Academic Advising

At Occidental, faculty advisors are the primary source of advising and guidance for students as they navigate the academic program. Faculty advisors are assigned to new students when they first arrive on campus. In addition, the Advising Center is available to provide additional support for students.  

During their first two years at the College, students may remain with their initial faculty advisor or they may switch to another faculty member by submitting an Advisor Change Form to the Registrar’s Office. Once a student declares a major, they must have a faculty advisor who is affiliated with their major department or program. Students are required to declare a major by the end of the second year, but are strongly encourage to do so prior to advising week in the second semester of the sophomore year. Students are encouraged and expected to seek faculty counsel regularly.

The Advising Center is located in Johnson Student Center room 134 and is open weekdays when classes are in session, as well as limited hours during the summer. Services are also available by phone and email. The Center provides students with information about their degree progress, as well as being able to answer questions about registration, majors, minors, and College policies and procedures. It will also refer students to appropriate offices or faculty members in order to get specialized information about a specific program or objective. 

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