Academic Advising-Academic Advisory Center (AAC) - Carnegie Mellon University

Academic Advising at Carnegie Mellon University

The University Statement on Advising explains….

Academic advising is integral to the educational mission of Carnegie Mellon. Advising is an intentional process, grounded in teaching and learning, and provides each student with guidance for developing and achieving meaningful educational, professional, and personal goals. Successful advising at Carnegie Mellon depends upon a shared understanding of, and commitment to, the advising process, by students, advisors, and the university. Academic advisors engage students in learning, promote students' academic success, and foster students' personal, ethical, and intellectual growth, all of which will carry into their roles as citizens and lifelong learners.

To achieve the goals of academic advising at Carnegie Mellon, advisors, along with their advising programs, are responsible for:

  • being knowledgeable of, and communicating, the requirements of the academic programs in which they advise
  • monitoring students' progress towards degree completion
  • being available to meet with students on a regular basis
  • assisting students in finding the appropriate institutional and community resources
  • involving students in the academic and career planning process and the exploration of options and resources
  • engaging in developmental activities to stay informed of issues that impact student success.

Specifically, in the Academic Advisory Center (AAC) we help facilitate a smooth and successful transition to life and study in the university, guide students through the intricacies of the college and to help undergraduates set the stage for a well-informed, confident and timely declaration of a primary major.

Academic advising for Dietrich College undergraduates is organized as a two-tier system:

The first tier is for undergraduates who are new to the college, and who have not yet declared their major. This includes all first-year students (with the exception of students admitted directly into the Information Systems (IS) major program, who are assigned to an advisor in the department), undeclared sophomores and undeclared transfer students. Advising for these various group of students is run out of the AAC.  The AAC is staffed by a dedicated team of professional advisors whose mission is to work closely with undergraduates new to the college.

The second tier is for undergraduates who have declared their primary major (which can be done as early as the second semester of the first year).  Academic advising for declared students shifts to the academic department that houses the primary major selected.

While tiered in this way, this advising structure does not reflect a rigid separation between levels for college undergraduates. Undeclared majors have ready access to departmental advisors for information and advice about majors, minors, courses, research opportunities, and the like, while declared majors can and often do maintain their relationship with their AAC advisors.