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What Happens After the First Semester

After the first semester, when the first-year seminar ends, the relationship between advisor and advisee may subside in frequency of contact, but it is important that you maintain some contact, for guidance on continued course selection for subsequent semesters and for help and advice in case you encounter problems. It is your responsibility to do this, and in any case, in order to register for classes you will need your FYS advisor to give you your alternate PIN.  

Your FYS instructor may continue as your advisor through the first semester of your sophomore year, when you must declare amajore. Students who are "undeclared" after their first year, but whose first-year advisors are on leave or otherwise unavailable to advise are assigned to the Faculty Heads of their Commons, who provide transitional advising.

Declaring a Major

When students declare their major, they also select an advisor from the faculty in that major (or majors - nearly half of all Middlebury students have combined majors of some kind). For some students in their second or third semesters at Middlebury, selecting a major advisor is more difficult than selecting the major itself; those students are encouraged to work with the department or program chair, until they have further experience in that major and find a faculty member best suited to their interests and needs. Students may select their majors at any time after the first semester; they are required to declare their majors no later than the end of their third semester.