Academic Advising

Wellesley is committed to providing the support that each student needs to succeed.

Academic advising is geared to the needs of first-year students. The Office of Advising and Academic Support Services coordinate many of the College's efforts to help students realize their academic potential. 

The mission of the office of advising and academic support services is to:

  • Provide all students with individually focused advising and targeted academic support appropriate to their needs, along with programs that support the successful exploration of the College's curricular and co-curricular offerings.
  • Establish habits that lead to a lifelong pursuit of learning.
  • Understand and appreciate the relationship between learning within and outside the classroom.
  • Explore personal experiences, values and beliefs, leading to the articulation of a sense of purpose

Sharing in this work are the following offices:

Advising and academic support services: 

  • Class Deans: Providing strong individualized advising to students
  • Dean of First-Year Students: Serving the academic and personal needs of all first-year students throughout the entire first year. Lori Tenser is dean of the First-Year Class.
  • Office of Disability Services: Working with the entire campus community; services professionals are available to provide individualized assistance and information to students. Jim Wice is director of Disability Services.
  • Pforzheimer Learning and Teaching Center: Helping students maximize their educational opportunities and realize their academic potential. (Also helps faculty explore different methods of teaching and implement pedagogical innovations)
  • Career Education: Each incoming student gets assigned a mentor who will help guide her through the caree/jpb/internship process.

In addition, a peer-to-peer system of advising and mentoring pairs students with supportive student role models.

Peer-to-Peer Academic Advising and Mentoring

First-Year Mentors: Each first-year student is part of a first-year mentor group led by an upper-class student trained to assist students in making an effective transition to Wellesley College. Mentors are invaluable as guides to student life at Wellesley, because they are students themselves. 

Academic Peer Tutors: Each residence hall has one or more academic peer tutors, who are trained to work with students on study skills and help specifically with the academic aspects of the transition to Wellesley.