As students declare their majors, their primary advising contact shifts from their residential college to their academic department. Departmental advisers and departmental representatives ("dept reps") have the specific knowledge needed to guide students through their junior and senior years. That does not mean the end of relationships with the residential college advising staff, however. The college deans and directors of studies retain the following responsibilities:
- Advising on electives or the fulfillment of distribution area requirements
- Approval of Dean’s Date extensions or incompletes—including those for independent work
- Changing concentrations
- Pre-approval of transfer credit for non-Princeton courses
- Allowing a senior to drop beneath a three-course load for one term of their senior year
- Approving peer tutoring (normally for introductory-level courses only)
In addition, upperclassmen are always welcome to seek guidance from their college dean if they are not certain where else to turn.
Other campus resources continue to be available to students as they tackle junior papers and senior theses. The Writing Center stands ready to assist with all of the writing challenges associated with independent work. In particular see their handbook on writing a JP. The McGraw Center can advise on managing a heavy workload as well as providing subject matter tutoring and one-on-one consultations on learning strategies. The Thesis: Quintessentially Princeton is a good resource for thinking about the thesis process. And once you're ready to think about life after Princeton, be sure to engage with Career Services to leverage their extensive insight on the career development process.