Four-Year Academic Advising
As a student in Arts & Sciences, you work with the same academic advisor from your first days through graduation. During the first year, you meet with your advisor several times to learn about College resources, requirements, and academic culture at WashU. In addition, you meet with your Four-Year Advisor at least twice a year throughout your college career, as your advisor's role includes helping you with the semester-by-semester details of course selection. The relationship extends beyond that, however, as advisors work with you to define your academic and post-graduate goals and structure an academic program to meet them.
Four-Year Advisors come from many roles within the University community but share a common interest in and dedication to the individual academic journeys of each of their advisees. All advisors receive training and participate in routine workshops to stay up to date on policies, campus resources, and opportunities.
You can find your advisor's contact information in the Staff Directory.
When you declare a major (typically in the sophomore year), you are assigned a major advisor, who is a mentor in your major department. Once you declare a major, you meet with your Major Advisor and Four-Year Advisor every semester before registration for the following semester’s classes.
If you declare a second major or minor, you also receive an advisor for that program, but you are not required to receive their authorization to register.
PostGraduate Advising: Career, PreGraduate, PreHealth, & PreLaw School Advising
With an Arts & Sciences degree, you do more than make a living; you make a difference. The liberal arts prepare you to contribute to a vibrant and just society and to thrive in the professional worlds of business, education, law, medicine, government, and non-profit industries. Work closely with specialized post-graduate advisors to discover and create your professional path.