First-Year Advising

All new Mount Holyoke students are assigned a premajor faculty advisor who can offer guidance about selecting courses and creating an academic plan. Mount Holyoke strives to match advisors and advisees based on areas of interest and possible majors. We obtain this information from the Advisor Questionnaire, which each new student is required to complete. The questionnaire becomes available to fall entrants at the end of May and to spring entrants at the end of October. It must be submitted by June 30 (fall entrants) or December 1 (spring entrants). To complete the questionnaire:

  • Log in to my.mtholyoke
  • Select "Students" from the Self-Service Menu
  • Select "Academic Records"
  • Select "Inform Your Advisor"
  • Click on the link under "New Student's Initial Info for Advisor"

Depending on your semester of entry, your advisor's name will be available to you on my.mtholyoke in August or late January. For students joining us in the fall, the first time you will meet your advisor will be during orientation on Friday, August 27th. At this first meeting, you'll discuss the courses for which you registered over the summer and any changes you need to make to your schedule. After this meeting, you will be able to access the system once again to make necessary changes.

Remember, your first faculty advisor is your premajor advisor. Until you declare your major, you and your advisor should discuss the range of academic options available to you. Talk to your advisor about your interests and goals. Making academic decisions can be a complex process, so your advisor may suggest that you seek additional advice from specific department chairs or faculty members. If you are interested in pre-med/pre-health studies, you should consult with the Office of Pre-Health Programs early in the first semester of your first year.