New Student Advising Checklist

We’re eager to speak with you in person! And we want to make sure you get the most out of your time. You don’t need to have all the answers, but the more thoughtful you can be with your questions, the more thoughtful we can be with our answers. Have you:

  • thought carefully about your interests and priorities? 
  • explored Dickinson’s departments and programs?
  • learned how to use Banner, Dickinson’s online course request system?
  • identified specific courses you find interesting?
  • organized a course schedule using our weekly planner?
  • picked 2-3 extra courses in case your advisor helps you see new possibilities or you don’t get all your first choices?
  • taken your math, language and chemistry placement exams? If you took these last summer we still have those results and you dont need to retake.
  • transferred your AP, IB or other course credits?
  • kept a list of questions you’re itching to ask us?

Then you’re ready for your session! Remember that if you get stuck or develop urgent questions before your session, you can contact the Advising Office. When it’s time for your advising session, you’ll find it helpful to have access to the web, your notes & worksheets, and a pen. 

When we meet, we’ll ask a few questions about you and why you chose Dickinson, and then we’ll focus on your courses. By the end of your New Student Advising experience, you will be able to: describe (with confidence!) the state of your emerging intellectual interests; explain (with confidence!) whether and how they relate to other aspects of your life; find academic information on department websites and Banner; and explain the decisions you made for Fall 2022.