In addition to discussing courses, the faculty adviser also can refer students to other University resources (both academic and nonacademic) as needed. Students also should get to know their professors, as the classroom is an ideal setting to develop relationships between students and faculty, and these less formal faculty relationships often become important advising relationships as a student develops her or his academic interests.
When students are ready to learn more about particular majors, they can talk with the director of the undergraduate program in that department or program. Students are encouraged to seek out these faculty whenever they have questions about a specific major, even if they are not yet ready to declare that major. Once a student has declared a major, then she or he will be assigned to an adviser in that major.
Also available to help College students is the College Council, which is the governing body for students in the College. For more than 100 years, this organization has represented the interests, ambitions, and academic needs of students in the College, and has worked to build a constructive community of learning. Its fundamental mission is to foster a sense of unity within the College. The council also provides peer academic advising to all students in the College. Representatives from each of the 37 academic departments and interdisciplinary degree programs are trained as peer academic advisers. These representatives aid students in choosing classes and majors and are especially useful to first- and second-year students.