Academic Services is the central academic information center for all undergraduate and graduate students as well as all faculty and staff. This includes interpreting and implementing university policies and procedures, coordinating First-Year Academic Initiatives and offering tutoring and comprehensive academic services for “at-risk” students.
Academic Services houses the Undergraduate and Graduate student academic advising. Students can consult with professional and peer academic advisors about myriad academic and personal issues. This includes academic goal setting and long-range planning, major selection and course registration, course-away approval and general advice and counsel. The center runs numerous workshops for students throughout the school year that address pertinent academic issues.
Undergraduate Academic Advising
Academic advising is an essential component of a Bentley education. The university is committed to providing individual assistance to students throughout their degree programs. A successful system of academic advising is highly dependent upon a shared commitment of students, faculty and staff as well as the availability of timely, accurate information. The faculty, students and staff of Bentley University view academic advising as a partnership relationship between a student and an academic advisor, with each partner having unique roles and responsibilities. Graduate students work with graduate student academic services for advising needs.
Although the particular needs of each student may vary, Bentley University expects all students and academic advisors to adhere to the following standards and practices:
- All first-year undergraduate students are assigned a faculty academic advisor as part of their First Year Seminar. This arrangement continues through the end of the first year. Transfer students are assigned an advisor who facilitates the transfer seminar. This arrangement continues throughout their program. All students will have access to professional advisors in Academic Services as well as faculty mentors in their major field of interest.
- Although many individuals on campus assist students in making decisions and accomplishing their educational goals, academic advisors are primarily responsible for assisting students in the development of meaningful educational goals and helping students navigate the Bentley University undergraduate curriculum. Students are encouraged to utilize the extensive network of academic support services available on campus, which empowers students to realize the full undergraduate experience.
- Faculty mentors in each academic department are available to guide and mentor students as they learn more about a particular field and/or have mutual professional or research interests.
- A select group of upper-class students serve as peer advisors in Academic Services, provide additional resources for students looking for general academic advising assistance. Peer advisors have been extensively trained to provide accurate and friendly service and have the ability to address, with objectivity, a wide variety of students’ questions and concerns.