Advising Guide for First Year Seminar Students and Faculty

First Year Students:

Welcome to Middlebury. We hope you find your four years here stimulating and rewarding.

You registered for your First-Year Seminar in January. We have found this program most effective for advising new students. Students and advisers get to know one another well in small seminars, where they work together closely on scholarly topics, so that our advisers are well positioned as academic mentors, and the students in their seminars have every opportunity to seek their advice and support. 

As your adviser, your First Year Seminar Instructor is one of many who provide the support you need to succeed. Our Residential Life Staff, including First-Year Counselors (sophomores, juniors, and seniors who live in first-year halls in our dorms) reinforce the academic mission of the College by maintaining a vibrant residential community. Our Commons Deans are there to provide help, especially in case of personal or academic difficulties.  And our Faculty Commons Heads help create a lively intellectual environment for you.

Included on these pages is a brief introduction to advising and course selection, including Frequently Asked Questions, that may be helpful to you as you begin. Take a careful look at it.  You can also look at the full "academic advising" website, a link to which you'll find on the menu to the left.

We hope you will get to know where to go for help.  The people found on these sites are also happy to answer your questions in the crucial beginning weeks, and thereafter.

We look forward to meeting and working with you in this exciting enterprise.