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Academic advising supports students in discerning and planning for Hope and beyond.

The advisor-advisee relationship embodies the close faculty-student relationship at Hope. Advisors will work collaboratively with you to help you discern your strengths, interests and goals. They also help with academic planning through choosing a major, class registration guidance and academic support.

We help you identify the logic and relationships of the curriculum, aiding you in making connections between your program, goals, and spiritual and physical development. Ultimately, we support you in considering how your education at Hope relates to the rest of your life and to the world.

We offer lots of resources and make every effort to assist you in understanding the requirements of your academic program. However, the final responsibility for meeting all academic and graduation requirements rests with you, the student.

First-year advising

Your first advisor at Hope is your First Year Seminar (FYS) professor. Your FYS professor will support and challenge you to become familiar with college life and expectations.

Some of the advising objectives for your first year include:

  • Discerning and articulating your strengths and interests
  • Evaluating whether your major and career choices are coherent with your strengths and interests
  • Becoming familiar with Hope resources (e.g. library, plus.hope.edu, degree audits, etc.)
  • Being introduced to the liberal arts
  • Understanding general education requirements
  • Developing an accurate sense of the time and effort required for academic success
  • Assuming responsibility for your own education and choices
  • Learning how and why to associate with faculty in and out of class
Major advising

If you came to Hope as a first-year student, you may declare a major any time after your first semester.

When you declare, the chairperson of your major department assigns a professor within the department as your academic advisor.

Transfer advising

Transfer students work directly with staff in the Registrar's Office to register for their first semester at Hope, and are assigned a faculty advisor based on the student’s intended area of study.

Find out more about transferring credits to Hope.

Health professions advising

In addition to your major advisor, if you are planning to continue to graduate school for a health profession, we have exceptional health professions advisors eager to support you.

If you are considering chiropractic medicine, dentistry, medicine, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, podiatry, or public health, contact Marikay Dobbins. More information is available on the health professions advising pages.

If you are considering pre-veterinary studies, contact Dr. Greg Fraley.

If you are interested in nursing, contact the Nursing Department.