Academic advising is a four-year process, but the experience — individual guidance and support — begins during Orientation.
Your faculty advisor will help you choose courses with the aim of constructing a meaningful and balanced academic program. You'll see how you can pursue your intellectual passions and experiment with subjects that intrigue you, while at the same time embracing the breadth that's the hallmark of a liberal arts curriculum. You can also count on the help of your orientation leader and community advisor, plus the Office of Academic Advising. Together, these individuals will encourage you to challenge yourself, explore new and unfamiliar content, and take thoughtful academic risks. You'll undertake increasingly rigorous coursework, knowing that you're never far from those whose main goals are guiding your exploration and supporting your success.
For more information, contact the Office of Academic Advising at 740-427-5145.
You may find out about your advisor through your Orientation Leaders (OLs) and they will contact you in late July or early August via email or snail mail. You and your advisor will be matched from information you provided on your Personal Data form, including academic and personal interests and hobbies.
You will schedule classes after arriving on campus; for the Class of 2023 this will be on August 27, 2019 after lunch. Incoming transfer students will register on August 27, 2019 in the morning before first-years. We have new students students register for classes after meeting with their advisor and OLs, who are well-equipped to guide students to make the best decisions for their first year of Kenyon academics.
You will first meet with your advisor in a group with fellow advisees (each advisor is assigned to four or five new students). Your advisor will suggest courses in your field of interest and will help you to understand the process of registration as well. You also will learn more about your advisor’s role throughout the year. You then will meet individually with your advisor to choose a series of classes for which to register. To prepare for this meeting, you should browse the searchable schedule and come with ideas of which classes you would like to take. However, don’t be afraid to be flexible and to think about new options which your advisor may suggest.
This function of the Kenyon website allows you to research and mark courses you may be interested in taking during your years at Kenyon. It allows you to make potential schedules and begin to consider your academic track while you’re at Kenyon. You can visit the Kenyon Compass website to see what courses will be offered this fall and bookmark ones that sound interesting. You will need your Kenyon login and password for this.