Help students develop a relationship with at least one faculty or staff member of the University with whom they can discuss their intellectual interests and academic goals. The advisor will partner with the student to plan a coherent curriculum and take advantage of academic opportunities to accomplish those goals. Students can also contact this advisor for clarification of the University's policies, procedures and degree requirements.
Have a discussion with incoming freshmen before Advance Registration to discuss and finalize courses in the summer.
Meet with freshmen and sophomores to discuss course selection each semester during the Advance Registration period.
Support students as they make the transition from secondary school to college.
Become familiar with the course offerings and other academic opportunities within the College and other schools at Penn and make good use of them.
Challenge students to be adventurous and take advantage of the richness of of Penn.
Guide students in major exploration so that they are ready to declare a major and know how they wish to structure the rest of their undergraduate program by the second semester of their sophomore year.
Assist students in identifying and utilizing resources and support services as needed.
Increase students' level of self-awareness and help them grow intellectually as they explore the curricular and extracurricular offerings at Penn and in Philadelphia.
Encourage students to take responsibility for their actions (or inactions) and decisions.
The Academic Planning Worksheet on Penn InTouch helps students plan their academic program and track their progress toward fulfilling College Requirements.
As transfer credits are approved, an academic advisor will help determine which approved courses fulfill College Requirements and what remains to be taken. ("Equivalent Credit" may be used in the same way as any course taken at Penn.)
Many departments award “Generic Credit” which counts toward the degree but does not automatically fulfill a requirement. Pre-major and/or major advisors will help determine how these credits apply. Transfer students must take half of their total courses, and those in the major, at Penn.
Pre-Med Workshop Representatives from the College Office, Career Services and several other resource offices discuss strategies for advising students interested in health professions. (30 min., accompanying .pdf)