Pre-Major Advising for Students

Pre-Major Advisors are assigned to students to support their transition to Tufts and to encourage intellectual curiosity. 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.