First-Year Advising and Course Selection

Welcome to the academic advising pages of the First Year Seminar Website.  These pages pertain to first-semester course selection and advising.  You can use them for course selection in subsequent semesters as well, until you have selected a major and a major advisor.*

Your first one-on-one meeting with your advisor takes place during orientation, shortly after you arrive on campus.  During this meeting, you can expect to begin discussing questions such as:

  • Why are you in college?  What are your particular hopes and expectations? What are the expectations you will encounter in college?
  • What can a Liberal Arts education mean for you?
  • Are the class schedules you are considering practical enough, yet challenging enough, for you in particular?
  • Are there areas of study, classes, or activities you have NOT considered that might be worth exploring?

The more you know about practical matters when you meet with your advisor, the more time you will have for such important topics.  Before you meet with your advisor, you can prepare by:

  • learning the rules regarding course selection and registration;
  • learning what kinds of classes you can and can't take in your first semester and first year;
  • learning the degree requirements for Middlebury College;
  • learning what a balanced first-semester course load looks like;
  • creating several possible class schedules (you need several in case your first choices fill).

You will review this information and work on class schedules during orientation, when you will have pre-advising sessions with your Commons.  But we encourage you to begin preparing before you arrive on campus.

To do that, please look through the pages on this site carefully. Begin with Preparing to Meet With Your Advisor and the pages linked to it, and then have a look at Registration Procedures, just to familiarize yourself with what you will be doing at the end of orientation week, AFTER you have met with your advisor.

As your academic advisor, your First Year Seminar instructor is one of many who offer support.  We hope you will get to know Where Else to Go for Help

*For information on advising AFTER your first year, or after you have found a major advisor (whichever comes first) see the general Academic Advising Website.