Carnegie Mellon University

Dietrich College Academic Advising

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 college’s Academic Advisory Center, which is staffed by a dedicated team of professional advisors whose mission is to work closely with undergraduates new to the college. Their role is to help facilitate a smooth and successful transition to life and study in the university, to guide students through the intricacies and opportunities of the college’s General Education Program, and to help undergraduates set the stage for a well-informed, confident and timely declaration of primary major.
  • Once Dietrich College undergraduates select their primary major (which can be done as early as the second semester of the first year, but no later than the second semester of sophomore year), academic advising shifts to the second tier of the college’s undergraduate advising structure, which is situated in the academic department that houses the primary major selected. Click here for a master list of department advisors and support staff.

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.

A Network of Resources, Opportunities, and Support Services

Academic advisors partner with a network of several other resources on campus that support students on their undergraduate journey.  These resources and opportunities enhance their undergraduate experience and can include calling a student’s attention to research, internship, scholarship, fellowship, professional and social opportunities that map well into individual student’s talents and interests. Our relatively small size allows us to know our undergraduates well, which helps assure that our students optimize the benefits to be had from this tremendous network.