Choosing an Adviser
The relationships between first-year advisers and advisees transition at this point as students seek advisers from the faculty in their declared majors.
For some students, selecting a major adviser is more difficult than selecting the major itself and those students are encouraged to work with the department or program chair to identify the faculty member best suited to their interests and needs.
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 adviser 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 major at any time after the first semester; they are required to declare their major no later than the end of their third semester. After the first semester of a student's experience at Middlebury, when the first-year seminar ends, the relationship between adviser and advisee subsides in frequency of contact. The challenge, then, to adviser and advisee, is to maintain the momentum of the first semester. Those students who are "undeclared" but whose first-year adviser is on leave or otherwise unavailable to advise are assigned to their Commons Dean, who provides transitional advising.