Advising is a priority at Westminster, not an afterthought. The advisor system assures that each student receives oversight, guidance and support from a faculty member dedicated to that student. New students have advisors assigned to them by the Director of Studies; returning students get to choose their advisor, assuring a good match. Some students will stay with the same advisor all four years, creating continuity and a strong bond; others change every year, preferring a different perspective and the opportunity to create meaningful relationships with several different faculty members.
Students meet with advisors at least once a week, but most will talk more often, as their paths cross frequently in this ideally-sized community. An advisor helps with transitions, monitors a student’s class performance, collects information and concerns from classroom teachers, observes a student’s interactions and reactions, mediates conflict, facilitates emerging independence, and opens conversation about a wide range of issues. The relationships between advisors and their advisees are some of the deepest and most long lasting of the many relationships formed on the Hill.
Westminster prides itself on educating the whole student rather than simply transmitting information, and these deep relationships with an advisor are integral to achieving that important goal.