Academic advisors can help students explore their many academic options and opportunities and take full advantage of resources for academic support including the Tutoring and Writing Centers, the Weingarten Learning Resources Center, Penn's library system, Counseling and Psychological Services, Penn's many cultural centers and more.
Advisors help students to identify their skills and those they wish to develop, explore academic options, examine their performance in different courses, articulate their career goals, and decide what really matters to them. Students are encouraged to take charge of their exploration, knowing that they are supported by faculty members, academic advisors, career counselors, and peer advisors throughout their undergraduate program.
Pre-major advisors help first- and second-year students navigate their entrance into academic and intellectual life in the College beginning with the issues of incoming freshmen and continuing through the student's exploration of a potential major. After declaring a major, students are assigned an academic advisor affiliated with the major department or program. And throughout their time at Penn, students are welcome and encouraged to speak with assistant deans for advising in the College Office, 120 Cohen Hall.