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DEADLINE:  Writing Sample due by January 4, 2020.

Get started with academic advising

Your arrival at Clark is only a month away, now is the time to begin planning your academic journey at Clark.

Clark advisers will help you plan every step of your education. There are three phases of academic advising:

  • Phase one, first semester advising, starts as you plan your first semester with an adviser at January Orientation.
  • Phase two, pre-major advising, begins with your first semester. Your First-Year Intensive professor will become your pre-major adviser, with whom you will work for several semesters until you declare your major.
  • Phase three, major advising, begins when you declare a major. At that time you will be assigned to a faculty adviser in your major.

Make your first semester everything you want it to be; start preparing now for your academic life at Clark.

  1. Submit your Writing Sample. This is a requirement for all first-year students, even if you have AP or college credit. The due date for the Writing Sample is January 4, but you should do it as soon as possible.
  2. In preparation for these advising conversations, it is important that you complete the Academic Adviser Information Form. It is due on January 4. Your orientation adviser will also be able to review your high school transcripts, application essays, and other admissions materials to help you make course selections and plan for the future.

Once you are on campus, the professor in your First-Year Intensive course will become your pre-major adviser. This adviser will counsel you on your academic choices at Clark, and will work with you until you declare a major during your sophomore year.

  • If you are uncertain about which major you should select — and don’t worry, approximately a quarter of the incoming class is undecided when they enter Clark — your pre-major adviser will help you make that decision over the next few semesters.
  • If you already know your future major, you do NOT need to pick a First-Year Intensive course based only on your intended area of academic study. All First-Year Intensive faculty are trained as pre-major advisers and can assist you with academic program planning. If necessary, your adviser will refer you to departmental experts for assistance in preparing for your intended major.
  • You will also meet your Orientation Coordinator—an experienced undergraduate who will help you, during Orientation and beyond, with your transition to the academic and social aspects of college life.

You will be assigned to a major adviser when you declare a major, which will occur after your first semester and before the end of your sophomore year. For additional information about selecting and declaring a major, see the Blue Book: Academic Advising Handbook (available after the first week of June).

Other Important Dates

January 4, 2020
Faculty Adviser Information Form is due. You must complete this before your summer advising appointment.

January 12, 2020
Attend Orientation to meet advisers and register for courses.