All students are assigned a Dean at the outset of their first year. Deans provide pre-major advising and serve as a referral hub for many campus resources. Students have the same Dean throughout their career at Bryn Mawr, affording a relationship that develops over time.
Pilot Pre-Major Advising Program
A small group of incoming students is randomly selected to participate in the Pilot Pre-Major Advising Program. In addition to having a Dean assigned, students work with a Pre-Major Faculty Advisor to select courses and discuss general academic interests.
The academic dimensions of the first-year experience are shaped by pre-major advising with a Dean or a Faculty Advisor and are marked by exploration of a variety of fields. Students are encouraged to meet with professors of favorite courses to learn more about the fields of study more generally and receive Department-specific guidance.
Academic advising during the Sophomore year is oriented around the Sophomore Plan. The Sophomore Plan intentionally bridges curricular and co-curricular reflection as students are guided to make plans for their time at Bryn Mawr by making connections between their interests in and outside of the classroom. The Sophomore Plan structures a variety of advising opportunities, including meetings with prospective major advisors, deans, and staff with expertise in co-curricular and career counseling.