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2017-2018 Academic Catalog: Academic Advising

Academic advising is an integral part of the Wentworth student experience with a primary objective of encouraging students to take full advantage of the learning environment and available resources. Wentworth's academic advisors assist students in becoming aware of their interests, talents, values, and priorities. They facilitate the connection between a student's academic experience and future life plans. In essence, the goal of Wentworth's advising system is to equip students with the tools and resources necessary to negotiate higher education. 

All students are assigned an advisor from their respective academic disciplines. Advisors counsel students on curricular matters, monitor student academic progress, review academic policies and procedures when necessary, review student course selections prior to registration, and answer questions regarding student career and educational objectives. First-year students are required to meet with their academic advisor to discuss curricular decisions and to obtain a Registration Access Code (RAC) from their advisor. They will be introduced to their advisor during Wentworth Opening Week (WOW) or within the first few days of classes. 

Students are encouraged to discuss academic problems and seek help from their instructors and advisors as early as possible. In addition, the Center for Academic Excellence provides many resources to help students reach their full learning potential and exceed academically. 

Advisor Help 

Course Registration

  • In your first year, your academic advisor will provide you with a Registration Access Code (RAC) needed to register for spring or summer courses.  This ensures that you check in with your advisor to review your proposed class schedule.   
  • After the first year, most students will use the major tracking sheet to identify which courses to take each semester.  Be sure to review this sheet in advance of course registration and ask your advisor if you have any questions. 
  • If you are off track, have advanced placement credit, transfer credit, have withdrawn from or failed a class, or otherwise did not follow the tracking sheet, plan to meet with your advisor every semester for course registration advice.  Try to meet with your advisor in the middle of the semester to give you both time to plan adequately for course registration.  
  • General guidelines for course registration, including questions about time conflicts and schedule guidelines can be found on the Student Services Website.  

Course Withdrawals and/or Failures

  • If you are considering withdrawing from a class after the add/drop period is over, contact your advisor to discuss the impact. Withdrawal from a class may affect your financial status, ability to live on campus, and ability to fully participate in campus clubs and/or athletic participation, especially if you plan to drop below 12 credits.  International students are strongly encouraged to speak with a staff member in the International Services Office as this may affect their immigration status. 
  • To withdraw from a class, ask your academic advisor to sign withdrawal form.  

Majors and Minors

  • There are no undeclared major students at Wentworth. At the beginning of your first semester, you begin your major-specific courses.
  • If you wish to change your major, discuss this with your advisor. To change majors, you must meet with the department chair of the major you are considering. Students who change majors will be assigned a new advisor in the new major. 
  • A number of minors are available at Wentworth. Minors are declared in consultation with your advisor after the first semester. Discuss a potential minor with your advisor to develop a plan for required classes. After discussing the minor options with your advisor, follow the minor declaration process. If you no longer wish to pursue a minor, you must undeclare the minor.  Your academic advisor can assist you with this process. 

Academic Difficulties and Probation

  • If you are experiencing academic difficulty in a class, receive an academic warning and/or academic probation, speak with your academic advisor and faculty as soon as possible. 
  • Early and active outreach to academic advisors and faculty can help you get back on track. 
  • The Center for Academic Excellence has a wide variety of methods to support your success: 
    • One-on-one tutoring
    • Learning labs 
    • Course-specific review sessions 
    • Faculty led facilitated study groups (FSGs) and group tutoring options 
    • Individual academic coaching and mentoring  
    • Workshops

You are encouraged to come in early and often to the Center for Academic Excellence to strengthen your learning strategies, talk about a confusing concept, and review content. 

  • The Center for Wellness and Disability Services provides free mental health counseling as well as information about accommodations.  

Co-op

  • Faculty typically have professional connections, work, and scholarly research experience. In addition, they have years of experience advising students seeking co-ops and debriefing with students who have just returned from co-ops.  They are great resources for students to discuss potential and possible co-ops options. 
  • Your advisor can help you think about new areas of your field based on your interests, talents and experiences in academic and other pursuits.   
  • In addition to your advisor, the Co-ops and Careers Office maintains advisors for each major who can assist you with planning for your co-op. 

College of Professional and Continuing Education

Wentworth’s academic advisors are also available to assist adult students in reaching their educational goals. Once accepted into the College of Professional and Continuing Education, you will be assigned your own, dedicated academic advisor. Students are encouraged to reach out to their advisor regularly. Your academic advisor at Wentworth will help you stay on track with your schedule and make sure any concerns you have along the way are addressed. 

A list of our advisors for specific programs can be found on the Advising Staff Page.