SUMMIT Advising

Who will you become while at Agnes Scott? What are your passions, convictions, and dreams?

Your Board of Advisors will guide you in exploring these questions as you build an educational plan customized to fit your strengths, interests and life goals. Boards of Advisors are a key component of SUMMIT, Agnes Scott’s new initiative that prepares all students for leadership in a global society. Boards of Advisors operate under the auspices of the Office of Academic Advising, which coordinates all academic policies and procedures across the college, as well as disability services, academic approvals, and special curricular programs.

Your personalized Board of Advisors will include a SUMMIT Advisor, a Peer Advisor, a Major Advisor (who is a faculty member), and Career Mentor. Together, they will challenge you to think deeply about your education and prepare for a meaningful life after Agnes Scott.

Your SUMMIT Advisor will be in touch even before you arrive on campus and stay with you throughout your entire undergraduate career. SUMMIT Advisors are academic professionals who are passionate about helping students get the most out of their Agnes Scott experience. They hold certification in academic coaching and possess broad knowledge about higher education. Your SUMMIT Advisor will listen carefully and ask questions that encourage you to reflect on your goals, experiences, strengths and challenges. They also will assist you in pursuing internships, mentored research, study abroad, service learning, and participation in campus organizations that complement your interests and passions.

Your Peer Advisor, is a trained upper-class student who will work with you during the summer before and throughout the fall semester of your first year to ensure a smooth transition to college life. Peer advisors are selected through a competitive process from an applicant pool of students who are high achieving, emerging leaders and represent the diversity of our student population. Peer Advisors field questions, listen to concerns, clarify college policies, and introduce new students to opportunities and resources across the campus.

When you are ready to declare your major, typically before the end of your sophomore year, you will add a Major Advisor to your Board. Your Major Advisor is a faculty member in your chosen field who will provide discipline-specific guidance about such things as major requirements, mentored research, internships, shadowing experiences, professional networking and graduate school.

Last but far from least, sometime during your sophomore or junior year, you will be matched with a Career Mentor to join your Board of Advisors. Your Career Mentor will help you prepare for life as a professional by providing advice about such things as networking, interviewing, job-shadowing and internships.