive knowing that they want to take some time to explore their academic interests as widely as possible.  This is just fine, too.  Still others find themselves somewhere in between, curious about a handful of possibilities.  You guessed it:  also just fine!  

No matter what group you fall into, you’ll find clear guidance here. After spending some time preparing on your own, you’ll consult directly with a faculty member about your specific questions, options, and decisions during your “summer advising call.” Making thoughtful decisions about your courses and programs is an important first step in making the best fit for yourself here on campus.

Key Dates and Milestones

Before July 13  Develop a possible course schedule and questions for your summer advisor
July 13-July 17  Speak with a faculty member during your "Summer Advising Call" to get guidance and to receive the "Alternate PIN" come you will need to submit your course requests
 July 20-July 27  Submit your course requests using the online Banner system

Begin with the End In Mind: Goals & Action Steps for Summer Advising

Additional Information

Additional information will be added to the orientation site before June 1. Please check back at that time for more detailed information on advising and course request.  

If you have questions about any of this information, someone is available to help by contacting:

Advising Office
Phone: 717-245-1080

Registrar's Office
Phone: 717-245-1315

Summer Advising Office
Phone: 717-245-1997