Support Role Definitions

First-Year Advisor

  • Academic Advisors to a caseload of first-year students they assist with the transition to college, selecting classes, staying on track with academics, and exploring/declaring their major
  • Provides guidance around the PLAN general education curriculum
  • Available to students via email, Zoom or in person to connect about academic goals, struggles, and successes
  • First-Year Advisors can be professional advisors or faculty trained to advise first-year students
  • Assist with sharing important academic deadlines and processes with first-years

Major Mentor

  • Organize welcome events for first-years declaring their majors
  • Serve as a resource and second point of contact for all declared first-years; Major Mentors will be listed in Workday as part of a student's “Network” as a Major Mentor
  • Attend regular check-ins with the Office of Advising regarding their declared first-year
  • Hold a group advising session for all declared and interested students, in preparation for fall 24 registration

Simmons Academic Mentors (SAMs)

  • Current Simmons student who assists first-years and transfers with academic acclimation to Simmons University
  • Provide peer academic support to first-years through the summer leading up to and during their first-year
  • Facilitate special events, hold weekly drop-in hours, and can meet with students 1-on-1 to provide peer academic support
  • Assist students with major exploration before declaring a major or minor
  • Help with course selection and online registration via Workday

Faculty Major Advisor

  • Faculty Major Advisor will replace a student's First-Year Advisor once they have earned 32 credits
  • Provides advising support from 32 credits earned until graduation
  • Faculty in a certain department/unit at Simmons
  • Assigned as an advisor only to students declared in the same major they teach in
  • Assist students with doing a deeper dive into their declared major and professional career
  • Helps students learn about internship opportunities, clinics, practicum placements, etc.
  • Provides guidance with staying on track with academics and being prepared for graduation
  • Makes refers to campus support resources when needed

Pre-Professional Advisor

  • A student who registers with the Pre-Health Program will be assigned a Pre-Professional Advisor that specializes in supporting students interested in preparation for admission to medical, dental, optometry, podiatry, veterinary, and physician assistant programs.

Honors Advisor

  • Students accepted into the honors program will have an Honors Advisor.
  • Honors Advisors ensure students understand the benefits of being in the honors program and stay on track with the honors program requirements.
  • Honors Advisors work with students to ensure that they are able to complete their major(s) and minor(s) while fulfilling Honors requirements.

Success Coach

  • Supports a caseload of undergraduate students needing additional academic 1-on-1 support with areas such as time management, planning/organizational skills, executive functioning, goal setting, understanding academic policies, getting connected with campus resources, etc.
  • Facilitates academic success workshops for all undergraduate students
  • Collaborates with campus partners to ensure students are connected to the appropriate wellness or academic resources