Bard College Student Handbook

First-Year Advising

All first-year students are assigned an academic adviser. The faculty member and the student have a series of meetings at strategic points during each semester when the faculty member can be of optimal assistance: at registration; two weeks into the semester, when course selection is final; shortly before midterm; two weeks after midterm; and just prior to registration for the next semester. The first-year advising system is intended to help students begin the process of selecting a program in which to concentrate, meeting the requirements of that program, preparing for professional study or other activities outside of or after college, and satisfying other interests. Advising may be particularly important as students’ intellectual outlooks change and expand throughout the first year at the College.