All first-year students are assigned a faculty adviser, who meets with them regularly to help them select their courses. B.S.E. candidates are matched with a professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science; A.B. candidates are advised by faculty from the many departments and programs, ranging from African American Studies to the Woodrow Wilson School.
Faculty advisers work with 12 – 14 students and are active members of the college communities, joining students for meals as well as more formal advising meetings each semester. They are well trained in the University’s core requirements, know the prerequisites for majors and can help you think broadly about how to make the most of your liberal arts education. Since no faculty member can know everything about Princeton, the advisers often refer students to departmental representatives, deans and specialized advisers.
Keep your adviser aware of your interests and ambitions, and make an effort to develop a relationship with your adviser. Throughout your freshman year, your faculty adviser is the primary contact for routine questions about filling prerequisites or dropping and adding courses, and they will be a good place to turn when you need general academic advice. Your adviser will help you plan not only a semester’s courses, but also a strategy for meeting your short-term and long-term academic goals.
A.B. sophomores may choose to stay with their freshman-year adviser or request to switch; B.S.E. sophomores are advised in their departments. As students select a field of concentration, they also develop advising relationships with the relevant departmental representative and faculty adivsers in the areas of their independent work.