The University of Chicago is recognized for our unique approach to advising students. When a student matriculates, he or she is assigned a full-time academic adviser from the staff of the Dean of Students. This adviser then counsels the student for all four of their years in the College. The adviser helps with academic planning, postgraduate plans, and personal, financial, or academic problems.
When a student declares a major, he or she will be assigned a second academic adviser from the respective department. This adviser will offer more specialized guidance on topics such as meeting the major’s requirements and research opportunities and may advise the student on his or her BA paper.
Faculty, alumni, students, and staff serve as mentors to students in the College, through both formal mentor-mentee matching programs and informal relationships. Designated mentoring programs include the LGBTQ Mentoring Program, the Collegiate Mentoring Program, and Chicago Multicultural Connection. Students can also build relationships with alumni through the Office of Career Advancement, the Alumni Career Network (ACN), and networking events throughout the year.
Academic support for students is available through the free Core Tutoring Program, the Student Counseling and Resource Service (SCRS), and the student’s adviser and housing staff. The Academic Skills Assessment Program provides coaching and support for students with learning deficiencies or ADD/ADHD. Students with disabilities who want to request accommodation should contact the Coordinator for Students with Disabilities in the Campus and Student Life office. Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis and tailored to the student’s individual needs.