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Academic Advising

Welcome to the Academic Advising Program at Holy Cross College

At Holy Cross College, Academic Advising is not just someone who tells a student when to take particular courses to graduate, an academic advisor is a mentor for students to discuss goals, academic interests, and how interests translate to careers, a personable resource to share challenges and triumphs whether academically or not, a guide to lead students in the right direction for campus and community resources, and simply a friendly face to check in with as a Holy Cross College student.  All advisors work together to ensure students have accurate information regarding policies and procedures, and all students have the tools necessary to make progress to graduate.


Academic advising

All students who enter Holy Cross College begin with an academic advisor.  Once a student declares a major, a faculty member in the major becomes the student’s primary academic advisor.

For the academic year 2022-2023 advisors are as follows:

Catherine Ficker – Assistant Director of Student Success and Academic Advisor
[email protected]


Major Faculty Academic Advisor
Meets with, and is the primary advisor, for students who have formally declared a major. Declaring a major typically happens after the first semester or first year. Each major has a designated faculty academic advisor. Students are welcome to meet with these advisors prior to declaring a major.  If students have declared and then have an intent to transfer, then they would still meet with their major academic advisor to discuss this process and schedule.

Juan A. Maldonado, II, MTS – Student Success Coordinator
[email protected]

Aurelia Wishart – Gateway Program Coordinator
[email protected]


Career Development

The Director of Career Development meets with, and is the primary advisor, for all students who are discerning a career pathway. He assists with opportunities within a specific field after graduation and is involved with community engagement opportunities during a student’s time at Holy Cross College.

Adam DeBeck – Director of Career Development 
[email protected]


The first-year academics

Required advisement meetings
Each student will be required to meet at least three to four times per semester with their academic advisor.  One of these meetings will be advisement for the forthcoming semester course plan, where students discuss potential schedules and students receive an Advisor PIN to register when registration opens.


Summer academic advising meetings and registration
Recently admitted students attend Saint Orientation Advisement & Registration (S.O.A.R.) sessions during the summer prior to the start of the academic year in August. Exact dates are published at the beginning of May.

Special Programs: Gateway, Driscoll Scholars, Navy ROTC Prep
Students admitted to the Holy Cross / Notre Dame Special Transfer Programs- Gateway, Driscoll Scholars, Navy ROTC Prep -will work closely with Mrs. Emily Rauch, the program coordinator. Students are encouraged to make appointments here, or reach out to her via email.

  • Gateway Program
    In their year at Holy Cross, Gateway students take a coordinated curriculum of classes at both Holy Cross and Notre Dame that align with their intended major and interests. Each semester, students will work with the Gateway Program Coordinator to select 4 courses at Holy Cross and one course at Notre Dame. In addition, students take two semesters of the one-credit Moreau First Year Experience course to fulfill Notre Dame’s first-year requirement.
  • Driscoll Scholars Program
    Driscoll Scholars complete two years of study at Holy Cross in preparation for a STEM major at Notre Dame. Curricula vary depending on one’s track in the College of Engineering or the College of Arts and Letters. Students will work with the Driscoll Scholars Program Coordinator to meet requirements for the Holy Cross Associate of Arts degree while completing core Math and Science requirements for their intended major.
  • Navy ROTC Prep Program (NPP)
    NPP students will follow a prescribed curriculum as indicated by the Navy ROTC offices at Notre Dame. Students work with the NPP Coordinator at Holy Cross to register for their courses and ensure they are staying on track for admission to Notre Dame. In order to prepare for a STEM major at Notre Dame, NPP students will take courses in Chemistry and Calculus, as well as Physics or Biology. They will also take the College Seminar course, as well as courses in US History and English.