Pre-Major Advising for Students

Pre-Major Advisors are assigned to students to support their transition to Tufts and to encourage intellectual curiosity. Pre-Major Advisors are available for conversations around and questions about academic interests. Students report that their Pre-Major Advisors are helpful in the following ways: friendly, accessible, knowledgeable, supportive, and provide connections to useful resources.

Student Responsibilities

1. Be Proactive
  • Show up on time for advising meetings, contact advisor in advance if you need to reschedule.
  • Come to appointments prepared with questions or concerns, and be sure to share your academic and personal goals with your advisor.
  • Read and understand the Tufts University Student Handbook
  • Maintain open lines of communication with your advisors, deans, and professors. Respond to emails and phone calls in a timely manner.
2. Be an engaged participant in your education
  • Familiarize yourself with the Bulletin, including graduation requirements for your intended area of study as well as general academic policies and procedures.
  • Be aware of relevant dates and deadlines on the academic calendar.
  • Read and understand the Tufts Academic Integrity Policy.
  • Know who your pre-major advisor and academic dean are.
  • Know when to ask for help (professors, Academic Resource Center, deans, advisors, etc.).
3. Acknowledge the many contributing factors to your academic success at Tufts
  • Take care of yourself physically, mentally, emotionally and know when to ask for help.
  • Actively engage in campus life.
  • Explore your interests and passions.
  • Build relationships in and out of the classroom with those who can help you meet your educational goals.
  • Be open to new ideas, experiences, and people.

Changing your Pre-Major Advisor

In extenuating circumstances, students are allowed to request a change of their Pre-Major Advisor. It is not appropriate for students to request a change of Advisor solely because their Advisor is not a faculty or staff member in their intended major.

For Liberal Arts Students, If you have been assigned to an Advising Plus course and wish to drop this course you will do so during registration at Orientation.  In such cases your Advisor will not be changed. 

If you seek information beyond what your Pre-Major Advisor has provided you, we suggest you reach out to your Student Success Advisor.  All requests to change advisors can also be made with your SSA. 

Declaring a Major and Finding an Advisor (Liberal Arts BA/BS Students)

Liberal arts students must declare their major by April 1st of the sophomore year. In order to do so, students need to ask a faculty member in that department to serve as their major advisor. Try the following approaches to meet faculty members, to learn more about areas of interest to you, and to find an advisor for the major you choose to declare.

  • Talk about your interests with professors you already know, even those in different departments.
  • Once you select a major, check out the backgrounds of the faculty in the department by visiting the departmental website. Keep in mind that you do not need to have an advisor with your identical interests.
  • Ask the department administratorif there is a list of available advisors.
  • Consult with potential advisors at non-peak times (not just before registration). Office hours are often listed on department web sites.
  • Make sure to attend the Marathon of Majors event in the fall and the Majors Week in the spring along with individual department receptions scheduled during Majors Week.

Your new advisor can be a wonderful resource for information on internship and research opportunities, potential career paths, and of course, logistics for completing your degree.

For additional assistance in choosing a major and/or finding a major advisor, please speak with your current advisor; visit office hours for faculty in your departments of interest; or make an appointment to meet with a Student Success Advisor or your Advising Dean.