The Academic Advising Office, within  Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, helps students develop the skills and strategies they need to be effective, independent, active learners so they can succeed in their academic endeavors. We fulfill our mission by collaborating with students, faculty and other offices, integrating a variety of resources and services in a respectful and supportive environment.

Our primary functions:

  • Individual and group instruction on: academic and life skills (e.g., time management, organization and planning; understanding course syllabi/expectations; overcoming procrastination; note taking; test preparation and study skills; class participation; probelm-solving skills; resources and techniques to minimize the impact of personal challenges on academics) and academic planning (e.g., choosing a major; determining academic plan or credits to graduation; interpreting academic policies; interacting effectively with faculty advisers)
  • Academic accommodations for students with disabilities
  • Peer tutoring for subjects within the humanities and social studies divisions
  • Academic difficulty reports from faculty, and follow up with students and advisers
  • Cooperative, cross-departmental programs including First-Year Tutorial, faculty advising, and the Grinnell Science Project, and the Committe on Academic Standing
  • Transfer student orientation
  • Exceptions to enrollment:  course withdrawals after the deadline and leaves of absence from the College

Desired Learning Outcomes

  • Students who meet with an academic advising staff member will feel more confident in their ability to manage their situations or handle similar situations in the future.
  • Students who meet with an academic advising staff member will learn about resources on campus that they did not know about or learn how to best access and use resources they already knew existed.
  • Students who meet with an academic advising staff member will learn a new academic skill or strategy such as organization/planning, time management, study skills, note taking, speaking up in class, or how to talk with a faculty member.
  • Students who use the tutoring program will be able to better understand their course material, course expectations, and become more independent learners.
  • Students who meet with a staff member to request academic accommodations for a disability will understand the process of requesting and being provided academic accommodations. Over time they will become more effective self-advocates.
  • By participating in the transfer student orientation, students will acquire skills and knowledge to make a successful academic transition to Grinnell College.