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Academic Advising

At Cornish, the department chair will serve as the student’s main advisor or appoint a faculty member in that capacity. In addition to meeting with students before registration, the advisor will answer any questions regarding degree requirements and academic progress.

The Assistant Registrar will review students’ degree progress and make updated Advising Templates available to students at the end of each summer through Compass in order to detail their progress toward completion of degree requirements. The Advising Template indicates course requirements that are completed, course requirements in progress, and requirements still to be completed, as well as the expected graduation term as recorded in the College’s database.  Students can access their Advising Templates at any time on Compass, through the following path:

  • Academics tab
  • Registration and Advising page
  • Degree Audit portlet (click on “View All Details”)
  • Advising Template link (will open .pdf)

The Advising Template does not constitute an official academic record.  Rather, it is created in support of the student’s responsibility to be aware of timely completion of all degree requirements.  Students should contact the Assistant Registrar if they have any questions regarding how to read the Advising Template or feel there is incorrect or missing information.

The Advising Template is most easily understood when read in conjunction with the description of a student’s Model Program, which can be found on the Curriculum section of each department’s page on the Cornish website.  The Model Program details how degree requirements can best be satisfied over four academic years.