MIT: Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyClass of 2017

Advising: Roles and Responsibilities

Every freshman at MIT is assigned to an advising group made up of a freshman advisor, an associate advisor and 4-6 freshman advisees. The role that each plays in the advising group is an important one.

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What You Can Expect from Your Freshman Advisor

This Faculty or staff member will focus on academics but be concerned about all aspects of your development through your first year at MIT. Your advisor will:

  • Serve as your advocate.
  • Be knowledgeable about academics and provide you with academic advice.
  • Help you select your classes and meet with you regularly to discuss your academic progress.
  • Help you become familiar with academic and campus resources, making referrals when difficulties arise.
  • Become part of the network of mentors you assemble for support throughout your MIT career.
  • Help you define and achieve your educational goals.
  • Organize social events for your advising group a few times a year.

What Your Advisor Will Expect from You

You, as much as your advisor, are responsible for maintaining the advising relationship. You are expected to:

  • Give your advisor relevant information about your background and interests before your first meeting during Orientation.
  • As an advisee in a Freshman Advising Seminar: Attend and participate in all seminar meetings; schedule and keep individual appointments with your advisor.
  • As an advisee with a Traditional Advisor: Set an agreed-upon schedule of appointments at the beginning of each term and keep your appointments.
  • Maintain regular contact with your advisor through emails or meetings.
  • Respond promptly to emails and voicemails from your advisor.
  • Be in touch with your advisor as soon as any problems arise. Advisors are available and eager to help or refer you to appropriate resources.

What Your Associate Advisor Can Do for You

Your associate advisor, a trained upper-level student, will work with your advisor to give you support through your first year at MIT. Associate advisors live in every dorm on campus and can serve as an in-house resource for you. Your associate advisor will:

  • Provide you with the student perspective.
  • Be knowledgeable about academics and available to provide you with first-hand academic advice and information.
  • Help you select your classes and might be part of meetings with your advisor.
  • Be familiar with academic and campus resources.
  • Be able to advise you about balancing your academic and extracurricular commitments.