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Academic Advising

The academic advising system is designed to help students achieve a successful educational experience.  It presumes that students will take responsibility for their own educational outcomes based on sound guidance and support.  Students are assigned academic advisors specifically for their program or major and are encouraged to meet with him or her regularly to develop a relationship and level of understanding so that they can take advantage of their advisor’s experience and knowledge in the pursuit of their academic and career goals.

Due to the complexity and lab-intensive nature of most programs at Vermont Tech, the class schedule is optimized to allow matriculated, on-track, degree students to successfully complete their required course work in a regular term-by-term sequence.  Students that enter off-track, drop or fail required courses or do not take the regular program course load may take additional terms to complete their programs.  For undeclared students, it is important that their advisor understands their educational goals, whether that be to transfer to another college or to enter a specific degree program at a later time.  Undeclared students do not have priority over matriculated degree students for seating in “required courses”.

If a student feels that he or she needs to get a different advisor, contact should be made with the department chair or director, or go to the Office of the Registrar and complete a change of advisor form.  There is no stigma attached to changing advisors.  Either the Registrar or the department chair/director can coordinate the change to ensure that a new advisor can be assigned.  After changing advisors, it is important to meet with the new advisor to establish a relationship and communicate goals and expectations.