Once you declare a major by the end of your sophomore year, you will choose (or have assigned to you) an academic advisor in your chosen field. It’s important to take the initiative and stop by during office hours so that you have an opportunity for the kind of conversations that are the foundation of your relationship with your faculty advisor. Have realistic expectations about the advisor’s role; for example, don’t expect a faculty member to be able (or willing) to rate every course in the curriculum. Your advisor may question you about your short-term and long-term academic goals and can help you plan a strategy for taking the greatest possible advantage of your undergraduate education. These conversations follow naturally once you’ve made the initial effort to talk to your advisor about your interests and aspirations.
Declared Majors may seek additional advising as well. The Academic Advising Directors provide information about undergraduate requirements and considerations, as well as resources and opportunities, including research and fellowships, that Stanford offers. For pre-professional interests such as pre-law, pre-health, and pre-business, contact the Pre-Professional Advisors located in Sweet Hall.