Advising is central to Luther's mission as a church-related liberal arts college. It complements and integrates the many other ways in which students are mentored through relationships with teachers, other faculty, staff, and fellow students. At Luther College advising is developmental: it recognizes that student needs change over time, with three particularly important stagesthe transition to college, the movement toward concentration on a major, and the journey beyond Luther toward lifetime work and service.
Incoming students are assigned an advisor that the college believes will serve the student in the transition from high school to college. Good advising depends on the relationship formed between the advisor and the student. While at Luther, students may change advisors at any time, selecting an advisor with whom they can establish an effective advisor/advisee relationship. In general, it is recommended that students select an advisor in their major department by their junior year.
Advisors are active listeners who provide information and confidential guidance. They help students in developing a program of study and evaluating academic progress, and direct them to appropriate campus support services. Advisors also explore with students their long-term professional plans and sense of vocation, and support students in their search to integrate their intellectual and personal lives.
Students should prepare themselves to take advantage of the advising relationship by understanding the college's policies, procedures, and requirements pertaining to academic progress. Ultimately individual students are responsible for not only ensuring the satisfaction of all requirements but for exploring opportunities and engaging in the kind of self-reflection that allows them to make the most of their college experience.