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Academic Advising

Academic advising at RISD is conducted by members of the full-time faculty, with support from Academic Affairs and the Office of the Registrar. Over the course of their degree program, undergraduate students will be assigned three faculty advisors: a First-Year advisor from the Experimental and Foundation Studies division, a faculty advisor from the department of a student’s chosen major, and in the sophomore year a faculty advisor from the Liberal Arts division. These advisors work cooperatively to facilitate each student’s academic experience at RISD. Ensuring that a student is on track for graduation is the advisor’s basic responsibility, but the relationship is likely to be more expansive. Broader, developmental advising might include advice about internships, study abroad, and career opportunities. Academic Affairs provides support to faculty advisors through informational resources and training.

Advising at the graduate level is conducted typically by the Graduate Program Director (GPD), although some programs may assign students to full-time faculty advisors other than, or in addition to the GPD (for example in Landscape Architecture). Students choose their Thesis Committee Chair who provides guidance on the master’s thesis specifically.