First-Year Advising

Every first-year student is assigned a faculty or staff member who is plugged into academic life on campus. They will help you navigate the Ursinus culture.

Adviser Assignments

  • First-year students do not register for a major when they enter Ursinus College. They may declare an area of interest, but they are not assigned to a major adviser until they declare a major, usually in the spring of their first year.
  • Faculty members from all the disciplines and academic staff serve as first-year student advisers. Students meet with an adviser during June orientation and begin the process of selecting courses for the fall semester.
  • During the August orientation, advisers meet with their advisees to review fall schedules, make any needed changes, answer any last-minute questions, and set up meeting times with their advisees for the fall. 

Regular Advising Meetings

  • Regular advising meetings allow the adviser to monitor a student’s adjustment to the college and help in the identification of early warning signs of academic or personal difficulties.
  • As students settle in and as a rapport develops between adviser and advisee, meetings will normally shift to a student-initiated, as-needed basis.
  • Advisers help and encourage students to deal with personal and academic issues of adjustment. Students should contact their adviser as they encounter difficulties.
  • The adviser is a referral resource and can identify appropriate departments or people who could help first-year students in adjusting to the college experience. 

Declaring a Major

  • First-year students traditionally declare a major in the middle of their second semester at Ursinus. 
  • Meet with faculty in their intended major department to find out more about the program.
  • A major adviser is assigned after you decalre.
  • All students must declare a major no later than during the spring semester of their sophomore year. Students should be aware that in some departments it is easy to complete the requirements for graduation if they postpone the declaration of the major until the sophomore year. In other departments, the sequential nature of the program may make this more difficult. A careful reading of the First-Year Advising Guide should help students and advisers as they discuss the various options.
Recent First Year Advising Award Winners
  • Profile of Amanda Reig
    Associate Professor of Chemistry
    Department Chair
  • Profile of Dale Cameron
    Associate Professor of Biology
  • Profile of Eric Williamsen
    Associate Professor of Chemistry / Co-coordinator of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major
  • Profile of Yukino Goda
    Visiting Instructor of Modern Languages
  • Profile of Nathan Rein
    Associate Professor of Religious Studies
    Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
    Co-Director, Ursinus Institute Student Success