All incoming students at Luther are initially assigned an academic advisor that the college believes will serve the student in the transition from high school to college. At Luther, advising is developmental. It recognizes that student needs change over time, with three particularly important stages—the transition to college, the movement toward concentration in a major, and the journey beyond Luther toward lifetime work and service. Because Luther believes that these conversations between a student and an advisor are vital, it requires that students meet with advisors before registering for each new semester.
Because the advisor at Luther is an important resource to help students make the most of their four years, it is recommended that once students declare a major, they switch to an advisor in that department. First-year students should keep their initial advisor throughout the first semester and January term. After their first semester, all first-year students are given a form whereby they can request an advisor in their major, or request to stay with their initial advisor.
Remember: Your academic advisor is a mentor, to help guide you through the journey of all-college requirements, major courses, and productive electives that will help you refine your talents and understand your own goals. Communicate often and honestly with your advisor about your work at Luther, and never hesitate to ask questions!