Advisor/Advisee Expectations

The Collaborative Advisor-Advisee Relationship

You (the advisee) are expected to:

  • use the resources provided online, via email, and via the Advising Center on Moodle to understand the College’s academic requirements, choose courses that meet these requirements in a timely manner, and monitor your progress towards completing your degree.
  • read official BMC emails. Deans, professors, and others in the Bryn Mawr community rely primarily on email to communicate with you. It is your responsibility to check your BMC email daily.
  • consult with deans or other campus resources to address questions or concerns.
  • schedule and attend advising appointments at designated times and whenever you would like additional advising support.
  • inform your dean about any circumstances that could significantly impact your academic performance such as illness, work schedules, family emergencies, or other personal situations.
  • come to advising appointments prepared and ready to discuss (and take notes on) the topics at hand. When you make an appointment with your dean, please arrive on time. Please call/email the Dean’s Office if you need to reschedule or cancel.
  • actively explore possible majors: While you do notneed to officially declare your major before your sophomore year, you will want to take courses in a variety of fields to find the one(s) that truly ignite your passion for learning.

Your dean is prepared to:

  • help you learn about and understand college requirements and procedures.
  • help you learn about yourself.
  • help you plan your educational program, including course selection and major/minor declarations.
  • partner with the Registrar’s Office to help you monitor your progress.
  • help you explore pathways for completing your degree.
  • provide a supportive and respectful space for you to share your thoughts, aspirations, concerns, and interests.
  • encourage and support you through your time at Bryn Mawr and help you brainstorm solutions to problems.
  • help you navigate coursework, especially if you are contending with medical or personal matters .
  • advise you through decisions about studying away or taking a leave of absence.
  • connect you to campus resources as needed.