Transition to CU Boulder:
Meet with your Summer Advisor

In the College of Arts and Sciences, we prioritize offering each incoming first-year student the opportunity to have an individual advising appointment during the summer with a highly knowledgeable academic advisor. In order to meet individually with each incoming student, some students will meet with their first-year advisor and others will meet with a departmental advisor who has been specifically trained to work with incoming first-year students.

The First Year:
Meet with your First-Year Advisor

The first year of college is a transitional time, as students learn more about themselves and their academic interests. While the first year is filled with exciting new experiences, students may face challenges as well. Our first-year academic advisors are attuned to support students as they navigate these opportunities and challenges. Our first-year advisors are knowledgeable in all of the majors and minors on campus and can help students explore the many opportunities CU Boulder offers as they chart their academic path.

Sophomore Year Through Graduation:
Meet with your Departmental Advisor(s)

At the end of the first year, students with a declared major are transitioned to one or more departmental advisors. For example, a student who is majoring in psychology and minoring in French would have a psychology advisor and a French advisor. Departmental advisors work with students through to graduation and help them explore opportunities to enhance their academic and career paths while completing their degrees.

What students say about advising.


"He helped me feel like I had a clear idea of what I should be doing and what classes I needed in order to accomplish my goals."


"Super helpful, I had a few questions, got everything cleared up in a short meeting and walked out feeling confident."



Academic Advising's Mission 

We create space for students to develop meaningful educational goals and a strong sense of belonging. We are uniquely positioned to:

Advise students in maximizing their degree plan through curricular and co-curricular exploration.
Engage students in their journey of self-discovery and growth, balancing challenge and support.
Serve as a catalyst for academic success and enhance student wellbeing by innovating our professional practice.

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