Academic advising at Whitman College begins when the student submits an application for admission. Before initial registration at Whitman, staff members in the Academic Resource Center (ARC) assign each first-year student to a faculty or staff member who serves as the student’s premajor adviser until the student declares a major. The student chooses a major before the end of the second semester of his or her sophomore year and will select a member of the department or teaching area in the student’s major field to serve as the student’s adviser.

In addition to premajor and major advising, advisers are available to assist students in selecting preprofessional courses suitable as preparation for graduate and professional study. Advisers also can assist students planning to study off-campus or to enter other special programs of the college.