Advising Services for Faculty Advisors

Academic Advising
Making the most effective use of the learning opportunities a college experience offers is a basic challenge each student faces. Hartwick provides special help in this process with its system of academic advising. Students are assigned a faculty member as their regular academic advisor. For first-year students, every effort is made to have this advisor be a professor the student has in a Fall Term course, so that advisor and advisee come to know each other. If students declare a major, every effort will be made to have an advisor in that department.

Students must meet with their advisors prior to each course registration period, but students are encouraged to visit their advisors regularly as the year proceeds. Helping the student plan a challenging, satisfying, and coherent program is one of the best ways an advisor can be of assistance, but the advisor also can discuss career options and resources available for dealing with specific problems a student may be facing. Students may change advisors as their needs or interests change and, when a major field is selected, the advisor should be from the major department. To change advisors, students complete the necessary form in the Office of Academic and Pre-Professional Advising.

The Academic Advising Handbook
The Hartwick College Advising Handbook is designed to assist advisors in their work with academic advising. The handbook presents information on the role of advising at the College, the academic policies and procedures of the College, and provides information and suggestions to help you with your advising responsibilities. You may access a copy of the handbook by contacting Joe Ficano (

The quality of advising is the joint responsibility of faculty, students and administrators. Good advising contributes to student persistence and academic excellence. Advising is another context and opportunity for teaching. As such, advisors can help students understand the relevance of their college requirements and majors to future personal educational and professional choices. More significantly, faculty can help students understand the importance and value of a liberal arts education and what it means to be a liberally educated person in the 21st century.

We hope that you will find the handbook a useful tool and valuable resource. Comments and suggestions to improve its usefulness are welcomed and should be sent to the Office of Academic and Pre-Professional Advising, Golisano Hall, 1st Floor.

Teaching and Advising
Hartwick College offers students the opportunity to learn in small classes through open discourse with faculty and fellow students. Learning in this setting creates an active and engaging relationship between the faculty member and the student which is based on trust, support and encouragement. Advising, at its best, is also a teaching and personal relationship developed via conversations between the advisor and the student. The goal of good academic advising is to advance the academic goals and objectives developed by the student in these conversations. The advisors help students answer questions and reach sound decisions about their academic goals and program, provide accurate information, and help students take full advantage of the College resources to achieve their goals. The care and personal attention given to students in and out of the classroom is the foundation for successful learning in teaching and advising.