Advising at Columbia College and Columbia Engineering is multifaceted. Even before students arrive on campus for their first semester of study, they have the opportunity to meet with an adviser and plan their fall program. Once students arrive on campus they are paired with an academic adviser, known as an Advising Dean, through the James H. and Christine Turk Berick Center for Student Advising (CSA). An Advising Dean can help with everything from selecting classes, honing study habits, applying for research and internship opportunities and developing long-term educational goals.
At Columbia, one is always adding to her or his network of advisers. Once students declare their majors, they receive an additional adviser from the corresponding academic department who will work with a student’s CSA advising dean to help plan the academic schedule. In addition to these mentors, students also have the opportunity to seek advice from staff in the Center for Career Education, the Office of Preprofessional Advising and their fellow students who are members of the Peer Advising program.
Of course, advisers at Columbia are not only people who formally hold that title; throughout students’ years here, they will seek and receive mentorship and support from their professors, administrators, staff and classmates.