Advising: Who Can Help

Association Deans

Every student in the College has an Association Dean. Click here for the name of your Dean; you can schedule an appointment by calling 434-924-8864.

Faculty Advisors

Faculty advisors are assigned to each College undergraduate student; they assist students with:

  • Choosing a major
  • Selecting courses
  • Making long range plans
  • Finding appropriate persons with similar academic interests

New students typically meet their faculty advisor during fall orientation. The College of Arts & Sciences makes every effort to initially match students with an advisor who is in their area of interest (e.g., social sciences, humanities, fine arts, sciences). Students can find the name of their advisor in their Student Center in the SIS (Student Information System).

College Advising Seminars (COLA 1500 classes)

Students can match themselves with a member of the faculty who is teaching something they want to know more about. Students enrolled in these classes will be assigned to the instructor as an advisor. Click here to see fall class descriptions.

Director of the Undergraduate Program

Each major program in the College Arts & Sciences is overseen by a Director of the Undergraduate Program. When students have questions about program requirements or areas of study, the Program Directors are excellent resources

Major Advisor

At the end of the second year, all College of Arts & Sciences students declare a major and are assigned an advisor from the major department you choose.

Changing a Faculty Advisor

Students who want to change their advisor may select another College of Arts & Sciences faculty member who will then notify the College's admnistrative office by e-mail (send to Judy Updike at Students can also print out the Change of Faculty Advisor Form and ask that the new advisor send it to:

College of Arts & Sciences
101 Monroe Hall
P.O. Box 400133
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4133