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This page is designed to help you anticipate the various advising moments that arise through the academic year. We’ve included suggestions for how to stay on top of your advising responsibilities, with links to important resources and other areas of this site.

Important Dates

August Welcome Week

  • Attend your department's Academic Connection Session
  • Plan to meet and greet advisees during Advisor Office Hours on Friday
    • If students have questions about their transcript or academic plan at this time, remember: you don’t have to build a whole academic plan right away. Feel free to refer students to meet with you in the first few weeks of the semester.

Fall Advising Season

  • Early October: Decide how you will organize your advisee information (e.g., electronic notes in a Google Folder, orange folders, etc)
  • Mid-October: Look for an email from the Advising Center to mark the beginning of the Advising and Registration season. Around the same time, students will receive an email letting them know advising and registration information for the upcoming terms is available online. Students will be encouraged to use the Advising Checklist to prepare for their advising appointment.
  • Contact your advisees
  • Prepare for appointments
  • During appointments
  • Your department may plan activities for Advising Day (usually late October)
  • Follow up with advisees who have not yet had appointments
  • Registration usually takes place in early or mid-November

Midyear Welcome Week

  • Midyear Welcome Week (late January/early February) is much smaller than August Welcome Week. While there is no formal time for department connections or advisor office hours, students may stop by your office to introduce themselves.
  • Sort your Advisee List by entry term to see if you have any new advisees.
  • Check your class lists at the beginning of the semester to see if you have any students in your classes who are new to Bethel. 

Graduation Applications

  • March and April: Graduation application appointments may take longer than usual advising appointments. You might encourage students who need to work on the grad app to sign up for two back-to-back appointment slots.
  • Review instructions and resources

Spring Advising Season

  • Early-mid March: Decide how you will organize your advisee information (e.g., electronic notes in a Google Folder, orange folders, etc)
  • Late March: Look for an email from the Advising Center to mark the beginning of the Advising and Registration season. Around the same time, students will receive an email letting them know advising and registration information for the upcoming terms is available online. Students will be encouraged to use the Advising Checklist to prepare for their advising appointment.
  • Contact your advisees
  • Prepare for appointments
  • During appointments
  • Your department may plan activities for Advising Day (if there is a spring Advising Day, it is usually early April)
  • Follow up with advisees who have not yet had appointments
  • Registration usually takes place in mid-April