First-Year Advising

All students are assigned to a first-year advisor as soon as they register for classes in the summer. Their first-year advisor will be the instructor for their Images of Nature class. The role of the advisor is to help guide your student through the transition to college. Our first-year advisors can help get your student get connected to any resources they may need academically or they can be a sounding board for any transition concerns.

In October, prior to registration for the spring semester, students will have an opportunity to either verify or change their major and to select an advisor within their major. Their major advisor will be someone that they will work with to determine which courses make sense to make progress towards their major as well as towards their overall goals and aspirations. At the end of the first semester, students will fully transition from their first-year advisor over to their major advisor. Please encourage your student to utilize these folks, as they have a great wealth of information and knowledge about how to navigate through college!

The first-year advising syllabus is provided to students in order to help them understand how they can engage in the advising process. There are some important dates that students should keep on their radar like registration week:  November 7-10.  During this week, students should see either their first-year advisor or their major advisor in order to register for classes.  Registering for classes is contingent upon this discussion between advisor and student.  Students will want to schedule this advising session the week prior to registration in order to be ready to register for their desired classes as soon as the registration period opens.

First-Year Advising Syllabus

A Note about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA):

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 helps protect the privacy of student educational records. The Act provides for the right to inspect and review educational records, the right to seek to amend those records, and the right to limit disclosure of information from the records. The intent of the legislation is to protect the rights of students and to ensure the privacy and accuracy of education records. All institutions that are recipients of federal aid are required to adhere to FERPA.

Green Mountain College does send information about student academic progress to parents and guardians only when a student has completed a FERPA release through the Registrar's Office allowing this material to be sent home. Otherwise, it is the student’s responsibility to communicate such matters to family members and others, as necessary.

Early Alert Program:

Green Mountain College cares about the whole student experience.  Our campus implements an early alert program which allows faculty and staff to submit any student concerns to appropriate parties across campus.  Faculty are encouraged to submit academic warnings to students when they notice excessive absences, late or missing assignments, poor exams or tests, or classroom concerns.  Students are notified of the details of the concern and how they can correct the issues in these alerts.  Students receive these alerts via email.  We take a relational approach to reaching out to your child.  After two or more alerts, academic support staff, academic advisors, or coaches proactively reach out to students.  

In the event that a wellness concern is submitted by our faculty or staff, our Residential Life team reaches out to the student and directs them to our Wellness Center or other appropriate resources.

We want your child to be successful at Green Mountain College!  


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