Your First Year Academic Advisor

When you arrive at Gordon in the fall, you will be assigned an academic advisor who is either a faculty in your major department, or a designated first-year advisor. One of the keys to your success at Gordon is making a connection with your advisor. You will have a chance to meet your advisor during orientation.  You will also meet together in your first year to help you sharpen your academic and vocational direction. 

How to prepare for your first advising appointment in the fall

  1. Review the course catalog and check out the core requirements.
  2. Know your major. Visit the program’s web page to explore major requirements and other interesting information about your department.
  3. Make sure you have cleared all Medical and Financial holds on your account.
  4. Make sure you have completed the College Student Inventory (see GC101).
  5. Come with some questions or thoughts about your vocational interests or academic direction.

What to expect from your advisor

  1. Listens to your concerns and helps you clarify your academic and vocational interests.
  2. Guides you in the development of your educational plan.
  3. Provides accurate information about core and major courses, facilitating your understanding of the liberal arts from a Christian perspective.
  4. Refers you to other resources on campus to help you find academic success.