Academic Advising

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All matriculated (certificate- and/or degree-seeking) students admitted to the College are assigned to an academic advisor. Matriculated students, in consultation with their academic advisors, are responsible for making sure that all degree requirements are met.

Because our mission of individualized education offers such a broad range of educational opportunities, students must work closely with their advisors. Advisors help clarify learning goals and degree requirements, approve all learning activities, approve the distribution of the learning activities (including transfer credits from other institutions) toward the completion of Burlington College degree requirements, and are available to consult with the student regarding academic progress. In the campus program, advisors may also provide referrals for personal counseling, career counseling, financial aid counseling, health needs, and cultural enrichment.

Once approved for upper-level studies, students are expected to declare a major and work with the appropriate academic advisor to plan their baccalaureate degree programs. This upper-level advisor is also available to the student for support in career exploration and to help select and design internships and independent learning activities.

The relationship between students and their advisors is intended to be positive and supportive. If students wish to change an advisor, they may address the request either informally to their current advisor, or formally by petition (form available in the Registrar’s Office). These requests are taken up by the Dean, who will make a decision regarding a request to change advisors.

Advising of non-matriculated students is handled by the Academic Coordinator. The Academic Coordinator is available to help answer questions about registration, clarify learning goals, consult with the student regarding academic progress, and help students apply for and transition into matriculated status.